Lasith Embuldeniya leaves the field in Port Elizabeth after dislocating his thumb.
by Rex Clementine
One of Sri Lanka’s most promising spin bowlers – Lasith Embuldeniya had been forced to undergo a second surgery on his dislocated thumb after local medical experts found out that the initial surgery done in South Africa had ‘flaws’, The Island learns.
South Africa is reputed for its world class medicine facilities and the country is the best in the region for medical treatment. As for Embuldeniya, however, things had not gone right. Local professionals were not questioning the medical efficiency of South Africa but argued that long haul flights for the cricketer immediately after the surgery may have had adverse effects.
Embuldeniya was called up for his maiden tour with the Sri Lankan side aged 21 and made his Test debut in Durban. He impressed with a five wicket haul in the second innings as Sri Lanka won a tensed game by one wicket.
Then in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, Embuldeniya hurt his left thumb on day one of the game. Attempting a return catch off Kagiso Rabada, the former Royal College player dislocated his left thumb and was rushed to hospital. There he underwent surgery the same night and took no further part in the game as he was ruled out for six weeks.
Embuldeniya made a comeback during New Zealand’s tour of the island last year and he has been understudy to Dilruwan Perera. However, he has been having trouble with his left thumb unable to bend it and the pain has been excruciating when the thumb makes impact with the ball.
Upon seeking second opinion, Embuldeniya had been advised to go for a second surgery on the thumb. The timing was such that he underwent surgery soon after COVID lock down was lifted and although he missed a large junk of domestic games, he returned for the last couple for NCC.
The national cricket team will resume training today at RPS targeting Bangladesh’s tour of the island and Embuldeniya is part of the pool of 23. He is expected to be drafted into the squad of 15.
Bangladesh will arrive in the island later this month and will be playing a three match Test series starting in the last week of October.
Sri Lanka suffer heavy defeat in Galle after dramatic collapse
Rex Clementine in Galle
After an impressive ODI series win, the national cricket team is back to square one as they suffered a heavy ten wicket defeat in the first Test in the most embarrassing way inside three days here in Galle. Sri Lanka were shot out for 113 runs in their second innings in 22.5 overs as it took Australia less than a session to run through the opposition with spinners sharing all ten wickets. It’s Sri Lanka’s second lowest total ever in Galle.
Trailing by 109 runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka started off well as the openers added 37 runs for the first wicket. Mitchell Starc’s first over had gone for 17 runs including four boundaries. That was the end of seam as Pat Cummins reverted to an all spin attack and the trio of Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson and Travis Head ensured that Australia were home before lunch.
The Australian batters had used the sweep shot to great effect and Sri Lankans took a leaf out of them trying to bat themselves out of trouble with the high risk stroke. But there was a significant difference. Sri Lanka’s bowling was wayward and all over the place while the Australians were on the money and it was just a matter of time before the batsman perished.
Dimuth Karunarante and Pathum Nissanka fell in successive overs and then Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando departed in the space of seven deliveries as Sri Lanka were reduced to 63 for four.
A 32 run stand followed between Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva for the fifth wicket and Pat Cummins figured that Swepson had become predictable. Then he threw the ball to part-timer Travis Head, who had never taken a Test wicket in his career. Soon, he became lethal polishing the lower order as he picked up four wickets in 17 deliveries.
Head claimed his maiden Test wicket with his second delivery as Chandimal was bowled neck and crop. The batsman was standing in disbelief after the ball had spun sharply and went through the gate. Three deliveries later, Dhananjaya de Silva was trapped leg before wicket to leave Sri Lanka with the tail. There was not much resistance as the last six wickets fell for 13 runs as Australia wrapped the Test match inside three days. Australia needed just five runs for victory and Warner leveled the scores with a reverse sweep for four off Ramesh Mendis in the third ball of the innings. The next ball he launched for a six to win the game in style before lunch.
Isipathana prevail over Wesley in close game
By a Special Sports Correspondent
Isipathana College produced magic in the dying minutes in their Division 1 Segment 1A Group B match against Wesley at the Sugathadasa Stadium to produce a 10-0 win yesterday.
Wesley had only themselves to blame for giving away four yellow cards; two of which went to Shaveen Jayawardene. The score at half time was nil all.
The winners produced a penalty and a conversion while the try came through Wewara Pandith.In the other match played yesterday Trinity beat St. Anthony’s College 25-18 and remain unbeaten after the second week of matches.
Renuka, Deepti give India 1-0 lead
India beat Sri Lanka in the opening ODI of the three-match series in Pallekele, but not before a scare. Sri Lanka offspinner Oshadi Ranasinghe took two early wickets, left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera took 4 for 39 through the middle overs, and for a brief period, it seemed that Sri Lanka would successfully defend 171.
However, their below-par total meant India’s struggling batting line-up could creep up and register a four-wicket win, bringing relief to a unit that would have wanted to chase it down with ease at the halfway mark.
But, arguably, it was Renuka Singh’s early strike that made the biggest difference in Sri Lanka’s chances of searching for the win after choosing to bat. She got the big wicket of Sri Lanka’s star batter and captain Chamari Athapaththu in the third over of the morning, and later closed her day out with two late wickets of Nilakshi de Silva and Ranasinghe with two slower balls.
Sharma and Renuka Singh picked up three-wicket hauls to bowl out Sri Lanka for 171. Deepti feasted through the middle overs of the first innings, making full use of the big turn on offer, dismissing Hansima Karunaratne for a duck and Hasini Perera for 37. Deepti took the final Sri Lankan wicket too, leaving the hosts with ten deliveries unused.
176 for 6 (Harmanpreet Kaur 44, Shafali Verma 35, Harleen Deol 34, Inoka Ranaweera 4-39) beat Sri Lanka Women 171 (Nilakshi de Silva 43, Hasini Perera 37, Deepti Sharma 3-25, Renuka Singh 3-29) by four wickets.
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