Captain Angelo Mathews, fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep, and batsman Danushka Gunathilaka will return to their home country following injury concerns. The trio will fly back before the third T20I of the series against South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Sri Lankan side in Mathews’ absence.Mathews had suffered a hamstring injury during the second T20I.
He limped during his match-winning knock in the 2nd T20I at Johannesburg. It is not clear for how long Mathews will be unavailable to play for Sri Lanka.
Pradeep suffered a blow on his hand during the first T20I while Gunathilaka had a back complaint.The three players constantly featured in Sri Lanka’s limited-overs set-up and their flying out is a major blow to the team.The three-match T20I series is leveled at 1-1 with the decider on January 25 at Cape Town. The T20I series will be followed by a five-match ODI series.
T20 World Cup final did not force me to not give final over to Ben Stokes, says Eoin Morgan
Ben Stokes had bowled the final over in the World T20 final at Eden Gardens last year. England had 19 runs to defend Carlos Brathwaite slammed four straight sixes off the allrounder to give West Indies the trophy. England captain Eoin Morgan reckons that the memories of the incident did not play any part in the decision of who will bowl the last over.“No, not at all. So I was actually thinking of bowling him two in a row and bowling him out because he bowled a great over and got the wicket of Hardik Pandya.
The bowlers made everything we did today look really good, which they do all the time. It's great to see them bowl today,” said Morgan at the press conference post the thrilling 5-run victory over India in the third ODI.
Stokes had completed his bowling quota in the 48th over. Chris Woakes had been given the duties of defending 15 runs from the last over by Morgan and take the team over the line. “Sort of went back and took a bit of gamble and came off a little bit. Some days they work, some days they don't,” added Morgan admitting the nerves during the final stages of the match.