30-Year-Old All Rounder Sri Lanka
November 20, 2017 Angelo Mathews News
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Mathews scored 52 off 94 including eight boundaries in the first innings of Sri Lanka's draw with India in the first Test of the series.
After holding India to just 172 in the first innings, Mathews stepped into the crease at two for 34 and settled into a good rhythm with Lahiru Thirmanne for 99 runs on the third wicket to reach his half-century. His fifty was his first since July, when he scored 83 at Galle, also against India with those being his only two half-centuries this year in 14 Test innings.
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Fantasy AnalysisMathews, who was just declared fit, hasn't played since 6 September in a T20I against India, provides a much-needed boost of experience in what's likely to be a difficult series against the top-ranked Test squad. Mathews hasn't been in the best form this year, averaging just 27.33 runs with one fifty in 12 innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe calf injury that ruled Mathews out of the Test series against Pakistan will prevent the former skipper from returning for the ODI series. The recent injury goes with a hamstring tear and other multiple leg injuries that has stopped Mathews from playing for the Sri Lankan side in the past year. The calf injury has prevented Mathews from playing since the start of September thus far.
Fantasy AnalysisThe former skipper of the Sri Lankan side is notorious for his injury problems and particularly those concerning his legs. The latest is a calf strain that Mathews sustained during training on Tuesday. Mathews has missed a large period of the last 12 months due to a torn hamstring in January and multiple leg injuries late last year.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile a poor series for Sri Lanka, with that being almost understatement, Mathews was very solid throughout, particularly at Colombo. He scored 192 runs across the five matches at an average of 48.00 including two half-centuries, both of which came at Colombo. In one of the poorest series' for Sri Lanka in recent vintage, Mathews and the rest of the squad will look to take the one-off T20I at Colombo on Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews' beautiful straight drive that brought up his 33rd ODI 50 also set the Sri Lanka dressing room on fire because it brought them within one run of defeating tournament-favorites India. The Sri Lanka captain hit six fours overall. The 30-year-old was involved in two 50-run stands, he scored 35 of a 75-run partnership with Kusal Perera before Perera retired hurt and contributed 17 runs to a 51-run stand with Asela Gunaratne. Mathews returned from injury to play this match solely as a batsman after missing the tournament opener.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews hit a captains knock of 90 as his side fell just short to a strong Australian side, failing to hang on with just two balls remaining. Mathews hit his score off 106 balls and it contained 9 fours and two sixes. With the ball, he bowled just two overs and went for an expensive 18 runs.
Fantasy AnalysisThe dour bowling aside, Mathews posted 31 off 23 in the Daredevils' most-recent outing Wednesday, implying his form with the bat is fine. More than likely, the Bangladeshi will continue to work toward 100 percent for June's Champions Trophy after dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries already in 2017.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a scoring a half-century on one good leg in mid-January against South Africa, Mathews has yet to return as he continues to recover from a lingering hamstring injury. Though most accomplished at the ODI level with 180 caps to his name, his 119.24 strike rate and 29 run average makes his absence felt in the middle of Sri Lanka's order. His absence for the T20Is put his status in doubt for the start of the Delhi Daredevils' IPL season as he and the Sri Lankan physios have put country over club and want to ensure his participation in the Champions Trophy, which begins in June just after the IPL's conclusion.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews played in a pair of T20I's against South Africa and was recently purchased for INR 2 crore at the IPL Auction by the Delhi Daredevils, but his hamstring continues to hold him back. After the two Test matches, the series moves to Dambulla, when he's expected to be available for the three ODI's as well as the two following T20I's against Bangladesh before playing in the IPL.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite missing out on the Sri Lankan's T20I series against Australia, he looks as if he'll be fit for the IPL and was one of the highest-price players purchased on Monday. Mathews did not participate in IPL 9 last year and was underwhelming for the Pune Warriors in the 2015 edition, averaging just 20.57 runs and putting up a high-score of just 28 across his 11 matches.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews' injury came in Sri Lanka's T20I win over South Africa in late January during an attempted run. The 29-year-old has been out of the side after match-winning effort initially stating he'd be out for "a couple of weeks." Sri Lanka will name a stand-in captain along with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews twisted his ankle and was unable to run with seven balls left in Sri Lanka's chase of 114 so instead of running he bashed two sixes in the final over to hand Sri Lanka the first win of the tour. The Sri Lanka captain brought up his 50 with a six from his 50th delivery and what would be the final ball of the match, Mathews is expected to be out for "a couple of weeks".
