Sri Lanka are likely to be without the services of Wanindu Hasaranga for one more game.
File photo of Wanindu Hasaranga playing a shot in against England. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Wanindu Hasaranga suffered a groin muscle strain in first ODI
- Sri Lanka have drawn the ODI series level
- This series is crucial for Sri Lanka with Super League points at stake
Sri Lanka after monitoring the condition of all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga who suffered a groin strain in the first ODI vs Australia. Hasaranga was Sri Lanka’s best player in the first match, scoring a rapid cameo of 37 runs and then returning to pick up four wickets. While the hosts lost the game, the leg-spinning all-rounder continued his Indian Premier League form, raking up yet another stunning performance.
He was ruled out of the second ODI, one that Sri Lanka won and drew the series level. Sri Lanka cricket informed that the medical staff were monitoring the condition of the all-rounder and would keep the team updated about the same and hence the right-hander would remain to be in the squad in the five-match ODI series.
The medical team is assessing his situation and will update the team management on a daily basis about the player’s condition.
Hence, Hasaranga will continue to remain with the squad during the entirety of the ODI series. #SLvAUS
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) June 18, 2022
The home series against Australia is crucial for Sri Lanka given they would hope to make it to the 2023 World Cup in India via direct qualification. They are currently in the ninth position in the league table and would hope to better their performance.
Sri Lanka came back strong after losing the first ODI and would hope to get some consistency in their belt.
Previously in the T20I series, they were absolutely drubbed by Australia in the first two matches before winning the third and the final game. At the time, captain Dasun Shanaka had said that Sri Lanka need to be at the top of their game against the quality Australian side and keep the momentum going.
The third ODI of the series would be played in Colombo on 19 June, Sunday.