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Kapugedara ruled out Malinga to lead while Dhananjaya de Silva and Munaweera back

Kapugedara ruled out Malinga to lead while Dhananjaya de Silva and Munaweera back
Kapugedera ruled out of fourth ODI; Malinga to lead
Rex Clementine • Last updated on Tue, 29 Aug, 2017, 07:17 PM
Chamara Kapugedera copped criticism from his teammates after defying the collective decision to field in the third ODI.
Chamara Kapugedera copped criticism from his teammates after defying the collective decision to field in the third ODI. © AFP

 

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI against India after stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera was ruled out with a back injury. Kapugedera, who was brought in as captain in place of Upul Tharanga, who was suspended for two games due to a slow over rate offence, hurt his back during the third ODI, which Sri Lanka lost by six wickets.

 

 

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka, who hurt his shoulder during the second ODI will go through a fitness test on Wednesday morning to determine whether he can play or not. Sri Lanka have brought in Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilshan Munaweera as cover.

 

 

Kapugedera, who captained the side in the absence of regular captain Upul Tharanga, was sent to meet the doctors, alongside opener Gunathilaka and Test captain Dinesh Chandimal. While Gunathilaka hurt his shoulder during the second ODI while fielding, Chandimal sustained a hairline fracture on his right thumb after being hit by a Hardik Pandya delivery. Chandimal, though, has already been ruled out of the series.

 

 

Kapugedera was already under fire for defying the collective team decision to bowl first in the third ODI, and instead chose to bat.

 

 

Having lost the first two ODIs batting first, Sri Lanka had decided to chase in the third ODI and everyone in the Sri Lankan camp was stunned when Kapugedera elected to bat first after winning the toss.

 

 

Kapugedera apologized to his team after the embarrassing six-wicket defeat on Sunday which saw India take an unassailable 3-0 lead. An insider also called his decision as 'brain fade'.

 

 

Sri Lanka take on India in the fourth ODI at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on August 31.

Posted on 2017-08-31 11:27:24
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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