After losing the One-Day International series against world champions Australia, Sri Lanka has suffered another setback as their skipper Angelo Mathews is in doubt for the final ODI and the T20I series that follows. The allrounder is suspected of sustaining a calf injury.
While batting on 28 during the fourth ODI, Mathews pulled up short after setting off for a single. However, he resumed batting after having received treatment but soon found it tough to carry on and then decided to leave the field with Sri Lanka at 115 for 3 in 27.1 overs.
The Sri Lankan skipper once again came on the pitch in the 48th over and hit a couple of boundaries.
“Unfortunately, he’s got a calf strain,” Dinesh Chandimal, the stand-in skipper, confirmed after the match ended. “So he’s going to have a CT scan tomorrow and the physio is going to tell us whether he can play or not. “He is unlikely to play in this series, unfortunately.”
Mathews was not having a great series as he could score only 99 runs and took four wickets in the four matches but there is no denying the fact that the young Sri Lankan team would miss his experience in the remaining matches.
Coming to the match, former captain George Bailey’s unbeaten 90 and pacer John Hastings’ brilliant six-wicket haul helped the reigning world cup winners to defeat the hosts by a massive six-wicket to take the One-Day International series at Dambulla with one more match still to play.
Sri Lanka and Australia will lock horns for the fifth and final ODI on Sunday (September 4) in Kandy.
Australia’s Sri Lanka tour will be concluded after the two-match T20I series which will be played in Kandy and Colombo on September 6 and September 9 respectively.