Hambantota, Nov 10: Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan has been rested for the last two one-day internationals against New Zealand following a back injury, as Chamara Kapugedera has been named as replacement for the remaining matches.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene also confirmed that the team management has decided to rest the prolific opener, who has a minor disk-related problem,which suggests that Dilshan will not be playing the last two matches of the series on Saturday and Monday at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota.
Since Dilshan was rested, Chamara Kapugedera has been named as his replacement for the remaining matches.
Despite suffering from a back injury, Dilshan slammed an unbeaten 102 to help Sri Lanka register a seven-wicket win under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the 3rd ODI of the series.
With a win on Tuesday, Sri Lanka took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series after the first match was washed out without a single ball being bowled.
Since Dilshan has been a prominent member in the team, with 139 runs off 2 matches at an average of 139, highest score of 102 (not out), Jayawardena admitted that the team would miss the services of Dilshan as he was an "allround package" which balanced the team as he has been a prolific opener, an economical offspin bowling and a wonderful fielder.
"It's not too bad, with adequate rest it will heal naturally," said Jayawardene about Dilshan's injury.
It is learnt that Dinesh Chandimal would make it to the playing XI on Saturday for the fourth ODI against New Zealand despite Chamara Kapugedera'a inclusion in the squad.
Since Lanka have taken an unassailable lead 2-0 in the series, a win here would help them wrap the series, but skipper Jayawardene was concerned about the new fielding restrictions, proposed by the ICC as he has already criticized the new rule that favours the batsmen.
Jayawardena said the new rule to have a maximum four fielders in the outfield even outside powerplay overs could kill the spinners' attacking instincts and also said that he would bring it to the notice of ICC at the end of the series.