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January 1, 2012
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.
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