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Mathews, Gunaratne to miss Nidahas Trophy tri-series

Angelo Mathews will miss another series for Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews will miss another series for Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka will miss the services of all-rounders Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne for the upcoming Twenty20 International tri-series also involving Bangladesh and India due to injuries.

Mathews, who was reappointed as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain in January has failed to recover from the hamstring injury that he sustained during the One-Day International tri-series encounter against Zimbabwe and has subsequently missed the remainder of the Bangladesh tour.

In the absence of Mathews, it was Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who led the side in the remainder of the ODIs and also the T20Is against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Gunaratne has sustained a "grade II rotator cuff strain with contusion" during the warm-up session in the recently concluded Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh and will be assessed in due course.

However, Kusal Perera, who had a side-strain has been declared fit and has been named in the 20-man provisional squad that will be trimmed to 15 before the series kick-off.

The tri-series will be played between 6th and 18th March with R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo hosting all the games.

Sri Lanka Provisional Squad:

Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva

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