Colombo: South Africa's hopes of staging a comeback in the ODI series against Sri Lanka suffered a blow on Tuesday when Hashim Amla got injured and had to be helped off the ground during the second ODI, which the visitors lost by 17 runs (D/L) to go 2-0 down in the five-match series.
Amla sustained a grade one tear to his left groin muscle while fielding on Tuesday. The incident happened during the 46th over of the Sri Lankan innings, after which Amla didn't return to field or bat. He also missed the first ODI with muscles spasms in his neck.
"Injuries of this nature usually take three to seven days to recover, but he will receive intensive treatment and rehab in the coming days to give him the best possible chance of being ready for the third or fourth ODI in Kandy this week," said Mohammad Mossajee, manager of the South African team.
The third ODI will be played in Pallekele on Friday, followed by the fourth on Sunday at the same venue.