Fantasy AnalysisHaving missed the recent tour to Zimbabwe, Mathews returns having suffered injuries to the leg including a torn calf. With his return, the captaincy will also pass back over to the allrounder.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews was a key absence from Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe, along with Dinesh Chandimal, but has announced his recovery from leg injuries that included a torn calf. “I have recovered from my injury completely and I am ready to tour South Africa,” Mathews told the audience at the SLC’s Dialog Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo this week. Mathews picked up the domestic awards for allrounder of the year and cricketer of the year.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews wlll miss the remainder of Sri Lanka's current matches in Australia. He's set for an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Sri Lankan captain was instrumental with his array of skills as the home side tied the ODI series at 1-1 with an impressive 82-run victory. Mathews contributed 57 from 60 deliveries as Sri Lanka finished on 288 on a challenging pitch to bat on. He then followed it up with impressive bowling figures of two wickets for 17 runs from six overs bowled, including the late dismissals of Travis Head and Mitchell Starc in the span of three balls.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis guided Sri Lanka before a sustained drizzle suspended the game for more than two hours, they exited within six overs of resumed play, bringing regulars Dinesh Chandimal and Mathews together. The partnership was laden with singles, but three sixes and a pair of fours kept the run rate humming along. David Willey broke up the pair by plucking Chandimal's leg stump in the 37th, at which point an 87-run stand had pushed the visitors to 245. Thereafter, Mathews notched 32 of Sri Lanka's 60 remaining runs, but the final tally was eventually pursued successfully by Jason Roy (162 off 118) and company, despite having just 42 overs to do so.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews' ability to bowl signaled the health of his hamstring, which was deemed 70 percent heading into Friday's match. While he was able to muster 44 off 54 on that occasion, he didn't take the ball in what amounted to a 10-wicket defeat at the hands of the hosts. In this match, his bat was equally dangerous, as he notched an 80-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal in the middle overs and a run-per-ball stand of 38 with Upul Tharanga as the innings wore down. Although a top-edge to keeper Jos Buttler served as Mathews' walking papers in the 44th, Sri Lanka was poised to defend 248 with their captain able to take the ball. Ultimately, though, the weather didn't cooperate in the eventual washout.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter he was declared "70 percent" fit Thursday, Mathews surprised many by entering Edgbaston with the team sheet just one day later. Winning the toss spurred Mathews to bat first, but the top order responded with varying results. Upon Mathews' entrance at No. 5 in the 17th, Sri Lanka was sitting on 77. As the match proceeded, the hobbled combination of Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal couldn't muster much traction outside of the odd four and managed 82 off 97, the last of which the captain top edged to Liam Plunkett at short backward square leg. Sri Lanka's tally of 254 was subsequently pursued with success by the tandem of Jason Roy and Alex Hales, but neither had to face Mathews' pace due to the state of his hamstring. It remains to be seen if Mathews will be an allround factor in Sunday's ODI with England in Bristol.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews put together a performance befitting of a captain Tuesday, scoring 73 in the first innings before taking two for 22 off six overs. He aggravated his hamstring during this early spell with the ball, though, and didn't return to the field. Because England stumbled to 30/4 and had mustered just 48 upon his departure at the end of the 12th, his presence likely would have made the difference between a win and the eventual result of this game (a tie). In any case, he missed the entirety of Thursday's practice, during which he merely stretched, ran at 70 percent, and faced a tennis ball in the outfield.
Fantasy AnalysisSri Lanka's top order stumbled out of the gate, losing three within the first nine overs. The development likely spurred Mathews' measured approach with the bat, but his initial partnership went at a snail's pace, to say the least. In the course of 16.5 overs, he contributed 31 to a 64-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal. After the latter party departed, Mathews stepped aside as Seekkuge Prasanna dominated the strike, hammering four sixes and eight fours en route to 59 (or most of their 68-run stand). The aggressiveness ultimately felled Prasanna on a return catch to Chris Woakes in the 34th, and Mathews' three remaining tandems were far less productive (nine, 28, and 41). Following his highest score in 18 ODI innings against England, Mathews' six-over spell yielded the scalps of Jason Roy and Joe Root, who accounted for two of his 21 dots. Mathews left the field after 13 overs to receive treatment on his hamstring and didn't make another appearance, leaving his availability for Friday's second ODI with England up in the air.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews initially wielded the bat in the 37th but didn't inflict significant damage until Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed in the 41st. Wrapping up the first innings with Milinda Siriwardana, the tandem absolutely obliterated Pakistan's seamers down the stretch, accumulating 114 from the final 55 balls. While two imminent T20s will wrap up the series, Mathews posted a batting average of 33.00 and took his three scalps every 57.3 balls to go with a 4.46 economy rate in the five ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisAt this year's World Cup, Mathews averaged 39.00 with an 89.86 strike rate, while his six scalps fell every 35.6 balls with an economy rate of 5.80. He turned his focus to the IPL soon after, swiping seven wickets at a strike rate of 25.7 to go with a 20.57 batting average and 138.46 batting strike rate in 11 outings. With five ODIs imminent, he'll aim to uphold his lofty career average of 40.24 and 97 scalps across 156 matches in the format.
