Along with Angelo Mathews, even Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanuska Gunathilaka are to return home due to injuries    Getty Images
Along with Angelo Mathews, even Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanuska Gunathilaka are to return home due to injuries Getty Images

Sri Lanka‘s skipper Angelo Mathews is all set to fly back home from South Africa after twisting his ankle during the second Twenty20 (T20I) and will be replaced as captain by Dinesh Chandimal stated the selectors. The Sri Lankan board said in a statement that Mathews had been “granted permission to return home” after injuring himself during his team’s victory on Sunday in Johannesburg, a match in which he played a starring role. Mathews’ hit two sixes in the last over to hand Sri Lanka a series-levelling three-wicket win in Sunday’s match after suffering a 3-0 Test series whitewash to South Africa.

“The next T-20 match will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal,” the board added in its statement.Mathews, who scored an unbeaten 54 at the Wanderers stadium, told the post-match press conference that he expected to be out for a couple of weeks and could well miss the rest of the tour. The third and final T20I will be played in Cape Town on Wednesday, followed by five One-Day internationals (ODIs), finishing on February 10. Talking about the second T20I, South Africa were bundled out for 113 in 18.1 overs and Sri Lanka overcame the hurdle in a crunch chase by two wickets. They got home in 18.4 overs and with this win, they also opened their account in the tour. They will be eager to turn the tides by claiming the series in the series finale against an inexperienced line-up of the Proteas. South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Lakshan Sandakan enters record books with his first delivery in T20Is

In its statement, the Sri Lankan board said that fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka were also expected to return home as they needed rest to recover from their injuries.