Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from Pallekele

PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka’s new fast bowling ‘find’ Dushmantha Chameera has been ruled out of the third Test against Pakistan starting here on Friday.

Chameera suffered a side strain in the second Test at the P Sara Oval and has been declared unfit for the decider at Pallekele.

Chief selector Kapila Wijegunawardene said that Lahiru Gamage has been included in the squad as a cover up in the event of any injuries occurring to the other fast bowlers.

Sri Lanka will decide on the morning of the match whether they will go with a three-seam combination or stick to their usual two seam, two spin combination which they played with in the first two Tests.

The three seamers available to them are Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal.

If Sri Lanka go with three seamers the solitary spin position is likely to go to young off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal ahead of the experienced Rangana Herath.

Herath who has been the tormentor of the Pakistani batsmen over the years has been unsuccessful in this series capturing only two wickets in the first two Tests.

Kaushal in only his second Test took five wickets in the Pakistan first innings at Colombo.

Wijegunawardene also said a call has to be taken whether to retain batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage at no. 7 or replace him with either Jehan Mubarak or Kusal Perera.