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Chandimal, Thirimanne in Sri Lanka squad for second Test

Lahiru Thirimanne returns to Sri Lanka squad
Lahiru Thirimanne returns to Sri Lanka squad

Sri Lanka have bolstered their batting ahead of the second Test against India in Colombo with Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne making a return to the 16 man squad.

Skipper Chandimal missed the first Test in Galle after he was diagnosed with pneumonia and in his absence veteran spinner Rangana Herath led the team.

Meanwhile, Thirimanne last featured in the format during the Lord's Test against England in June last year and was dropped out of contention due to lack of form.

Thirimanne will replace Asela Gunaratne in the squad after the 31-year-old was forced to miss the game in Galle following a thumb injury that he sustained in the opening day. The all-rounder has been subsequently ruled out of the limited overs series against India as well.

Left arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan has also been added to the squad while Herath, who sustained a injury while bowling in the second innings has also been retained as Sri Lanka look to bounce back from the 304 run defeat that they suffered in the first Test.

Sri Lanka squad for second Test:

Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Thirimanne.

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