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Setback for Sri Lanka as skipper Dasun Shanaka ruled out of World Cup 2023 due to injury

The Sri Lankan skipper suffered a right thigh muscle injury during the match against Pakistan

Sri Lanka´s captain Dasun Shanaka plays a shot during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup  ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 7, 2023.— AFP
Sri Lanka´s captain Dasun Shanaka plays a shot during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup  ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 7, 2023.— AFP

In a major setback for the Sri Lankan cricket team, their skipper Dasun Shanaka has been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup 2023 due to injury.

The Islanders' skipper — who suffered a right thigh muscle injury during Tuesday's match against Pakistan — will need three weeks to recover and will be replaced by Chamika Karunaratne following the approval of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Event Technical Committee.

Sri Lanka are ranked number seven in the points table after losing their first two games against South Africa and Pakistan, respectively. They will now take on Australia on October 16.

Earlier in the tournament, Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in a record-breaking 345-run chase at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.

The match saw another record being broken with Pakistan conceding their highest-ever total in a World Cup match.

By scoring 344 runs, the Islanders — overtaking India's 336 runs innings in the 2019 World Cup — became the side to have scored the most runs against Pakistan in a World Cup innings.

The Green Shirts successfully chased down the mammoth 345-run target courtesy of splendid centuries by Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique who anchored the innings after Sri Lanka inflicted early blows sending skipper Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq back to the pavilion early in the game.

The run chase — which broke the previous highest chase of 329 runs by Ireland against England — is the highest in World Cup history during the past 12 editions of the ODI World Cup, chases of over 300 runs have been achieved only a handful of times.