Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the remaining two matches in the one-day international series against India after fracturing his thumb in the third ODI.Chandimal sustained the injury when he was caught on the hand by a Hardik Pandya bouncer in Sunday’s match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, which India won by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.”SLC confirms that Test captain Dinesh Chandimal will be out of action for the rest of the series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. (Crowd trouble erupts in India-Sri Lanka ODI, MS Dhoni takes a nap on the field)”We will have a better idea of timeline of his recovery after consulting a specialist in Colombo tomorrow.”The teams move to Colombo for the fourth one-dayer on Thursday with the fifth to follow in the capital on Sunday. They will also face off in a Twenty20 international on September 6.
Antoine Griezmann scored a brace to help world champions France come from behind and beat Germany in their UEFA Nations Cup match in Paris on Tuesday.The 27-year-old forward cancelled out Toni Kroos’s first half penalty with a fine header just past the hour and then scored with a spot-kick himself late in the game to kill off the visitors’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals.The French found themselves on the backfoot in the first half but did not lose confidence even when the Germans came close to a second goal at the Stade de France.”This is the difference between a team with a lot of confidence and a team like Germany which lacks some confidence and is maybe not as efficient,” France coach Didier Deschamps told reporters.”There is nothing better for my team, my players, than this. The best vitamin is victory and tonight we had a difficult game and won against a difficult team.”[email protected] devient le 10e meilleur buteur de l’histoire de l’Equipe de France (à égalité avec Sylvain Wiltord) #FiersdetreBleus #FRAALL pic.twitter.com/3rUR4UPY0EEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 16, 2018France top the League A Group 1 standings with seven points from three games above the Netherlands on three from two and Germany with one.Bonne victoire ! Belle solidarité de toute l’équipe !! #Fiersdetrebleus #FRAALL pic.twitter.com/60z7t8H9s7Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) October 16, 2018The Germans, with five changes to the team that lost 3-0 away to the Netherlands on Saturday, had their share of chances and overall looked sharper despite their sixth defeat of 2018.advertisementLeroy Sane and Serge Gnabry added much needed speed to Germany’s game and the overall performance offered coach Joachim Loew some respite after recent setbacks.”We should not be disappointed tonight after such a performance,” said Loew, who has been under pressure since his side’s World Cup flop in June.”We were on the same level with the world champions and we should have scored a second goal in the first half. But the French have a lot of quality and scored two goals from just a handful of chances.”After crashing out at the group stage in the World Cup in Russia, Germany, world champions in 2014, are still looking for their first victory in UEFA’s the Nations League competition.(With inputs from Reuters)