27-Year-Old Batsman Sri Lanka
August 20, 2017 Dinesh Chandimal News
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Chandimal top-scored with 48 off 87 in the first innings of Sri Lanka's innings defeat to India at Kandy.
The Sri Lankan skipper saw his side fall apart in this series against significantly tougher competition. For a squad that struggled with Zimbabwe, it was of no surprise they'd be in for a challenge against India; however, few could've suspected they'd lose in such convincing fashion. Chandimal actually acquitted himself relatively well, even as wickets fell on every side of him, scoring 84 runs in the final match of the series and seemed to show no ill-effects of the illness that threatened to keep him out of the second Test.
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Fantasy AnalysisWhile Chandimal's form has been a bit spotty of late, the skipper's return will be a boon to the Sri Lankan side that was thoroughly beaten in the first match at Galle. Chandimal has eight tons and 12 half-centuries across his 37 Test matches, but scored just 12 runs across their three ODIs during the Champions Trophy. Chandimal will likely be without the services of Rangana Herath, who hurt his finger in the first Test and will be without Asela Gunaratne, who broke his thumb in the first match. Chandimal's return likely spells the end of Danushka Gunathilaka's maiden run in the side.
Fantasy AnalysisChandimal was named as captain of the Sri Lankan test side earlier in the month with Angelo Mathews stepping down on the back of poor results. Chandimal's reign as captain got off to a good start with a win against Zimbabwe. He will now however miss the first test against India due to pneumonia.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile capped just 36 times at the Test level, Chandimal has been excellent in his tenure, recording eight centuries and 11 half-centuries in his brief tenure with the squad. While he struggled with the Champions Trophy squad, in his last Test match, he recorded 138 in the first innings off 300 balls before eventually crapping out in the second innings en route to a Bangladesh victory. Chandimal will look to shepherd Sri Lanka through what should prove to be a difficult series against India, starting July 26 at Galle.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 27-year-old has 128 ODI caps to his name and is one of the most accomplished batsmen in Sri Lankan history with four centuries and 21 half-centuries. However, his poor form in the Champions Trophy, scoring just 12 runs across his two innings including a duck against Pakistan and a desire to inject more youth into the squad led to Chandimal's removal. Manager and selector Asanka Gurusinha stated this current squad was only for the first two matches of the series and Chandimal very well could be a part of the squad for the final three matches of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing a tough first day in the second test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Chandimal was the clear stand out for the home side making it to a score of 86 and staying unbeaten to be there at the end of the day. He grinded out the innings from a total of 210 deliveries with more expected to come out of day two, with just four boundaries being hit by Chandimal from his time at the crease.
Fantasy AnalysisThe vice-captain for the Sri Lankan side has recovered from a hand injury and appears to be the most likely candidate to take the wicketkeeping gloves. Sri Lanka welcome the return senior players with experience such as Chandimal, despite winning the test series and ODI tri-series with Zimbabwe and the West Indies.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter missing Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe following hand surgery for multiple dislocations around the thumb area acquired during a domestic match, the Sri Lankan vice captain announced he is good to go for this month’s South Africa tour. “My recovery process has been really good and I am feeling fit to make the tour,” he told the audience at the Dialog Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo, shortly after accepting the award for best Test batsman.
Fantasy AnalysisA star in all formats and Sri Lanka's vice-captain was injured while playing in a Mercantile tournament match domestically. He should be fit ahead of Sri Lanka's tour of Zimbabwe in October and November. With seven Test centuries and 10 half-centuries, his absence would be sorely missed, even against a side that lacks quality such as Zimbabwe.
Fantasy AnalysisIn a series befallen by poor batting by Sri Lanka, Chandimal has been outstanding throughout all three formats, blasting a century in the final Test, a century in the third ODI and now raced out to a hasty half-century in the first T20. A strong domestic T20 batsman, he's struck 16 half-centuries in 84 innings, but no tons during his career. Chandimal will look to continue his strong batting in Friday's final T20 against Australia.
Fantasy AnalysisOn a day when only one other batter broke 20 runs, Chandimal continued his excellent run of form, blasting his fourth ODI ton, needing just 130 balls to do it as well. In the first three ODIs of the series, Chandimal has scored a whopping 230 runs. After a lacklustre start to the Test series, scoring just 75 runs across the first four innings, he broke out with 132 after being relieved of his wicketkeeping duties and went for another century when absolved of wicketkeeping. He'll look to keep his strong form in Wednesday's fourth ODI.
