Kusal Mendis left the field immediately and spent the rest of the day icing the injury to his right ring finger. @ Getty Images

Sri Lanka copped up a major blow after Kusal Mendis took a severe blow on his finger while fielding at short leg on the opening day of their day-night tour match against Cricket Australia XI in Hobart on Thursday.

Mendis, a vital cog in Sri Lank’s batting department specially with the absence of Angelo Mathews, was in tremendous pain after he was hit by Jake Dornan. Mendis left the field immediately and spent the rest of the day icing the injury to his right ring finger. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, he will have an x-ray in the morning to ascertain the extent of the damage.

“At this stage, it’s a little bit of pain and he can’t hold the bat, so hopefully in 24 hours’ time we’ll know,” Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said.

“He was in quite a lot of pain but now he’s okay after icing it a couple of times.”

Mendis has been in impressive form of late. He made an unbeaten 141 in the first Test and added 67 in the second match against New Zealand. He was the second-highest scorer in Tests with 1023 runs at 46.50.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who will face Australia in a two-Test series beginning with the first match on January 24, had a mixed day. They reduced CA XI to 98/5 before Kurtis Patterson and Doran steadied the ship with an unbroken stand of 218. (ALSO READ: CA XI vs Sri Lanka: Kurtis Patterson, Jake Doran hundreds overshadow Test aspirants’ failures)

Hathurusingha meanwhile was concerned with the 12 no-balls – eight of coming from Kasun Rajitha.

“It’s a big concern,” he said. “We need to get that right because it’s happened to us again. The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got wickets off no-balls. We need to get it right soon.

“It’s about being aware of the line right in front of you basically. I think they are trying a bit too hard when the ball gets softer to get the ball through. It’s a mental thing so they need to adjust knowing they have to stay back.”

Sri Lanka were unable to keep a check of the run-rate later in the day either, with the spinners conceding more than five an over. (ALSO READ: Lakshan Sandakan’s no-balls was new for us: Sri Lanka bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge)

“We got a lot of information about the pink ball as well because we are playing with it after a long time. The last time was in Barbados with a Dukes ball and this ball is different, it got softer very quickly. I thought our guys bowled really well at the start then we need to find how to be in the game when it gets softer,” he said.