At a time when nothing is going right for Sri Lanka, they have suffered yet another blow as their ace all-rounder has been ruled out of the third and last T20 International against India owing to a hamstring injury.
The former Sri Lanka skipper was forced to walk off the field midway through his third over and 12th of the innings after he suffered a grade one hamstring tear. The 30-year old did not return to the field thereafter, even while batting as Sri Lanka lost the game by 88 runs.
“Angelo will not play the last game of the series. According to the physiotherapist Nirmalan Dhanabalasingham, he will be out for about two weeks,” Sri Lanka’s team manager Asanka Gurusinha told Cricbuzz.
The latest injury setback has capped off a tough year for Mathews who was plagued with several injuries throughout 2017.
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The chain of injuries began right at the start of the year when he got sidelined for close to five months after sustaining the hamstring injury in the second T20I against South Africa in January. He returned to action during the Champions Trophy but did not bowl. He also did not roll his arms during the series against Zimbabwe and Test series against India but resumed it during the ODI series against the Men in Blue.
He also missed the series against Pakistan in the United Arabia Emirates due to a grade one tear to his calf muscle and did not bowl during the recent Test series against India.
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Meanwhile, his absence will be a huge blow for the beleaguered Sri Lankan side who have already lost the T20I series and would have hoped for his services badly to register a morale-boosting win in the last T20I which will be played on Sunday (December 24) in Mumbai.
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