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Mathews rues fielding lapses in first T20I

Angelo Mathews setting the field.
Angelo Mathews setting the field.

Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Mathews said that fielding lapses at a crucial stage let them down during the first Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Antigua on Wednesday.

“160 would have been a good score on this track. I knew we needed wickets to win this game. Had that catch been taken it would have been an interesting match,” Mathews told journalists after the game.

“But mistakes do happen. I thought Akila and Wanindu Hasaranga bowled brilliantly. They had the batsmen guessing. That's a plus point,” he stressed. Mathews also commended the batting efforts of Pathum Nissanka and Niroshan Dickwella who were associated in a fifty-run second-wicket partnership.

“At the start it was really good batting by Nissanka and Dickwella. We didn't assess the conditions after the first few overs.”

“Pollard as we know is very destructive. What I told Akila Dananjaya was to go for his wicket even if he gets hit for six sixes. If he miscued one, we could have got him out. Unfortunately, it didn't happen,” Mathews added. West Indies captain Kieron Pollard became only the third man to hit six sixes in an international over in his team’s four-wicket Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka.

The feat came in the sixth over of a bizarre West Indies innings, bowled by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya who moments earlier in his previous over had been celebrating taking a hat-trick. (Agencies)