Tri-nation series: Angelo Mathews happy with team character as Lanka hope to roll over India

The Sri Lankan captain came good with both bat and ball against the West Indies while Kumar Sangakkara showed all his wisdom with the bat with a 95-ball 90.

updated: July 09, 2013 15:20 IST
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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.

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