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Herath Likely To Play In Quarter-Final Against South Africa

Herath Likely To Play In Quarter-Final Against South Africa
Rangana Herath (left) leaves the field after a split webbing in an attempt to take a return catch from Jos Buttler.
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Sri Lanka's left-arm-spinner Rangana Herath is likely to be fit for the World Cup quarter-final game against South Africa on Wednesday having recovered from a finger injury.

The veteran spinner had split his webbing while attempting a return catch from Jos Buttler during Sri Lanka's nine-wicket win over England in Wellington.

The 36-year-old who missed Sri Lanka's league matches against Australia and Scotland has been given time till tuesday to prove his fitness.

Speaking to the reporters ahead of the team’s training session in Sydney, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya expressed hope of Herath's return for the all-important quarter-final game against South Africa.

"Rangana is recovering fast and I hope he will be alright.

"The stitches have been taken off and he'll be ready for the match.

“That's what I'm thinking, it will depend on today and tomorrow, probably tomorrow."

Meanwhile Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews who sustained an Achilles injury during the game against Scotland has recovered and is expected to take the field on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign hasn’t been a smooth one so far, having plagued with injuries to Dhammika Prasad, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal, all of them ruled out of the tournament.

Despite the setbacks the 1996 World Cup champions have managed to win four out of their six games in the tournament riding heavily on their batsmen especially Kumar Sangakkara.

This will be the fifth time both the teams will be facing each other in a World Cup with South Africa holding a slight edge of winning two games and one ending in a tie.

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