Fantasy AnalysisA productive contribution with the bat and the gloves saw Chandimal's involvement in two wickets top a respectable batting tally of 48. The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper's made up for his slow batting rate with longevity at the crease, eventually falling to an LBW from Adam Zampa. He then caught opening batsman David Warner out on just the seventh ball of the innings before stumping Henriques in the 28th over.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a slow start against Australia during the first two Tests, Chandimal exploded for a ton in the first innings of the third Test to help guide them to a sweep of the three-Test series. He continued his strong form Sunday in a losing effort, patiently fighting off ball after ball to spend three hours at bat. He hit just three fours and no maximums, as the Australian bowlers kept the Sri Lankan batsmen at bay for much of the match, winning with more than three overs in hand. He'll look to continue his strong form Wednesday in the second ODI of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisChandimal's seventh Test century didn't come in a flashy explosion of runs, but rather a slow, methodical accumulation that saw him weather 356 deliveries for a strike rate of 37.07. The wicketkeeper made only one six in his impressive stand, instead notching up his total from an assortment of 13 fours and a bevy of singles. His partnership with Dhananjaya de Silva produced 211 runs, pushing Sri Lanka to its highest innings tally of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisChandi spent nearly two hours at the crease as Sri Lanka attempted to chase down England's 324-run total, but he couldn't back up his longevity with efficiency. His 66-ball tenure might have afforded his side a chance to get within striking distance of the English, but bowler David Willey piled on the pressure and the wicketkeeper batsman only cleared 53 for a batting average of 80.30. Willey eventually sent him packing in the 41st over, but by then the chase was all but over.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis sandwiched a 128-run stand about a two-hour rain delay, Chandimal partnered with the former for less than four overs, putting up 15 of the 22 runs. Chandimal was then paired with captain Angelo Mathews, who turned English inquiries into a barrage of singles, though three sixes and two fours dotted the landscape during their time together. Ultimately, 87 runs were produced between the two before David Willey took out Chandimal's leg stump in the 37th. Although four Sri Lankans passed the half-century mark en route to 305, an English attack led by Jason Roy (162 off 118) didn't need the entire 42 overs to hunt down that total, completing the match with 11 balls remaining.
Fantasy AnalysisAfflicted in the previous ODI by a hamstring injury, Chandimal wasn't the worse for wear in this outing, helping his side emerge from early foibles. Namely, openers Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka fell within the first 50 balls, but Chandimal and Kusal Mendis made sure that the side escaped a potential rip tide. After Mendis' departure in the 22nd ended a 56-run stand, Chandimal moved on with captain Angelo Mathews, who carried a lingering hamstring concern as well. The latter partnership proved to be Sri Lanka's most fruitful, reaching 80 runs and increasing their run rate more than a half run to 4.69. At this point in the 36th, Chandimal hit directly to third man, but the run rate continued to rise through the rest of the innings. In defense of 248, he proved his current level of health by working behind the stumps. However, rain quickly spurred the umpires to wrap up the match without a result for either side.
Fantasy AnalysisChandimal served Sri Lanka's most lengthy stay in the crease, which indicates that all manner of partnerships ensued. Indeed, he and Kusal Perera slow played their way to 30 in the span of 47 balls, but the latter's departure in the 17th brought captain Angelo Mathews to the fore. Mathews entered the match with his availability up in the air due to a hamstring injury, and while Chandimal received treatment on his own hamstring at the end of the 24th, the duo marched to an 82-run stand. Chandimal's last two tandems yielded only 29, though, and later he was unable to act as wicketkeeper in the second innings, placing his viability in question for Sunday's ODI with England at Bristol.
Fantasy AnalysisSri Lanka's wicketkeeper fared much better against Ireland than in their series against England. While he did score a 126 in the second Test of the series, Chandimal didn't break 20 in any of the other four innings he batted in. Against Ireland, he needed just 107 balls to get his ton before the team reached their overs limit. This was Chandimal's third century in 97 ODI innings.
Fantasy AnalysisDuring the second innings of the aforementioned Test, Indian batsman Ishant Sharma and Sri Lankan bowler Dhammika Prasad became embroiled in a heated exchange. Walking in from his spot at slip, Chandimal appeared to make deliberate contact with Sharma, spurring the one-game ban in the aftermath. As a result, Chandimal won't take part in Sri Lanka's next ODI on Nov. 1 versus the Windies.
Fantasy AnalysisChandimal strained his right hamstring in the midst of Sri Lanka's group play match against Australia in the World Cup, doubling as his sole appearance of the tournament. He didn't make another appearance, international or otherwise, until the first Test last month against Pakistan. In three such matches, he averaged 30.60 at a 54.44 strike rate across five innings, while converting 11 catches and three stumpings with the gloves. As for ODIs, he's sidestepped a dismal 75.18 strike rate to average 29.83 across 85 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisChandimal suffered the concern in the 41st over while attempting to guide Sri Lanka on a daunting chase to surpass 376. After undergoing treatment on the field, he achieved his first and only half century of the year to date, recording 52 off 24 not out before retiring. Because he's expected to miss upwards of three weeks, he's an unlikely candidate to recover, even if his countryman reach the knockout stage and ultimately navigate their way to the final on Mar. 29.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter initially tweaking his right hamstring, Chandimal was forced to retire from Sunday's defeat to Australia when he could do little more than stumble between the wickets. Sri Lanka's chase faltered after losing the form that produced 52 off 24 balls in his first appearance in this World Cup. With his absence all but assured Wednesday versus Scotland, he'll aim to play in the quarterfinals on Mar. 18 in Sydney, if Sri Lanka qualifies for the knockout stage.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was Chandimal's first appearance in the 2015 World Cup, and he looked at home in the middle order. However, he now must be considered doubtful for Wednesday's game against Scotland. Chandimal averaged just 4.67 in the ODI series with New Zealand in January, but he looked like a new man Sunday.