Their key pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out for the next game due to dislocating the little finger of his right hand. He has given a week's rest to get fit, according to International Cricket Council (ICC).
Pradeep injured himself during their practice session in the nets while he was bowling to Kusal Perera. Nuwan Pradeep. Image Courtesy: Getty " Thankfully his small finger has not fractured, it's only a dislocation. He was in serious pain and was taken to the hospital to examine the seriousness of the injury. "He was also administered with antibiotics", Sri Lanka Team manager Asantha De Mel said.More news: Race to replace Theresa May in United Kingdom gets underway
The blow came at a frustrating time as Sri Lanka's next clash is against Bangladesh on Tuesday and especially because Pradeep was in sync with his bowling rhythm. He will miss Tuesday's game against Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka have won one game, lost one and their last game against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain.More news: Vatican: Transgender Identity Destabilizes The Family
Kasun Rajitha, who has been training with the team in the United Kingdom as a standby option, would likely replace Pradeep should he be forced to withdraw from the squad completely.
With the exception of Lasith Malinga, Pradeep has been the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers so far in this World Cup, having performed better than the experienced duo of Isuru Udana and Suranga Lakmal.
In another injury scare, Lahiru Thirimanne also felt discomfort in his knee during practice, which raises doubts about his match-fitness for Tuesday.More news: Esha Deol Takhtani welcomes baby girl Miraya home