17 Nov 2012

Sri Lanka's Dilshan to miss first test with back problem

10:29 am on 17 November 2012

The Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has been ruled out of the first cricket test against New Zealand starting tonight because of a continuing back injury.

Dilshan smashed an unbeaten 102 in Sri Lanka's seven-wicket victory in the third one-dayer of the five-match series, won 3-nil by the hosts.

The two matches were abandoned due to rain.

He will be replaced by 24-year-old left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne, who's played just two one-day internationals.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand play a two-test series with the second match due to begin in Colombo on November 25th.