Bandara Retains Place As Sri Lanka Name T20 Squad
Leg-spinner Malinga Bandara has retained his place in Sri Lanka's squad to take on Pakistan in a one-off Twenty20 International in Colombo on Wednesday (12th August).
Bandara was recalled for the One-Day International series which Sri Lanka won 3-2 and he joins fellow spinners vice-captain Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, who were part of Sri Lanka's squad that lost to Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year.
Mahela Udawatte also earns a call-up after he scored a century against Pakistan in a warm-up match and he is a candidate, along with Upul Tharanga to open the batting in the absence of the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Pakistan go into the match having won the final two ODIs convincingly although they have injury doubts over fast bowler Umar Gul and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.
Bandara has played two Twenty20 Internationals, against New Zealand in 2006 and against India earlier this year, when he took in a match that Sri Lanka ultimately lost.
Tharanga has played eight T20 Internationals and Udawatte three.
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Udawatte, Mahala Jayawardene, Chamara Kapugedera, Thilina Kandamby, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Malinga Bandara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Thilan Thushara
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