Mendis expected to be fit for Sri Lanka's Super Eight matches
By Staff Writers | September 22, 2012
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene expects Ajantha Mendis to be fit for Sri Lanka's next game, their first match in the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Mendis suffered a mild side-strain during his world-record bowling performance against Zimbabwe in the World Twenty20 opener last week. He had just returned to the side after a long injury layoff spanning several months.
After taking six wickets for eight runs against Zimbabwe, Mendis was left out of Sri Lanka's clash against South Africa on Saturday, but captain Mahela Jayawardene said that it was more a precautionary measure.
"He's still sore [but] he's fine. We just didn't want to take a risk," Jayawardene said.
"We had four days [rest] before this game and we have another four days before our next, so it was the sensible thing to do.
"[We wanted] to give him a few days off and rest him, so that he will be fit for the next round."
Vice-captain Angelo Mathews meanwhile did not bat during Sri Lanka's run chase, and Jayawardene said that he too was not risked in the latter half of the rain-shortened match, as he had complained of a niggle when bowling earlier in the evening.
"He felt something when he was bowling, but he completed his over. It was nothing serious," Jayawardene said.
"Given that the game was just seven overs, and the situation we were in, we didn't want to take any risks.
"That's the risk in playing these kinds of games. You need to make sure your guys don't get injured. We have another four, five days before we get all these niggles sorted out and have our best eleven out their on the park."
The hosts will now move to Pallekele for their first Super Eight match which takes place on Thursday.
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