Kusal Mendis ruled out of 2nd ODI

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Kusal Mendis is the latest of the Sri Lanka camp to fall prey to the influenza virus. Medical evaluations indicate he is ‘unlikely to be available’ for tomorrow’s game.

Meanwhile, Suranga Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedara will be joining the squad in place of the ‘flu effected Mendis and Malinga to boost the ranks ahead of the 2nd ODI against Zimbabwe in Galle tomorrow.

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The selectors decided to exclude young Sadeera Samarawickrama who was in the squad for the first match and include Kapugedara who last played during the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 before picking up an injury prior to the Indian match.

Mendis is the third player from the Sri Lankan camp to be down with flu.

Sri Lanka is down by 0-1 in the five-match ODI series after losing the opening game against Zimbabwe by 6 wickets on Friday.