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Malinga to fly home after Bangladesh match due to mother-in-law’s death

The veteran Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga will leave for Colombo post the match against Bangladesh following the death of his mother-in-law. But he is expected to join the team before next match according to the Sri Lanka Cricket.

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A tweet from Sri Lanka Cricket on June 11 read that Lasith Malinga will come back to play Sri Lanka’s next against Australia on June 15. They also informed about the funeral news of late Mrs. Kanthi Perera. The media release mentioned, “The remains of late Mrs. Kanthi Perera lie at the Barney Raymond Funeral Home at Colombo 08 and the funeral will take place on Thursday, 13th June at the Borella Cemetery,” the release read.

https://twitter.com/OfficialSLC/status/1138338839666126849

Sri Lanka didn’t have a great start and had a debacle against New Zealand as they lost by ten wickets. Next match saw them coming back but against a weak side, Afghanistan. They won the rain-affected match by 34 runs (DLS). Malinga was impressive and scalped three wickets to finish with 3/39. In fact, he had a good partnership with the young Nuwan Pradeep who took four wickets. Their third encounter against Pakistan was washed out due to massive rain. Currently, Sri Lanka is standing at sixth place with three points.

Team Issues

Sri Lankan team already have their issues to be dealt with. Moreover, Pradeep is out from the tournament for one week. His little finger has been dislocated during practice and he is undergoing treatment. Pradeep is missing today’s clash against Bangladesh but expected to return in the next.

With Sri Lanka, not in their best form and already having injury issues with one of the best bowlers in the side depend a lot on the experienced Malinga. So by chance Malinga cannot join the team before the next match against the defending champions that will be a huge blow for the team.

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