SLC to probe Kapu


Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will conduct an investigation on stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera’s controversial decision to bat first in the third ODI against India at Pallekele on Sunday.

During a team meeting, Sri Lanka had decided to chase after losing the first two ODIs batting first. Captain Kapugedera had been instructed by team management and coaching staff to chase if he won the toss, but he did the exact opposite.

Indian captain Virat Kohli had won five tosses in a row and it was the first time that Sri Lanka had won the toss and Kapugedera’s decision surprised many.

Sri Lanka’s batsmen struggled as the ball seamed around quite a bit and their eventual total of 217 for nine in 50 overs proved to be child’s play to the strong Indian outfit.

India won with six wickets to spare and as they were closing in on victory, angry fans expressed their displeasure by throwing objects to the ground.

The Island revealed the Kapugedera incident in Tuesday’s edition. A member of the coaching staff had ruled out foul play saying Kapugedera had ‘brain fade’. However, a leading SLC official told The Island that the matter is now under investigation.

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