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Match-winner Nuwan Pradeep dislocates finger – out of Bangladesh match

Nuwan Pradeep is helped off the field after being hit on the right hand while bowling at practice at the County ground Bristol on Sunday and (on right) Pradeep’s dislocated right little finger. (pix courtesy Sports Photography)
Nuwan Pradeep is helped off the field after being hit on the right hand while bowling at practice at the County ground Bristol on Sunday and (on right) Pradeep’s dislocated right little finger. (pix courtesy Sports Photography)

BRISTOL,Sunday - Sri Lanka’s match winner against Afghanistan fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep was ruled out of the crucial World Cup game against Bangladesh starting at the County ground here on Tuesday after dislocating the small finger of his bowling hand at practice on Sunday.

The Lankan team after a day off on Saturday had a full work out here today and Pradeep who took a career best four wickets for 31 runs to set up Sri Lanka’s 34-run win (D/L) over Afghanistan suffered the injury during practice when he tried to take evasive action by putting up his hands against a powerful shot hit by Kusal Perera that was heading straight at his face and, took the full force of the ball on his right hand.

Pradeep was quickly taken to hospital for treatment and Sri Lanka team manager Ashantha de Mel said that he had suffered only a dislocation of the little finger and with rest should be able to play in the next game against Australia which is in six days time on June 15 at the Oval.

“Nuwan was given local anaesthetic and his finger was put in place. He also suffered a cut on that finger and he was given antibiotics,” said De Mel.

“Nuwan will be out of the Bangladesh game but hopefully after a week’s rest he should be fit for the match against Australia,” he said.

Pradeep’s injury is a big blow to Sri Lanka who after their win over Afghanistan were keenly looking forward to carrying that momentum into the Bangladesh game.

Sri Lanka successfully defended a revised target of 187 off 41 overs by dismissing Afghanistan for 152 with Pradeep creaming off the top order to put the brakes on the opponent’s batting.

Sri Lanka have three points from three matches with one win, one loss and one no-result.


 

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