Damage-strike Sri Lanka can however contend, insists skipper Karunaratne

Sri Lanka cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne speaks throughout a information conference in advance of the two test cricket matches versus England for the ICC Environment Exam Championship in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will be without many key players for the next test towards South Africa but captain Dimuth Karunaratne insists his side could nonetheless show competitive when the match receives underway on Sunday.

Muscle mass strains strike the workforce greatly in their initially exam loss in Pretoria with Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara all struggling really serious personal injury that guidelines them out of the second check at The Wanderers Stadium.

Suranga Lakmal, who is Sri Lanka’s most knowledgeable quickly bowler, will have to move a late fitness examination if he is to avoid also remaining sidelined.

“We really do not have our best XI but we have some quite great youngsters who have carried out nicely in domestic competitors and can make the action up,” Karunaratne explained to a information convention on Saturday.

“I sense the kids will do their greatest. I believe that we can do it and we have a fantastic chance to win.”

Sri Lanka took 21 players on tour, and numerous new caps are expected to be named on Sunday.

The readers dropped by an innings and 45 operates irrespective of a to start with innings total of 396 operates and Karunaratne felt they would have stood a very good possibility of profitable the opening check had been it not for the devastating personal injury toll.

“I’ve in no way faced a condition like this and maybe no a single has, exactly where in 1 match you eliminate a few bowlers,” he added.

“When we started out we experienced a well balanced assault, with bowlers I could use for various roles. But in the to start with innings we misplaced that. We experienced been in a position exactly where we could have even dominated the video game.”

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