Sri Lanka will be boosted by extra pace for the next three ODIs against Zimbabwe in Sooriyawewa, Hambanthota with the inclusion of experienced Nuwan Kulasekara and speedster Lahiru Kumara to the squad.

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Seamer Suranga Lakmal who was in the initial squad for the final three games has been sent back to Colombo after going down with the flu.

“Lakmal was down with fever for the last two days so we decided to send him back to Colombo.” Captain Angelo Mathews confirmed.

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With the strong breeze and hard surface to help the seamers early on, Sri Lanka is set to play three seamers in the first international game in two years at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium in Sooriyawewa.

“We are playing 3 games in 5 days here (Hambanthota) so we will need a few more seamers in the squad. Pending approval, we have added Nuwan Kulasekara and Lahiru Kumara to the squad.” Mathews said.  

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Providing some insight into Sri Lanka’s combination for tomorrow’s game. “We will most probably play the same XI which won in Galle. “

This stadium was built spending 4.2 billion to host matches during the ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC World T20 in 2012. Since the inception in 2011, 17 ODI games have been played in Sooriyawewa with Sri Lanka winning 13 games.

Sri Lanka suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in the first ODI in Galle last Friday but bounced back on Sunday to crush the visitors and level the series, 1-1.