Key Sri Lanka injury boosts Proteas’ Centurion Test hopes

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Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 79 on the first day of the first Test against South Africa, is likely to miss the rest of the two-match series through injury.

DE SILVA WILL NEEDS 2 WEEKS TO RECOVER

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed on Sunday that De Silva will need about two weeks to recover from the thigh injury which would rule him out of the second and final Test starting on January 3 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Dhananjaya de Silva led a Sri Lanka revival before being forced off the field at the Centurion on Sunday.

At stumps on the first day, Sri Lanka had scored 340-6, having recovered from 54-3 at one stage, with skipper Dinesh Chandimal hitting a top score of 85.

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Sri Lanka are effectively seven wickets down and will only have 10 batsmen in their second innings, giving the Proteas added incentive.

In addition, De Silva’s absence will also deprive the Proteas’ visitors of a bowling option.

A board statement said de Silva suffered a “thigh strain” while batting and “will not be able to play for about two weeks”.

“The player has sustained a grade two tear on his thigh.”

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