Colombo - Sri Lanka Test captain Dinesh Chandimal is likely to return
to the side for the second Test against India, starting in Colombo on Thursday.
Chandimal missed the first Test, which Sri Lanka lost by 304
runs in Galle, after he contracted pneumonia last week but has now recovered
sufficiently to lead his country out at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.
Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who led the side in
Galle, is a doubt for the second Test after picking up a finger injury but will
be assessed closer to the date of the game.
Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka's cricket manager and selector,
said: "Dinesh should be fit, he actually played this (Sunday) morning and
he has batted the last couple of days."
Gurusinha said of Herath's condition: "We have to see
how he is going to come up in the next couple of days because his finger is
pretty sore. We will give him till the last minute to make sure that he is fit.
"The day before the Test we will see whether he can
drift the ball, it will come down to that. If he can without pain he will play,
otherwise we will have to look at different options. The finger is not swollen
but it's sore and painful."
Sri Lanka will look to level the three-match series with the
third and final Test schedule to be played in Pallekelle on 12 August.