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Injury woes for Sri Lanka as Perera replaces Chandimal

March 10, 2015 10:48 IST

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera of Sri Lanka walks to the nets session. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury and replaced in the squad by Kusal Perera, organisers said on Tuesday.

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Chandimal was injured batting against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday and forced to retire hurt after making 52 from 38 balls as Sri Lanka lost to the tournament co-hosts by 64 runs.

Lefthanded batsman Perera, who has scored 839 runs in 41 one-day internationals, is the fourth injury replacement in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad since it was announced.

Batsman Dimuth Karunaratne fractured his finger and was replaced by leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna last week, while Jeevan Mendis and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad have also returned home because of injury.

Perera had already been called up as precautionary cover for Karunaratne but Prasanna was selected as the official replacement for the batsman as Rangana Herath was recovering from a cut to his spinning finger.

The 1996 champions have already qualified for the quarter-finals after winning three of their first five matches and face Scotland in their final Pool A match in Hobart on Wednesday.

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