Friday 1 April 2011 

Randiv Replaces Injured Mathews For World Cup Final

Randiv Replaces Injured Mathews For World Cup Final
Randiv Replaces Injured Mathews For World Cup Final
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Sri Lanka have replaced all-rounder Angelo Mathews with off-spinner Suraj Randiv in their 15-man squad ahead of Saturday's World Cup final against India on Saturday.

Mathews will miss the match in Mumbai, for which now make India 4/7 favourites to win and Sri Lanka 6/4, with a right thigh strain he picked up against New Zealand in the semi-final.

He batted, albeit with a runner during his side's five-wicket win which set up the final with fellow co-hosts and favourites India at the Wankhede Stadium.

Sri Lanka confirmed the change to the International Cricket Council (ICC) having called up Randiv and Chaminda Vaas as standby players.

The ICC Technical Committee has today approved the change.

Randiv, 26, has played 21 One-Day Internationals, taking 22 wickets while he has also played three Test matches and six Twenty20 Internationals.

Although veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has also been struggling with injuries throughout the tournament, he is expected to play in the final, which is set to be his final international match prior to retirement.

The match gets underway at 1430 IST (0900 GMT) and you can listen to unofficial audio coverage throughout the day on Cricket World® Radio.

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