Saturday, 25 June 2016, 07:48am
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews doubtful for second one-day international
Mathews' hamstring strain meant he had to sit out much of England's run-chase on Tuesday at Trent Bridge, where Liam Plunkett struck the final ball of the match for six to secure a tie.
By then, Mathews had underpinned his team's 286 for nine with a hard-working 73 and then taken two early wickets as the hosts faltered to 30 for four and then 82 for six.
His absence for the second match of five would therefore be a major blow, with off-spinner Suraj Randiv his most likely replacement and wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal taking over as captain.
Mathews took no part in full practice in Birmingham but did some stretching before being able to run at an estimated 70 per cent by a team spokesman, and then padding up only to face a tennis ball on the outfield.
Earlier, it fell to Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka to spell out how much the captain might be missed.
"He's the key man in the middle order for us, and he played a brilliant knock [at Trent Bridge]," he said.
"He's very important for our next four matches, and we hope he will get well soon and play the next one."
Gunathilaka, set for his 10th ODI cap, has been grateful for Mathews' support so far in his young career.
"He gave me a lot of confidence - that's been really helpful to me," he said.
Gunathilaka managed only nine at the top of the order in Nottingham, before being caught-behind off David Willey.
He said of England's left-armer: "He was very good with the new ball.
"But it was a good wicket, and I think we were short by 10 to 20 runs. We have to be positive."
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Angelo Mathews is a doubt for the second match of the Royal London Series