Sri Lanka looks to bounce backMathews, Gamage out of WI tour

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Sri Lanka, who are chasing their first Test series win in the Caribbean, will have plenty to think about when they take on the West Indies in the second Test commencing in Gros Islet, St. Lucia today.   

Sri Lanka arrived on the Caribbean shores for the three-match Test series confident of doing well.

However, a solid performance by the hosts in the first Test, has given the Windies a 1-0 lead.

2535The only bright spark for the Sri Lankans in the bowling department came in the form of Lahiru Kumara, who bowled with venom to pick up seven wickets over the two innings. 

But bar Kusal Mendis’ 102 in the second innings – Sri Lanka’s only individual score over 50 – there were no major contributions from the batsmen either. The visitors will be forced to make at least two changes to the side. Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Gamage will be flying back to Sri Lanka, and Danushka Gunathilaka and Dasun Shanaka have been named as replacements.

While Mathews is headed back due to personal reasons, Gamage fractured his finger while batting during the first Test, a release from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stated.  The visitors, therefore, might bring in Dhananjaya de Silva, who joined the squad late after the tragic death of his father. 

Gamage’s departure could mean an international debut for fast bowler Asitha Fernando, while depending on the nature of the surface Sri Lanka could also be tempted to try Akila Dananjaya. For the Windies, this provides a golden chance to win a series against a higher-ranked team. 

The only cause for worry for the Windies could be that their openers, Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith, failed to get going. 

However, with the series 1-0 in their favour, the Windies will likely not tinker with the combination just yet. This will be the first international at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium since a 50-over game between Afghanistan and the Windies in June 2017. 

The last Test staged here was back in August 2016 when India visited. Historically, the surface here has aided pace and bounce with spin coming into play as the Test progresses and it is likely to play the same on this occasion as well.


Angelo Mathews returning home to welcome a happy arrival in the family

Metro-logoBy Bipin Dani

Angelo Mathews is not the first cricketer to return home to be with his pregnant wife.  

The 31-year-old all-rounder Mathews is returning to Colombo from Windies tour on Thursday morning to be with his wife Heshani Silva, who is expecting the second child “any time soon”. 

There have been instances of several cricketers who have not shied away from the paternity leave as official reason to leave the tour midway. 

An SLC media release only stated “personal reason” for his early arrival.  

Angelo Mathews became proud father of the first child (son) February last year. Interestingly, the family had kept his name also as Angelo.