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Upul Tharanga suspended for two matches due to slow over-rate

Upul Tharanga will miss the games against India and Pakistan
Upul Tharanga will miss the games against India and Pakistan

Sri Lanka will miss the services of stand-in captain Upul Tharanga after he was handed a two-match suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the recently concluded Champions Trophy game against South Africa at The Oval.

Sri Lanka took four hours to complete their innings with the ball – 30 minutes more than the stipulated timing as South Africa went on to post 299 for six in the 50 overs riding on a fabulous century from Hashim Amla and a 75-run knock from Faf du Plessis.

The 32-year-old, who led Sri Lanka in the absence of injured skipper Angelo Mathews was handed two suspension points while the rest of players were fined 60 per cent of their match fees.

A statement released by the ICC confirmed the ban on Tharanga, who will now miss his side’s remaining group games against India and Pakistan.

"Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing," the ICC said in a statement.

After losing the opening game of the tournament against South Africa by 96 runs, Sri Lanka will have an uphill task of facing India and Pakistan on 8th and 12th June in what will be a must-win encounters.

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