Sri Lanka batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been roped in the ODI squad for the remaining three games of the five-match series against India.The duo has been called in the squad after the International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed a two-match ban on skipper Upul Tharanga for a slow over rate offence. (Also read: Strange game of cricket but glad we came through: Virat Kohli)Lanka were ruled to be three overs short during their nerve-wracking three-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the second ODI to go 0-2 down in the ongoing series in Pallekele. (Also read:Virat Kohli has ‘no regrets’ about changing batting order in Kandy ODI)Match Referee Andy Pycroft imposed the ban on Tharanga, who previously served a similar two-match suspension during the ICC Champions Trophy when Sri Lanka were found guilty of slow over rate during their tournament opener against South Africa. Reuters PhotoTest skipper Chandimal, who was surprisingly dropped from the original squad, is likely to come in Tharanga’s place at number four spot in the batting order, Sport24 reported.Thirimanne, who made his last international ODI appearance in January 2016, has appeared in a 107 ODIs for the country and is expected to provide good experience to the batting group.The third ODI will be played in Kandy on Sunday.
Loan striker Mallik Wilks says that being left out gave him the motivation he needed to work as hard as he should.The 19-year-old added that it was a lesson to him, as one should never get too comfortable, or risk losing one’s spot to another. Wilks also made a scoring return to the starting line-up in the 3-3 draw with Gillingham after he was laid back at Rochdale.“I was buzzing to get on the score sheet because I got left out of the team last week so I had to prove a point,” said the Leeds United frontman via The Star.“I had to work hard in training and play well when I came on at Rochdale, and that’s what I did.“It taught me that I cannot get too comfortable. There’s always someone fighting for your spot, which is a good thing for this team.“My performances had dropped. I was careless on the ball,” he added.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“When I saw Alfie May score two goals [against Grimsby] I thought this is a bit scary! He’s been training well to so he deserved it.”“It was disappointing to go 2-0 down and I thought it was going to be a repeat of Fleetwood but the good thing was that none of us panicked,” he said.“We played good football and we should’ve got all three points.“We’re annoyed with the sloppy goals we’ve given away and the fact we had so many shots and only scored three.” He added:“It’s a good learning curve for us, fighting all the way to the end and showing good team spirit.”