SYDNEY: Sri Lanka have suffered a double injury blow with batsman Dimuth Karunaratne ruled out of the World Cup and spinner Rangana Herath likely to miss at least a week of action, Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday.
Finalists at the last two World Cups, the Sri Lankans are second in Pool A behind New Zealand heading into Sunday’s crunch match at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia.
They will have to take on the co-hosts without left-handed batsman Karunaratne and left-arm spinner Herath, however.
“Dimuth is unfortunate, he fractured his finger in fielding practice yesterday so he’s been declared unfit, he probably needs an operation,” Jayawardene told reporters at the ground.
“I’m not sure how bad or long it will take but he’s definitely going back home.