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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY softnuwan on | January 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Chandi wish u all the best bro

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 7:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY 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!

  • POSTED BY softnuwan on | January 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Chandi wish u all the best bro

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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 !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 7:38 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Well done , Second Test, that's the CHRISTMAS PRESENT YEAR 2011, now 3rd Tes,t bring New Year2012 Present. ALL THE BEST FOR 3rd TEST

  • POSTED BY gularan on | January 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Arn't we forgetting what we learnt from the last test so soon ? viz it is teamwork and not haphazard singular performances that matter in cricket. If Chandimal is unfit, so be it, let the guy who takes his place put his hand up to be counted. SL has depended on a few individuals for too long. Take a step ahead folks and make it another team effort this time too. May the triple gem bless and keep our lads in good stead in the next match.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    It was nice to see Chandimal given a chance and do well. Dilshan just needs to sort his own batting out as he's placed his wicket on a silver plate for South Africa to take so far in the series. Piranavitana is not convincing at the top of the order as he takes so long to get in and score when he gets out theyre are not many runs on the board or any momentum for Sri Lanka to take control.Sri Lanka needs to find a solid opening pair and for Matthews to try not to get injured as his all round skills are so crucial for this current team. Sri Lanka havent had a decent opening batsman in test cricket since Attapattu.

  • POSTED BY on | January 2, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    best wishes chandi .........

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Unfortunate :(......................................

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    omg,sad news take care chandimal, Ihope he will be fit for third and finel test god bless chandimal and rest of srilankan cricket team.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Well done buddy! best wishes for the future!

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    better not count chicks before the eggs are hatched let him progress and leave room for his mistakes and failures and support him at those times and he will come even better

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Next Sri Lankan Cricketer for World Cricket Standings ......

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    We all Lankans are proud of you Dinesh! You can by all means blister any bowling attack a part! You can score a galore of tons and hope we see you fit and rocking in Cape Town.

  • POSTED BY Sobat on | January 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Its realy good news and I think Chandimal could be the future of SLC with mathews and the rest....

  • POSTED BY OhhhMattyMatty on | January 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    About time the ICC's premier Test keeper, Kumar Sangakarra, manned up and put the gloves on! He is after all in the Test Team of the Year as the keeper....... *Rolls Eyes*

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Oh noooo not now...... :/

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    or....... noooooooooooooo

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    oh no!!! he is the in form batsmen!!! has shown lot of experiences as a debutant ! the team balane will be in danger!! hope he will be ok!!! such a talented player needs to play if we need to give a fight!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    ohh..Thats sad news... Just when he started to show how good he is, the guy is injured..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    hope you will be ok.we need you in 3rd test.without you it's a big loss..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    ohh god...may he recover...

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Oh no!!!!!!!!! Hope he will be fit for the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Terrible News ! Unfortunate :(

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    That is unfortunate. Hope he plays. Go proteas

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    OMG!! this is a real worry for us but hopefully the injury will heal quickly and he will be available for the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Oh my !!! Get well soon chandi... we need you badly for the next test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Oh no,not now!I always wonder why some players were more successful than others.On point that comes to my mind they barley get injured and miss games.I've never seen players like Sanath,Mahela taking time off due to an injury.Hope Dinesh recover soon!

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  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Oh no,not now!I always wonder why some players were more successful than others.On point that comes to my mind they barley get injured and miss games.I've never seen players like Sanath,Mahela taking time off due to an injury.Hope Dinesh recover soon!

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Oh my !!! Get well soon chandi... we need you badly for the next test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    OMG!! this is a real worry for us but hopefully the injury will heal quickly and he will be available for the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    That is unfortunate. Hope he plays. Go proteas

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Terrible News ! Unfortunate :(

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Oh no!!!!!!!!! Hope he will be fit for the 3rd test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    ohh god...may he recover...

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    hope you will be ok.we need you in 3rd test.without you it's a big loss..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    ohh..Thats sad news... Just when he started to show how good he is, the guy is injured..

  • POSTED BY on | January 1, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    oh no!!! he is the in form batsmen!!! has shown lot of experiences as a debutant ! the team balane will be in danger!! hope he will be ok!!! such a talented player needs to play if we need to give a fight!!!