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Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Asela Gunaratne has been ruled out of their three-test series against India after suffering a “pretty serious” fractured thumb on the opening day of the first match.

The all-rounder was rushed from Galle to Colombo to see a specialist after suffering the injury playing at second slip, attempting to catch out Shikhar Dhawan.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, India ended the day on 399 for 3, with Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 and Cheteshwar Pujara reaching 144 not out at the close.

The second match of the three-Test series starts in Colombo on August 3, with the final scheduled for Pallekele, beginning on August 12.

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