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Injury woes continue for Lasith Embuldeniya

Lasith Embuldeniya is taken off the field by the medical team.
Lasith Embuldeniya is taken off the field by the medical team.

Sri Lanka suffered a major setback as Lasith Embuldeniya was stretched off the field with a thigh injury on the fourth day of the second and decisive Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua yesterday.

Pathum Nissanka celebrates his half-century.

The 24-year-old left-arm spinner hurt himself while fielding near the boundary line after opener John Campbell had flicked Vishwa Fernando for a couple of runs during the West Indies second innings. Embuldeniya put in the slide but then couldn't get up immediately and he was in some pain and after treatment from the Sri Lankan physiotherapist he was stretched off the field.

In 2019, Embuldeniya dislocated his finger during a Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth and was out of cricket for more than six weeks.

With Sri Lanka short of a bowler, West Indies went on to extend their overall lead to 165 runs by reaching 69 for two at lunch on day four.

Earlier, the West Indies needed only 23 deliveries to pick up the final two Sri Lankan wickets as the home side took a first innings lead of 96 runs. Roach and Gabriel came out with a plan and they bowled short at the batsmen and it worked out well for them as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 258 runs in the first innings. Pathum Nissanka completed his fifty in the very first over but could not carry on and once he was dismissed the final wicket fell in the space of two deliveries. Nissanka playing in his second Test match showed a lot of promise before he was ninth out for a well compiled 51 from 131 deliveries inclusive of four boundaries.