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Tillakaratne Dilshan given the all-clear

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Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has been given the all-clear after undergoing an X-ray on his right hand.

The 34-year-old opener was twice hit on the thumb by Chris Tremlett deliveries in Cardiff and again on day two of the second Test at Lord’s on Saturday. He started day three with a heavily strapped finger, but suffered another painful blow to the same finger off a delivery from the same bowler.

He was sent for a scan after he was dismissed for 193 on Sunday afternoon, but the X-ray revealed no serious damage.

“Three times, the same spot, same finger, same bowler,” Dilshan said on Sky Sports 1.

“I went for an X-ray, but nothing is broken. It’s a little bruised, and there is internal bleeding.

“But in a couple of days’ time, I will be totally recovered. That’s the physio’s advice.”

Sri Lanka will start the penultimate day of the second Test on 372 for three, only 114 runs shy of making England bat again.

It’s been a brilliant response from the visiting batsmen following their Cardiff nightmare which saw them dismissed for 82 in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium.

Dilshan is delighted that their Cardiff performance is now just a distant memory.

“We had to forget what happened at Cardiff, we had to come strong here and we had to do our job,” he said.

“As a captain I’m really happy that we batted really well after Cardiff where we got out in 25 overs. I’m really happy with the way the boys have batted.”

He added: “I said this Test match it might be my name would go on the board and it’s happened,” he said. “I’m really happy.”

The Sri Lanka skipper feels they need to score at least another 214 runs to make things interesting.

“If it didn’t rain we might be past England’s score, then we could get some runs in tomorrow,” he said. “But we can still get a 100, 150-run lead.

“It’s a good challenge for us in these conditions against the taller boys. We’re really enjoying batting in the middle.” Cricket365

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