Pathum Nissanka is likely to miss Sri Lanka’s second Test against India
Sri Lanka was humiliated by India at Mohali, losing by an innings and 222 runs. They will be looking for a better performance in the series’ second and final Test, which will be contested with the pink ball under the lights in Bengaluru. However, the team has been handed a blow ahead of the Test match, as batter Pathum Nissanka is allegedly hurt and may miss the game.
Nissanka was one of Sri Lanka’s few bright spots in Mohali, striking a valiant half-century in the opening innings. He scored 61 runs off 133 deliveries and was knocked out for 174 runs in 65 overs. With Nissanka occupying a vital third position, it remains to be seen who would take his place in the line-up if he is ruled out.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed the development, noting that the 23-year-old has worsened an existing back issue and his condition is currently being watched. “Pathum is experiencing back pain as a result of one of his prior injuries; we will monitor his condition but he is unlikely to play,” the official told CricWire.