Champions Trophy 2017 June 7, 2017

Gunathilaka replaces injured Kapugedera in Sri Lanka's squad


Danushka Gunathilaka has hit three half-centuries in 19 ODIs so far © Getty Images

Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Kapugedera has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy with an injury to his right knee, which was sustained during training on Wednesday. He has been replaced with opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka, who was on stand-by in England.

"Kapugedara [had] a heavy pounding on the right knee when he landed on it awkwardly during a fielding drill this morning, and radiographic investigation has revealed a meniscal tear coupled with an acute tendon injury," a board release said. "Tournament and SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks, followed by a review of the injury."

Though Gunathilaka, who is likely to play the match against India on Thursday, is officially replacing Kapugedara, he will effectively be taking the place of Upul Tharanga at the top of the order. Kapugedara's middle order position, meanwhile, will be assumed by Angelo Mathews, who is set to play his first ODI since August last year.

Kapugedara was out first ball in Sri Lanka's tournament opener against South Africa, but had been in some form in the approach to the tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Dhawala05 on June 9, 2017, 11:30 GMT

    My SL xi vs Pak - Dickwella Danushka Mendis Kapugedera Mathews Dananjaya Thisara Lakmal Prasanna Pradeep Malinga

  • joevaco on June 8, 2017, 17:58 GMT

    What a blessing in disguise.

  • amuni12 on June 8, 2017, 17:45 GMT

    Did SL win any tournaments with Kapugedara as a teammate? Kapu may be a good player but does not seem to have the temperament to play in big name tournaments.

  • RVC-38 on June 8, 2017, 9:08 GMT

    You really do have to give Sri Lanka a chance, India have had an easy run playing at home a lot lately, if you look for the 2 years India have played 15 odi's outside of India, they have played Zimbabwe 6 times for 6 wins whoopie, Pakistan once for one win, they have played Bangladesh 3 times and only won one and they have played Australia who by all accounts are not very good 5 times for 2 wins, unless they played a World Cup in India that form does not look world champ material.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 8, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    SHARRENSTONE You forget that after the 124 run win over Pakistan, India has a massive advantage over other teams in terms of net run rate. If they're involved in a three way tie, India is sure to qualify, unless they lose by an equally big margin. The only way India would be "ousted" is if they lose both their remaining group stage matches, which seems unlikely considering the form they're in.

  • harshan82 on June 8, 2017, 8:33 GMT

    I guess the suggestion that he had been in "some form" is relative. With 98 ODIs averaging 21.24 with not a century to speak of, I guess making "some" runs against Scotland counts for something. Sorry for being so harsh. But really he has had so many chances to prove the critics wrong and failed.

  • harshan82 on June 8, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    Glad you clarified the injury was sustained while fielding, it certainly wouldn't have been from his golden duck against South Africa.

  • Criceketfan on June 8, 2017, 7:32 GMT

    Another best day for india hope today 300+ runs from top indian batting line up i felt one change replace jadeja aswin back in will be perfect for india

  • CRICFAN564789 on June 8, 2017, 5:59 GMT

    @Colombo_International: You are absolutely right.. that was the last time SL won against India. Probably that is why Ajith Agarkar led discussion panel was so keen to highlight the slow over-rate, demanding a big punishment on Tharanga in their post-match review discussion ( ) . When NZ did a similar thing a day after exceeding 4 hrs, none bothered to highlight it, let alone bold headlines. NZ skipper quietly escaped with least penalty.

    UT immediately plugged the 3 yrs old single-digit gaping hole left behind by 10-ball single-digit master KJP at top. Ultimately UT got back his regular Opening position... after 3+ yrs of his prime career was ruined. Since then (in 2017): his 9 odis - had yielded 365 runs for SL @ 40.55 Av- 91 SR - 110 HS - 1x100/2x50.

    UT /ND together had done a marvelous job for SL , yet this is the 3rd time the ICC's ruthless judges had dealt cruel blows on ND (twice) & now UT.

  • lakshitha.jayakody on June 8, 2017, 5:18 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedera - 98 ODIs, 1,551 runs, average 21.24, only 8 fifties, no centuries. Enough is enough for giving chances for these type of players. This has been the biggest problem with Sri Lankan cricket from many years.

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