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Mathews injury gives SL a headache

In a World Cup campaign that's been far from smooth, the last thing Sri Lanka wanted ahead of the final was an injury. However, their worst fears came true when all-rounder Angelo Mathews was ruled out of Saturday's final against India. Amol Karhadkar reports.

cricket Updated: Apr 02, 2011 01:35 IST
Amol Karhadkar

In a World Cup campaign that's been far from smooth, the last thing Sri Lanka wanted ahead of the final was an injury. However, their worst fears came true when all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who hurt his quadriceps muscle while fielding in the semifinals, was ruled out of Saturday's final against India. Mathews's injury has disturbed Sri Lanka's winning combination. It has also forced their think-tank to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new strategy.

It is because of Mathews that the islanders have been able to persist with three spinners for most of the tournament. Mathews has been so useful with his medium pace that Kumar Sangakkara has handed him the new ball and included an additional spinner.

Mathews ouster means Thisara Perera, the other all-rounder in the squad, is set to come in. Ajantha Mendis is set to make way for Suraj Randiv for the big match.