New Delhi [India], July 27 (ANI): With all-rounder Krunal Pandya testing positive for COVID-19, Tuesday’s T201 between India and Sri Lanka has been postponed and is likely to take place on Wednesday if the rest test negative.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said Krunal has tested COVID-19 positive and that forced the two teams to go into isolation till reports come in of the rest of the players. “Krunal has tested positive and the T201 on Tuesday has been postponed and will happen on Wednesday if all the others test negative. The players are currently isolating,” the source said. (ANI)
The other in-form top-order bat Charith Asalanka, who struck a 26-ball 44 on Sunday, has also sustained a hamstring injury and was awaiting medical reports last evening while rookie opening batsman Pathum Nissanka, who is yet to play in the current India series, too has suffered a hand injury during net practices on Sunday.
This means that, along with Rajapaksa, both Asalanka and Nissanka too are doubtful starters for the second T20I today.
Earlier, following the defeat of the first match of the series on Sunday, Sri Lanka team sources said both Ashen Bandara and Akila Dananjaya were to be dropped for the second match of a three-match series.
In place of them, the 22-year-old uncapped fast-bowling all-rounder Dhananjaya Lakshan and the 25-year-old wicket-keeper-bat Sadeera Samarawickrama, who has already played seven T20Is, are likely to be included, sources added.
Bandara struggled in the middle during Sri Lanka’s runs chase on Sunday taking 19 deliveries for his nine runs while spin bowler Dhananjaya gave away 40 runs in three overs as India made 164/5 batting first.
2nd T20 Sri Lanka vs India- Sri Lanka XI-
3.Minod Bhanuka (Wicket-Keeper)
4.Charith Asalanka (If fit) or Dhananjaya De Silva (VC)
6.Dasun Shanaka (Captain)