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IND vs SL: Pathum Nissanka likely to miss the second Test against India

Nissanka could be replaced by Chandimal or Kusal Mendis if he is unable to play.

The Sri Lankan cricket team has suffered a setback after batter Pathum Nissanka was reportedly injured and will miss the game.
Nissanka was one of Sri Lanka’s few bright spots in Mohali, scoring a valiant half-century in the first innings. He scored 61 runs off 133 balls and was left stranded after the entire team was bowled out for 174 runs in 65 overs.

With Nissanka occupying a vital number three spot, it stays to be seen who replaces him in the starting lineup if he is unable to play.

According to a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official, the 23-year-old has adversely affected his old back injury and his situation is being supervised at the moment.

“Pathum has some back pain from one of his previous injuries, we will monitor his situation but he is unlikely to play,” the official said.

In the event that Pathum Nissanka is ruled out, Sri Lanka has only two batters in the squad – Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis. Both batters have struggled in the longest format and will have to bat out of their bad form to make an impact.