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Dinesh Chandimal flies back home midway through the Chattogram Test

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Sri Lanka batter Dinesh Chandimal has left the Chattogram Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday due to a “family medical emergency”.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) took to their official X (formerly Twitter) account to announce Chandimal’s unavailability to further partake in the ongoing second Test while extending their support to the batter.

“Dinesh Chandimal has withdrawn from the team playing the 2nd Test match against Bangladesh with immediate effect due to a ‘family medical emergency.’ Accordingly, the player will return home immediately,” the SLC posted.

Sri Lanka Cricket, his teammates, and the coaching staff fully support Dinesh Chandimal at this moment of need and request that the public respect his and his family’s privacy.

Chandimal was dismissed after scoring nine runs during the second innings on day three yesterday.

A substitute fielder replaced him on the field during Bangladesh’s second innings while chasing a record target of 511.

Sri Lanka set Bangladesh a mammoth target to win the Chattogram Test after declaring their second innings for 157-7 on the fourth day.

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Resuming the fourth day on 102-6, the visitors batted for little over an hour to add 55 runs to their overnight score, before Sri Lanka captain Dhananjaya de Silva declared their innings.

Angelo Mathews, unbeaten on 39 overnight, hit the highest score with 56 runs. He was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan after completing his 41st Test fifty.

Prabath Jayasuriya was unbeaten on 28 when the declaration came, along with Vishwa Fernando, who was eight not out.

Debutant pace bowler Hasan Mahmud finished with 4-65 for Bangladesh.

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