SL v WI, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele September 28, 2012

Injured Dananjaya doubtful for West Indies clash


Akila Dananjaya, the Sri Lanka spinner, is doubtful for the World Twenty20 Super Eights match against West Indies on Saturday after suffering an injury to his face during Thursday's game against New Zealand in Pallekele.

The team management said that X-rays and MRI scans have revealed that Dananjaya had suffered a fracture on his left cheek bone as a result of the blow.

"Akila is in pain and is on antibiotics at the moment," Sri Lanka media manager Rajith Fernando said. "The left side of his face is swollen and he has difficulty opening his mouth. He is on a liquid diet."

Dananjaya, who made his international debut at the age of 18, was hit on the face by a full-blooded drive from New Zealand opener Rob Nicol, with the ball going through his hands to strike the left side of his face.

Dananjaya continued to bowl after treatment on the field with cotton up his nose to stop the bleeding and finished with figures of 2 for 32, the best bowling figures from both sides.

"The team management will take a call on Akila depending on how fit he will be to take the field for tomorrow's game," Fernando said.

Sri Lanka went on to win the match in the Super Over eliminator after the two teams had tied at the total of 174.

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  • Janaka on September 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    It's a very dark day for Sri Lanka as well as Akila. My god! I feel very sad. This is why ICC should introduce some sort of face guard for bowlers. Specially for fast bowlers, drive shots can come back very fast, and they cannot control their body that fast in their follow through.

  • Nilantha on September 29, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I have to add that I have never liked Brendon' mcc due to his run out of murali all those years ago but he was very sporting in looking after Akila when he got hit. He has just won a neutral fan back with that the way,not doubting his ability as a player, always thought he was a great player, just his sporting values before...

  • Dru on September 29, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    If the guy has a fractured cheek and cannot eat SL need to seriously consider replacing him in the squad. You cannot play WC cricket on a liquid diet - that's just asking too much from a guy who is only 18.

  • Nilantha on September 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Get well soon young man, I think we should bring eranga in as his replacement rather than herath as the windies generally play spin well. Eranga may just keep gayle and Charles on the back foot for a couple of overs which can help us to reduce the score...good luck Sri Lanka

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Hey sanga_cricket_fan: I see why u r a sanga fan over all those great players who actually play for the team and not for themselves. You don't look in to details! It was Nicol who was on strike when Akila was hit, not Brendo. And you consider that wicket a flat track LOL!

  • Kasun on September 29, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    It's a brave and courageous option ta carry on bowling after a such blow. well done young man.

  • Nilanka on September 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    This is crazy talk! SL should rest Dhananjaya for the rest of the tournament This guy could be another Murali or Ajmal. It's too early to tell. A player with this kind of injury and medical condition should not be played. It could harm his career and his life. Please don't let talent like this go to the trash bin, Use him sparingly. Sri Lanka should not be that desperate.

  • Sandeepa on September 29, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Get well soon young gun , U can do it again Akila, u have guts to do this

  • Amila on September 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Just look at the picture .... The way Mccullum reacted to the situation.... just Great. two thumbs up mate.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    From what I've seen of him so far, he'll be wanting to play! I hope he plays!

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