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Dinesh Chandimal condenses rollercoaster career into one innings

His year has been even stranger than the team’s. For nine months, he didn’t appear once for Sri Lanka, in any format. In August he was picked in the Test squad to play New Zealand, but was running drinks, not earning a place in the XI.

On his return to Tests, in Rawalpindi, he got that unplayable ball of the match from Mohammad Abbas – one further kick in the gonads.

Such has been his luck, it was almost a surprise the selectors didn’t take the opportunity to drop him for his two-ball duck…

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