After suffering a heartbreak tie against the England team on Tuesday evening, the Sri Lankan team has suffered another blow as their captain Angelo Mathews who suffered a hamstring injury during the first white ball clash against England has failed to recover and now he will be undergoing a fitness test before the second clash.
Mathews was finding it difficult to walk during the first One-day and could bowl only six overs. He failed to overcome the pain next morning and now his fate will be decided through a fitness test. His loss will be an irrecoverable loss as the all-rounder played his part well in the first ODI. Along with leading the team from the front he also scored 73 runs with the bat followed by neat figures of 2/22.
A tie, in the end, was a big torture for him and his team as it was the first time on this tour when Lankan team was so close to the win but the last ball six from Liam Plunkett’s deprived them of their first win of the tour. the match ended with both teams ending the innings on 286.
Now the Lankan team will take on the hosts on Friday but before that Mathews have to prove his fitness. In case he fails to recover than some other player from the roster will walk in the team and Lankan team will play with a new captain for the first tie in the series.
Well, Mathews is not the first casualty to the Lankan team as there is a long list of players who have been ruled out of the series due to some or the injury. The list includes Dushmantha Chameera, Dhammika Prasad, and Shaminda Eranga. Eranga’s heart problem was the biggest shock for everyone. Now with future of captain under clouds, the visiting team will find it difficult to face the local boys.