Hambantota, Jul 22: Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has been ruled out of the remainder of five-match One Day International series against India due to a groin injury sustained during the opening match on Saturday.
Kulasekara, who attempted for a catch while fielding in the first game in Hambantota, injured his groin and was off the field after that. He could only bowl five overs in the game which the hosts lost by 21 runs.
The right-arm paceman dived forward to take a catch of Virender Sehwag at mid-off. However, umpires ruled it was not a clean catch with replays remaining inconclusive. This incident happened in the 11th over of Indian innings off Thisara Perera's bowling.
Team manager Charith Senanayake said on Sunday: "Nuwan (Kulasekara) picked up a groin injury today, and has been ruled out of the series. We will talk to the selectors about a replacement."
"We cannot get a scan here in Hambantota. We will get a scan done when we reach Colombo and see the extent of the injury and for how long he will be out," Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene had said after the match.
The second of the five matches will be played at the same venue as the first, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on Tuesday, July 24.