Within sniffing distance of making the final of the tri-nation series, Angelo Mathews seems to be peaking in time for Sri Lanka. An all-round performance from the Lankan skipper helped his team beat West Indies by 39 runs (D/L method) in a rain-affected game played over two days.
The victory against the Caribbeans took Sri Lanka to the top of the points table and almost assured them a berth in Thursday's final. The Lankans play India at Port-of-Spain on Tuesday and only if the islanders lose in excess of 200-plus runs, their chances of making the final get jeopardized. (Read: The permutations and combinations)
After his 30 off 27 balls and a four-wicket haul, Mathews will back himself and the Lankans to play the tri-series final. Mathews' 4/29 was his best bowling figures against the West Indies and he can be really effective on Caribbean tracks which have lost their pace over the years.