The previous captain used to be anticipated to bowl on this recreation, however that now seems not going
He sustained the damage whilst operating a unmarried in Sri Lanka’s first innings, and ended up having to retire harm, when on 12, possibly to obtain additional remedy within the dressing room.
Mathews did go back to bat after an opening of slightly below 8 overs, all the way through which 4 Sri Lanka wickets fell. Coming in necessarily at No. 10, Mathews finished just one hobbled unmarried, opting for as a substitute to stay in his crease and take a look at to clobber barriers. He hit two instantly sixes and a 4 within the corporate of the tail, sooner than changing into the closing batter to be disregarded, scoring 29 of Sri Lanka’s 204.
When West Indies got here out to bat, Mathews didn’t take the sphere. He have been anticipated to bowl on this fit, however that now appears not going. He’s going to be assessed over the following 24 hours, however given his long-standing issues of hamstring, quad, and calf accidents, it’s imaginable that he’ll now not box, and simplest bat if required.
That is Mathews’ first world collection since Might. Within the first Check, he had hit 3 and 69 now not out.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf