Sri Lanka limited-overs skipper, Angelo Mathews © AFP
Sri Lanka limited-overs skipper, Angelo Mathews © AFP

Sri Lanka didn’t play to their potential, and lost their tournament-opener to Zimbabwe  by 12 runs in the tri-nation series. However, they are already in a fix with regular skipper Angelo Mathews‘ hamstring injury ahead of Bangladesh face-off. Mathews skipped the practice session, and coach Chandika Hathurusingha was seen having an intense discussion with Dinesh Chandimal. Mathews has been kept under observation for a day, and the team management will take a final call later.

Speaking of Mathews’ injury, batting coach Thilan Samaraweera revealed, “At the moment he is under observation for 24 hours and we will take a decision later if he will play or not. I think he had hurt his hamstring; we are not sure if it’s hamstring or cramping.”

Bangladesh’s pacer Mustafizur Rahman had a good outing against Zimbabwe. Samaraweera also shed lights on the team’s plans for every individual in the Bangladesh camp, rather than just focusing on Rahman. He further added, “We have different plans for the individuals. I can’t say specifically but Bangladesh got top quality spinners. Good thing is we have three more games. If play our potential we can have a good game tomorrow.”

Sri Lanka, in pursuit of 291, fell short against Zimbabwe by 12 runs. They would like to address their issues and get off the mark in the short tri-series. Stating on the undesirable start, Samaraweera pointed out, “It can happen in a series like tri-series. We can lose one or two but important thing is to take the positive out from the game. We lost by a small margin in the first game as we did not play our best game. Still we lost by 12 runs. If we come up and play our best game then we have a better result I believe.”