Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga suspended; Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne roped in ODI squad vs India
Sri Lanka batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been roped in the ODI squad for the remaining three games of the five-match series against India. despite Akila Dananjaya's overhaul of the India batsmen, Sri Lanka lost the plot when a clam headed duo of MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chased down the score to claim a win in Pallekele.
The duo has been called in the squad after the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a two-match ban on skipper Upul Tharanga for a slow over rate offence.
Lanka were ruled to be three overs short during their nerve-wracking three-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the second ODI to go 0-2 down in the ongoing series in Pallekele.
Match Referee Andy Pycroft imposed the ban on Tharanga, who previously served a similar two-match suspension during the ICC Champions Trophy when Sri Lanka were found guilty of slow over rate during their tournament opener against South Africa.
Test skipper Chandimal, who was surprisingly dropped from the original squad, is likely to come in Tharanga's place at number four spot in the batting order, as media reports suggest.
Thirimanne, who made his last international ODI appearance in January 2016, has appeared in a 107 ODIs for the country and is expected to provide a good experience to the batting group.
The third ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Kandy on August 27, Sunday.
(With ANI Inputs).