Angelo Mathews got to the milestone in his 161st ODI © Getty Images
Angelo Mathews got to the milestone in his 161st ODI © Getty Images

Angelo Mathews has reached the 100-wicket milestone in One-Day International (ODI) cricket after taking the scalp of Mohammad Hafeez in the fifth ODI against Pakistan at Hambantota. He reached the milestone in his 161st ODI. He has an average in the mid-thirties, which is impressive for someone who is also a fine batsman. However, majority of Mathews’ value as a bowler comes from his ability to contain batsmen an create pressure. His economy rate of 4.6 speaks for this ability of his. Mathews is a medium paced bowler who focuses on bowling nagging line and length to frustrate batsmen. LIVE UPDATES: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Hambantota

Sri Lanka are in a commanding position against Pakistan at the moment, thanks to an imposing first innings total of 368 for four. To chase the total down, Pakistan will need a big partnership, without losing track of the asking rate as it will spike drastically even if there are a few silent overs. With the given scenario, the batsmen can’t afford to use too many balls to set their eye in. ALSO READ: Tillakaratne Dilshan becomes 4th Sri Lankan to get to 10,000 ODI runs

At this moment, Sri Lanka look primed for sealing victory in the final match of the series and it will also work as a consolation victory for them as the visitors have already won three matches in the five match series. A victory of big margin will give Sri Lanka a lot of captain going ahead. ALSO READ: Kusal Perera brings up 1000 ODI runs milestone