Things are already not in favor of the Lankan team in India and now news of Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga missing the ODI series would make matter worse for them. Chandimal, who is leading the team in Test matches, is expected to be rested and with him being the top performer in the ongoing series, his absence has come at the wrong time.
Lasith Malinga, who is currently part of the Bangladesh Premier League, is going through lean patch, prompting selectors to leave him out of the team. He has fared miserably in his last few outings in international cricket and it seems he has passed his prime.
Here’s the likely squad: Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Chathuranga De Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep