India vs Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga to lead hosts in ODI series, Lasith Malinga returns to squad

Skipper Tharanga has called for support from his countrymen ahead of what should prove to be another tough outing against the higher-ranked India.

PTI, August 15, 2017

Pallekele: Senior batsman Upul Tharanga will lead a 15-man Sri Lanka squad in the the five-match ODI series against India that begins in Dambulla on Sunday.

Tharanga endured a horrendous Test series against India, scoring only 88 runs in six innings, which Sri Lanka lost by a comprehensive 0-3 margin.

But the upcoming series will be the left-handed batsman's first in-charge of the team after Angelo Mathews gave up the ODI captaincy post the 2-3 loss against Zimbabwe at home in July.

File photo of Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga. AFP

File image of Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga. AFP

While Mathews is still part of the squad, seasoned pacer Lasith Malinga has also made a comeback.

There are two other changes from the Sri Lankan squad which featured in the last three ODIs against Zimbabwe.

Pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne are out due to injuries and their places in the side has been taken by young fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who both featured in the recent Test series against the Indians.

Skipper Tharanga has called for support from his countrymen ahead of what should prove to be another tough outing against the higher-ranked India.

"Every team goes through a rough patch," he said.

"This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are. The support of our fans plays a big role in lifting the morale of the team.

"We play for our country and our goal is to bring pride to our family of 20 million in this nation - so your support is something that matters greatly to us," Tharanga added.

Sri Lanka last played India in an ODI series in November 2014-15 (in India) and were blanked 0-5.

The Islanders, however, upset India in their group game at the Oval in the recent Champions Trophy.

Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Upul Tharanga (Capt), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

Updated Date: Aug 15, 2017





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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
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