Angelo Mathews, who returned to T20I cricket after a long time, targeted the selectors


Mathews played a T20I match in almost three years

Angelo Matthews (Pic Source-Twitter)

Angelo Mathews played T20I cricket for almost three years and in his return, he batted brilliantly in the first T20 match against Zimbabwe and led Sri Lanka to victory. Mathews scored 46 runs in 38 balls with the help of five fours and one six. For this excellent performance he was chosen Player of the Match.

After the match, Angelo Mathews hit out at the selectors panel led by Pramodya Wickremesinghe and alleged a personal agenda to keep himself out of white-ball cricket. Recently, the selection committee headed by Upul Tharanga has included Mathews in the plans for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

If you take decisions driven by agenda then…

“I batted and bowled well in the last two Lankan Premier League (LPL) seasons, but unfortunately I was not selected for the T20 World Cup and I was not even told the reason,” Mathews was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. If you take decisions driven by agenda, things like this can happen. We couldn’t even qualify for the Champions Trophy.

Angelo Mathews further said, but I believe one thing that if you practice and play with all your heart, then you can create an environment for yourself where you can perform.

Target achieved by losing 7 wickets

Talking about the match, in the match played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Zimbabwe, batting first, scored 143 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. For Zimbabwe, captain Sikandar Raza scored 62 runs in 42 balls with the help of 5 fours and two sixes. In response, Sri Lanka achieved the target by losing 7 wickets. Apart from Mathews, Dasun Shanaka scored unbeaten 26 runs in 18 balls with the help of four fours.

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