Sri Lanka suffer injury blow in Bristol

Reporting from Bristol, England

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Sri Lanka suffered a major blow on Sunday when fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep dislocated his little finger during training ahead of their fourth match against Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Bristol.

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Pradeep was hit on the hand after delivering a ball in the nets. Kusal Perera struck the ball fiercely straight as Pradeep was hit while trying to evade the oncoming ball.

The medical staff quickly took him for further medical attention and will make a final decision on his availability in the near future.

“Thankfully his small finger has not fractured, it’s only a dislocation. He is definitely out of the Bangladesh game. The doctors suggest he could play in a week or so wearing a splint.” Team Manager and Chief Selector Asantha De Mel told ThePapare.com on Pradeep’s condition.

Pradeep bowled brilliantly against Afghanistan, picking up 4 for 34 as Sri Lanka recorded their first win in the tournament last week in Cardiff.

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If Pradeep is completely out of the tournament, fast bowler Kasun Rajitha will come into the squad. Rajitha is one of the four replacements traveling with the team in the UK.  

Sri Lanka is set to play Bangladesh on Tuesday (11th June) at the Bristol County Ground.

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*The story was updated after Asantha De Mel responded with the latest situation of Pradeep’s condition.