Lakshan and Samarawickrama to play?

Sri Lanka, who lost the series opener by 38 runs on Sunday (25), will meet strong India in the second T20I today (27) under lights, from 8 p.m., at the R. Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo. Continued to be hit by the injury bug, their leading dashing top-order batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa is going to miss the remainder of the series due to a fractured thumb, team sources told the Morning Sports yesterday (26).

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.

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