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Chandimal closes in on new Sri Lankan record

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All eyes will be on star batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who is on the verge of creating a new Sri Lankan record during today’s second One Day International against Australia at R. Premadasa Stadium. The Sri Lankan vice-captain has now hit five consecutive half-centuries in ODIs and a 50 against World Champions today will take him to a territory where no Sri Lankan had been before.

Chandimal, who was hit on the ribs by Mitchell Starc during the first ODI on Sunday, was taken to hospital after the Sri Lankan innings. The scans revealed no fracture and the batsman was cleared to take further part in the series.

The 26-year-old top scored with 80 runs in the first ODI, which Australia won by three wickets. That was the fifth consecutive time Chandimal had scored 50 or more in an ODI. Before him, three Sri Lankans – Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillekeratne Dilshan – had achieved the milestone, but six fifties in a row remains uncharted territory for a Sri Lankan.

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