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Kasun Rajitha steps in as concussion substitute for Vishwa Fernando


Published : 17 May 2022 09:32 PM

Medium fast bowler Kasun Rajitha has replaced Vishwa Fernando as a concussion substitute in the ongoing Chattogram Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

''Rajitha replaced Fernando as he is taken to hospital for an MRI,'' an official attached with the Sri Lankan team confirmed to Cricbuzz on the third day of the Test.

Fernando copped a blow to his helmet from a Shoriful Islam delivery shortly before Tea on Day 2. On the second day before Tea, Fernando was hit on the helmet by a Shoriful Islam delivery. While he batted on after the immediate checks, he didn't accompany Angelo Mathews after the Tea interval and only returned at the fall of the ninth wicket.

He bowled four overs last evening and four more today (May 17) morning before heading back to the dressing room feeling unwell.

Rajitha, an approved like-for-like replacement, has played nine Tests for Sri Lanka and last featured in the Boxing Day Test of 2020 at Centurion.