Sri Lankan hitter Dana Jaya de Silva was removed from the remaining two-time test series in South Africa after experiencing second-grade thigh strain, team officials confirmed on Sunday.
De Silva was injured in his first innings in Sri Lanka on the opening day of his first tests at Centurion Park on Saturday.
His absence will not only weaken the tourists’ sixth batting lineup, but will also weaken the bowling attack as he cannot call the off-spin right arm.
The 29-year-old was injured while cruising for a comfortable single at 79, and immediately fell to the floor after finishing the run.
De Silva is expected to play for two weeks, but Sri Lanka hopes he will fit into his home series against England starting January 14 in Galle.
Sri Lanka closed its opening day from 340 to 6, and has held a strong position in the turnstiles providing a lot of help to bowling players.