Birthday special: Angelo Mathews – Three best knocks of the Sri Lankan stalwart

Angelo Matthews

Angelo Mathews is one of the most influential players in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. He is celebrating his 35th birthday today. The all-rounder made his debut in 2008 and has featured in more than 350 matches across formats. In this article, we will be discussing the three best knocks of his international career.

3) 200* vs Zimbabwe, Harare Test 2020

This was the first Test match of the Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe in 2020. Batting first, the home team scored 358 runs with the fifties coming from the top 3 batsmen. In response, the Sri Lankan veteran Angelo Mathews smashed a wonderful double ton scoring 200 runs off 468 balls. He hit 16 fours and 3 sixes in his knock. Sri Lanka declared their innings at 515/9 and won the match by 10 wickets in the end.

2) 85 vs England, World Cup 2019

In the league match of World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka scored 232/9 while batting first. For them, Angelo Mathews played a vital knock of 85 runs off 115 balls. He hit 5 fours and 1 six in the unbeaten innings. In response, the English team got dismissed for 212 runs losing the game by 20 runs. Lasith Malinga was the star in the bowling for Sri Lanka picking up 4 wickets for 43 runs in 10 overs.

1) 160 vs England, Leeds Test, 2014

In this match played between Sri Lanka and England in 2014, the home team won the toss and elected to field first. This was the second match of the series, and the first one was earlier drawn which meant the second game was the series decider. In the first innings, the Sri Lankan team got dismissed for 257 runs. In response, England piled up 365 runs and got a huge lead of 108 runs.

The visitors were now under pressure, but Angelo Mathews played a brilliant knock of 160 runs in the second inning to power the team score to 457. He hit 25 fours and 1 six in the 249-ball knock. In the fourth innings, England got all-out for 249 losing the Test as well as the two-match series.