Huge setback for Sri Lankan as express pacer Dushmantha Chameera has been ruled out of the entire T20 World Cup 2022. Chameera could have proved to be very effective on Australia’s tracks.
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Chameera was excellent with the ball against the UAE where he took three wickets for his side, but he could not complete his full four-over quota after pulling up with a calf injury.
Chameera is not the only one, but there are also concerns over Danushka Gunathilaka and Pramod Madushan’s hamstring injuries.
Sri Lankan coach Chris Silverwood believes it may have something to do with the weather
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“The temperatures we’re experiencing, the boys are not used to,” Silverwood said. “It’s certainly not Colombo. Even I’m cold, a little bit. You can’t help it. The preparation and facilities we were given having arrived early, were superb. The boys have prepped the best we possibly can. We had a good camp in Kandy before we got on an airplane and came here. We’ve made the best of what we’ve had really.”
“I think we adjusted pretty well today,” Silverwood said. “In the first game we didn’t read the conditions particularly well, and we certainly didn’t grasp them. We’re not hiding from that. That’s something that we spoke about in the debrief quite honestly.The coach also expressed his satisfaction with Nissanka’s performance with the bat. “Pathum at the top of the order played a real match-winning innings. He should be very proud of himself for what he’s done, helping the team get across the line,” said Silverwood.
Sri Lanka completed a thumping victory over UAE in its second group-stage encounter on Tuesday which came off the back of a brilliant bowling performance by Chameera and co.
Sri Lanka’s batting is still a concern as only the top three batters managed to cross the double-digit mark in the previous match against UAE, their middle order needs to stand up.
The island nation will lock horns with the Netherlands in the 9th match of the T20 World Cup 2022 on the 20th of October