Cape Town - Sri
Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews is to fly home from South Africa after
twisting his ankle during the second Twenty20 international and will be
replaced as captain by Dinesh Chandimal, selectors said on Monday.
The Sri Lankan board said in a statement that Mathews had been
"granted permission to return home" after injuring himself during his
team's victory on Sunday in Johannesburg, a match in which he played a
"The next T20 match will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal," the board added in its statement.
Mathews hit two sixes in the last over to hand Sri Lanka a
series-levelling three-wicket win in Sunday's match after suffering a
3-0 Test series whitewash to South Africa.
Mathews, who scored an unbeaten 54 at the Wanderers stadium, told the
post-match press conference that he expected to be out for a couple of
weeks and could well miss the rest of the tour.
The third and final T20 international will be played in Cape Town on
Wednesday, followed by five one-day internationals, finishing on
In its statement, the Sri Lankan board said that fast bowler Nuwan
Pradeep and opener Danuskha Gunathilaka were also expected to return
home as they needed rest to recover from their injuries.