Wednesday 2 July 2014 

Sri Lanka Call Up Tharanga, Vithanage

Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga is back in Sri Lanka's One-Day International squad
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Sri Lanka have called up Upul Tharanga and Kithruwan Vithanage for the first two One-Day Internationals against South Africa as Dinesh Chandimal misses out.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is also recalled to the squad with Chathurange de Silva making way from the squad that beat England 3-2 recently.

Opening batsman Kushal Perera is included subject to fitness with Tharanga, who has played 171 ODIs for his country, likely to come in if he does not make it.

Although Vithanage was added to Sri Lanka's Test squad in England as injury cover and played in the Twenty20 International, he was not involved in the ODI series.

The first ODI is in Colombo on 6th July while Pallekele hosts the second of three matches on 9th July.

Tharanga is also named in a strong Sri Lanka Cricket Board XI side to take on South Africa in a warm-up game tomorrow (3rd July).

Lahiru Thirimanne will lead a team which contains just two players - Lahiru Gamage and Anuk Fernando - without international experience.

Chandimal is included along with Vithanage as Sri Lanka appear to be testing out a few middle-order options and combinations ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Board XI: Lahiru Thirimanne (captain), Dinesh Anuk Fernando, Chandimal, Lahiru Gamage, Jeewan Mendis, Jehan Mubarak, Thisara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Udawatte, Kithruwan Vithanage,

Reserves: Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Angelo Perera, Priyamal Perera

Sri Lanka ODI squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Kushal Perera, Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Kithruwan Vithanage,

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Fixtures & Results
6th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
9th July: 2nd ODI, Pallekele
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
12th July: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108) beat
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
16th-20th July: 1st Test, Galle
South Africa 455-9 dec. & 206-6 dec. beat
Sri Lanka 292 & 216 (Sangakkara 76) by 153 runs
24th-28th July: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. drew with
South Africa 282 & 159-8 (Herath 5-40)