Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath Set For Quarter-Final Return
Mathews suffered a heel injury while batting during his side’s Pool A World Cup game against Scotland on Wednesday and consequently left the field early in the Scotland innings raising concerns over his fitness.
However, the Sri Lankan skipper seemed to be progressing well and according to a spokesman of the team management, Mathews is expected to be 100 percent fit for the quarter-final.
Meanwhile veteran spinner Herath who sustained a finger injury during the England game is also making a substantial recovery and is expected to return to the Sri Lankan line-up for the quarter-final.
"I think he (Herath) has about an 80 percent chance of playing in the quarter-final," opener Lahiru Thirimanne said after the win over Scotland.
"I feel he will be fit.”
Despite Herath’s brisk progress the selectors have decided to send off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal to Australia as a cover for the left-arm spinner.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign has been hit by injuries with Dhammika Prasad, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and recently Dinesh Chandimal all being ruled out of the tournament midway.
Barring any upsets or spoilsport from weather, Sri Lanka are set to take on South Africa in the quarter-final 18th March at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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