Fantasy AnalysisThe absence marks Mathews' first since Dehli's opener on Apr. 9 in what has been an up-and-down campaign. Nabbing wickets in six of 10 matches, his seven scalps have been taken every 25.71 balls. With the bat, his 23.83 average has been propped up by three unbeaten innings across nine games, but his strike rate, 141.58, implies that an outburst could occur at any time in spite of a top score of 28 this season.
Fantasy AnalysisComing on at No. 6 near the end of the 14th over, Mathews wrapped up the first innings via wicket when he edged a full and wide delivery to the keeper. His only boundaries, two sixes and one four, fueled a 20-run 19th over to push the Daredevils to a modest 146. In defense of that total, his overs were the most expensive among the bowling unit, as he surrendered five fours and recorded only two dot balls in his three overs. With three unbeaten outings and a top score of 28 on his ledger, Mathews boasts a 76.00 average and 152.00 strike rate in IPL8. Meanwhile, his three wickets have been toppled every 28.00 balls, while giving up 9.71 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisSri Lanka was in dire straits upon Mathews' appearance in the crease at No. 6. A combination of negligible run production and four wickets gone with the wind against the Proteas' aggressive bowling left his side at 4/81 through the first ball of the 23rd over. Mathews and the previously untouchable Kumar Sangakarra couldn't get the attack back in track, though, combining for 33 across 9.5, with the captain contributing only one boundary before his dismissal. Mathews logged five innings during the World Cup, averaging 39.00 at a strike rate of 89.86. However, his Achilles concern didn't allow him to bowl in the last two games, which may have been the final straw for an injury-riddled squad. He'll now prepare for the start of the IPL next month as a featured allrounder for the Dehli Daredevils.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter notching his World Cup-high 51 off 21 last Wednesday versus Scotland, Matthews didn't bowl for the first time in the tournament due to an Achilles issue. However, a week of rest has allowed the captain to return, as he looks to uphold a 44.00 average and 95.13 strike rate in four innings. Meanwhile, with the ball, he's taken six wickets for 34.50 while giving up 5.80 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews left the field during the second innings of Thursday's win against Scotland, which kept him from taking the ball for the first time in the tournament. His absence continued into Saturday's optional training session, but he's expected to work in the nets Sunday with an eye on the first quarterfinal Wednesday in Sydney. In four innings in the World Cup, he's averaging a formidable 44.00 with a strike rate of 95.14. Moreover, his six wickets have gone for 34.50 and a 5.80 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter he was dropped at deep midwicket while situated at 21, Mathews smashed four sixes in a row on the very next over, establishing the second-fastest half-century of the tournament off 20 balls. However, his attempt to strike a fifth consecutive fell short of the boundary and into Freddie Coleman's hands, all but ending Sri Lanka's pursuit of 400. Although his services with the bat haven't been required on two occasions during the World Cup, Mathews has averaged 44.00 at a 95.14 strike rate in four innings.
Fantasy AnalysisMathews found difficulty containing Australian bats, allowing less than a run per ball in only one of his seven overs. His 15 dot balls opposed seven boundaries surrendered en route to the second-worst economy rate, 8.42, among Sri Lanka's bowlers. During the second innings, Mathews teamed up with Dinesh Chandimal for an 80-run stand in 10.1 overs before the latter retired with a hamstring injury. Facing a required run rate of nearly 11 runs per over in the 42nd, Mathews fell two balls later, all but ending the possibility of a successful pursuit of 376. After five World Cup games, he has produced with the bat when needed, averaging 41.67 with a 76.22 strike rate in three innings. Meanwhile, his five wickets have gone at an economy of 5.80.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter posting 40-plus runs in back-to-back contests to start the World Cup, Sri Lanka has only required its top three batsmen in the last two, thereby leaving Mathews to pick up the slack with the ball. Typically a part-time bowler, he used the maximum 10 overs for the first time in eight ODIs this year. Overall, he's nabbed nine wickets for a 22.67 average and 4.80 economy rate. In the crease, though, he holds a 36.00 average with a subpar 61.80 strike rate in five ODI innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was Mathews' second consecutive score in the 40s, after posting 46 against New Zealand, but the three scalps he got were his first of the tournament. Mathews boasts a phenomenal average of 17.85 in 2015, whilst retaining a stellar economy rate of 4.65, just over his career mark of 4.53.
Fantasy AnalysisSri Lanka's innings were initially promising, as they were sitting nicely at 1/124 through 21.5. However, in the span of 12 balls, three wickets fell, and soon their score read 4/129. Mathews finally entered at No. 6 in a precarious situation, yet managed well despite the collapse of three additional wickets before his eventual downfall on a high fly to mid-on in over 42. While the chase didn't proceed as planned, he recorded an economical 4.66 run rate in six overs, with his colleagues posting a collective 6.89 runs per over. As he approaches his second World Cup game as Sri Lankan captain on Sunday, Feb. 22, versus Afghanistan, he boasts a 75.76 strike rate at bat to go with an admirable 4.24 economy in five ODIs in 2015.