Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Peresa, who was forced to retire hurt in the game against India due to a hamstring injury, will have to undergo a radiographic testing later today to know the extent of the injury.
Meanwhile, the Lankan team management is waiting for the results to know more on his availability for their very important clash against Pakistan on June 12. India lost to Sri Lanka in a Group B match at the Oval yesterday. Chasing 322 to win, Sri Lanka were off to a brilliant start, thanks to half centuries from Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis.
After their 159-run partnership for the second wicket was broken, Kusal Perera walked out to bat ahead of Dinesh Chandimal and made a crucial 44-ball 47 before he was forced to retire as he was seen in pain. He was carried to the dressing room by the physio and thus Asela Gunaratne joined Mathews in the middle and took the Islanders home.
“It’s always the coach and the captain under the firing line. Today, once again, Kusal Perera’s call was also crucial. As a captain, I had to send him, and there would have been a few bullets fired at me if it hadn’t gone too well. But that’s what we are there for, to take crucial decisions at crucial times, and it doesn’t matter if it fails,” Mathews said after Sri Lanka’s record run chase.
In case the injury is too grave for Perera to play the next game, the team management is likely to rope in all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva, who is a backup player in the team.
If the Lankans beat Pakistan, they will go through to the semis and if the match ends in a washout, they will hope that the match between India and South Africa produces a result so that they can make it to the next round.
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