Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dinesh Chandimal axed for ODIs vs India despite Test ton

Sri Lanka this morning left out Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal from the one-day squad to face India on the day he completed a crucial century to help his side save face in the third Test.

Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal

All-rounder Asela Gunaratne and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka return to the side that has lost 21 one-day games this year and won just four. Chandimal, who was last man out for 164 in Sri Lanka's first innings in New Delhi this morning, is the major victim of the latest changes made to rejuvenate the national fortunes.

Sri Lanka Cricket last week named Thisara Perera as one-day captain in place of Upul Tharanga. Under Tharanga, Sri Lanka suffered three consecutive ODI whitewashes this year against South Africa, India and Pakistan. Gunaratne returns to the side for the first time since being injured in July against India in Galle. He will strengthen the batting order alongside Angelo Mathews, who returns having missed the last ODI series against Pak through injury.

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