Friday 9 November 2012 

Kapugedera Replaces Injured Tillakaratne Dilshan

Kapugedera Replaces Injured Tillakaratne Dilshan
Kapugedara Replaces Injured Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Chamara Kapugedera has been drafted in to Sri Lanka's squad for the final two One-Day Internationals against New Zealand as a replacement for Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Dilshan shrugged off back pain to score a match-winning century in the third match but has subsequently been advised to rest and will miss the end of the series.

He had been included in Sri Lanka's squad for the matches in Hambantota on 10th and 12th November but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed that he will play no further part.

Instead, he will be given time to recover well ahead of the two-Test series, which begins in Galle on 17th November. Bookmakers bet365 make Sri Lanka 1/14 to win the ODI series and they are likely to start the Test series as favourites too.

25-year-old Kapugedera has played 92 ODIs, the most recent of them coming earlier this year when Sri Lanka lost to India by 20 runs in Pallekele. He made his debut in 2006 and played in the 2011 World Cup final.

Sri Lanka lead the five-match series 2-0 with two game to play.

© Cricket World 2012

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