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Upul Tharanga suspended for two matches

Upul Tharanga's suspension leaves Sri Lanka in further trouble
Upul Tharanga's suspension leaves Sri Lanka in further trouble

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has slammed a two game ban for Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga following the team's poor over-rate in the second One-Day International against India in Pallekele.

The decision follows after Sri Lanka were found three overs short of the target in the specified time after taking all the delays into consideration.

This is Tharanga's second suspension this year, after he missed a couple of matches during the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year for a similar offence when he led the team in the absence of Angelo Mathews.

As a result, the 32-year-old will miss the next two games in the ongoing series against India to be played in Pallekele and Colombo on 27th and 31st August respectively.

Tharanga, who was handed over the captaincy of the limited overs team earlier, had an ordinary series by his standards as he managed just 22 runs from the two games.

Sri Lanka have made two changes to their squad for the third game with Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne returning back in the place of Tharanga and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka.

India currently have a 2-0 lead in the series following their wins in the first two games

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