South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town January 1, 2012

Chandimal hurts elbow, but expected to play

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Dinesh Chandimal, the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman, is expected to be fit for the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Chandimal was struck on the right elbow during training on Sunday, was taken to the hospital for an x-ray and it was established that only had sustained bruising.

"It's not too serious," Anura Tennekoon, Sri Lanka team manager told ESPNcricinfo "We think we will be alright for the match and he will definitely bat in the nets tomorrow."

Chandimal replaced Kaushal Silva behind the stumps for the second Test and had a bright debut in the Durban. He made 58 in the first innings of the Durban Test, adding 111 with Thilan Samaraweera for the seventh wicket, and followed up with 54 in the second, putting together 104 with Kumar Sangakkara.

He was praised by captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, who tipped him to be a future member of 10,000 Test runs club, former captain Sanath Jayasuriya and many of his team-mates. Mahela Jayawardene said Chandimal was a "big factor" in the Durban win, which was Sri Lanka's first on South African soil.

Sri Lanka have suffered numerous injuries in the lead-up to the tour with four fast bowlers being unavailable due to injury before the squad was announced. During the tour match in Benoni, Nuwan Pradeep tore a hamstring and had to return home after bowling just ten balls. Also during that match, Kumar Sangakkara tore the webbing between two of his fingers, but recovered in time for the first Test.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Prema1948 on January 2, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    MrSumeetGupta SLan Cricket set-up is completely different from all others. It is the normal behavior to play the best available11 players although it is not the practice with local selectors of last 2&1/2 decades who have had no clue what to look for in a player. As a result TheWorld couldn't see many a highly talented players emerged during the last 20 years.The reckless hitters who have had no proper control over their stroke play 've b'n considered as indispensable .Some players are given permanent places in the Team for no valid reason.If a established player is prepared to play even if 1 of his limbs were missing is allowed to do so,by considering performances of his previous birth. Spinners who can't spin (without assistance from bowlers' foot-holds) the ball nor extract bounce off the pitch are preferred to bowlers who can win matches singlehandedly. Chandimal together with extremely talented AngeloPerera should 've b'n brought into the side straight from school.

  • pradeep_dealwis on January 2, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ Mainly because Prasanna Jayawarddena is the better keeper, probably the best pure keeper in the world. and PJ has been good with the bat as well of late. Obviously we'll see a lot more of Chandimal in years to come, but i see him giving up the gloves and moving in to Sangakkara's No.3 position later on

  • ramz_01 on January 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Sumeet.gupta yup u ryt he kept well.only their is a couple of reason delayd his test career bcz i thnk in SL he has big reputation as a pure batsman o batsman w.keeper nd otr resn is PJ.pj dne well behind da stump.to be honest SL dne well to use him as a wk batsman in durban test.datz tk alotz of presure out of chandimal to score big runs.anyway nw i thnk better to gv him ODI gloves nd free sanga frm duties, dat cn expct alot more runs frm sanga.

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    What I have understood is that Chandimal has been a favorite among Sri Lanka fans since his introduction.He has more popularity than Mathews,although played less number of matches.His strikes are beautiful to watch and he is not a player who get stuck under pressure.He is aggressive who takes the challenge to the bowlers...

  • Rave1 on January 2, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    think in Chandimals case we gave him time to mature as a well rounded player in the domestic circuit..his inclusion into the squad was based upon him getting big runs in the recent domestic season..he has a bright future in the international arena..hope he delivers as expected by all Sri Lankan fans and re stamp Sri Lankan authority in international cricket..heres me wishing you for the best Chandimal!

  • softnuwan on January 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Chandi wish u all the best bro

  • Sumeet.Gupta on January 2, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I thought his keeping was more than satisfactory by test standards. In case he's as good a 'keeper as he seems to be, i wonder why his debut was delayed by so much. Any SL fan caring to enlighten me? Because whatever little that i have seen off him, he seems to be a very talented player

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    danish chandimal is one of the future of srilanka in the middle order like jaywardena and as the time goes chandimal will play series role in the middle order

  • anver777 on January 2, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Hope Chandimal will be fit & play this crucial deciding test.....SA is under pressure & SL must take the fullest advantage.... Go SL Go !!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    get well soon,you should be there,best wishes for the next game & the future

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