By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera will make his Test debut in the second Test against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval today.
Chameera, 23 and 22-year-old off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal are the two changes Sri Lanka has made for the match.
Chameera becomes the 129th player to be capped for Sri Lanka. He was handed his Test cap before the start of play by former Sri Lanka fast bowler and present fast bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake.
Chameera played in three ODIs including two in the 2015 World Cup and will replace Nuwan Pradeep.
Kaushal who has appeared in one Test against New Zealand last year comes in place of injured off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.
Pakistan fielding an unchanged side won the toss and decided to bat first. They lead the three-match series 1-0 after their ten-wicket win at Galle.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Tharindu Kaushal, Dushmantha Chameera.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar.
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (England), Sunderam Ravi (India), TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (Australia), Match Referee: Chris Broad (England).