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POSTED AT 07:45 AM 30-12-2018

Injured Mathews likely to miss limited over series in NZ

Mathews' absence will put Sri Lanka's chances of saving the Test in jeopardy

Sri Lanka’s chances of saving the second Test against New Zealand suffered a major blow after Angelo Mathews retired hurt with an apparent hamstring trouble during the fourth day’s play on Saturday.

Mathews has been sent for a scan later last evening to see the extend of his injury and the chances of coming out and resuming play will depend entirely on the results of the scan.

Mathews who made a match saving century having shared a defiant stand with Kusal Mendis in the first Test was in great form right through the series and his absence to bat will put Sri Lanka’s chances of saving the test in jeopardy.

On day four. Sri Lanka were batting in chase of a mammoth 660, Mathews felt his right hamstring pull up while taking a couple of runs. He struggled at first and had the medical staff attend to him immediately. He continued to bat on until tea as he opted not to come out to bat after the break.

The former Sri Lanka skipper has had recurring injuries in his hamstrings and calves over the past two years and had missed several entire series.

The latest injury could keep him out of the limited over series that follows the New Zealand Tests and also the two Test series against Australia late in January.