Pathum Nissanka of Sri Lanka is expect to miss the second Test against India. If Nissanka is unable to play, Chandimal or Kusal Mendis could step in.
In Mohali, Sri Lanka defeat by India by an innings and 222 runs. They will be hoping for a better performance in the series’ second and final Test, which will be played with the pink ball under the lights in Bengaluru. However, the team has been dealt a blow ahead of the Test match, as batter Pathum Nissanka is reportedly injure and may miss the game.
Nissanka was one of Sri Lanka’s few bright spots in Mohali, scoring a valiant half-century in the first innings.
According to a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official, the 23-year-old has aggravated his old back injury and his situation is being monitored at the moment. “Pathum has some back pain from one of his previous injuries; we will monitor his situation, but he is unlikely to play,” a CricWire official said.
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Who will take Nissanka place if he is ruled out?
In the event that Pathum Nissanka is rule out, Sri Lanka has only two batters in the squad – Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis. Both batters have struggled in the longest format and will have to bat out of their skins to make an impact. Mendis hasn’t played a Test match since January 2021, while Chandimal hasn’t scored a half-century in the last nine innings.
Given that the second Test against India will play during the day, Sri Lanka may consider including Chandimal due to his experience. The toss will also be important, and the visitors would prefer to bat first because it is the only way they will be able to put pressure on India.
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