Sri Lanka Cricket, in a statement confirmed that de Silva had sustained “a grade 2 tear on his thigh” which will keep him out of action for two weeks.
Sri Lanka, who finished the first day on 340/6, will thus be a player short and his absence will not only weaken the tourists’ top-six batting line-up but also their bowling attack as they will be unable to call on his right-arm off-spin.
The second match starts on January 3 in Johannesburg. The batsman will now hope to be fit for the first Test against England, which begins on January 14 in Galle. (UNI)