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Angelo Mathews has been forced to return home with a hamstring injury suffered during Sri Lanka’s 12-run defeat to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, Sri Lanka Cricket sources confirmed. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side in his absence.

SLC said Mathews suffered a tightness while batting in Sri Lanka’s unsuccessful run-chase yesterday.

Mathews suffered a similar issue in December when he was o return to the dressing room halfway through his third over – 12th in the Indian innings – as he suffered a grade one hamstring tear during the second T20 Internationals. He was ruled out for two weeks but return to lead the national side for the tri-series.

Mathews has a long history of hamstring, calf and ankle injuries and was forced to return home early from the tour of South Africa in January this year. He was out for five months and when he made his return during the Champions Trophy in England, he played only as a specialist batsman.

His exit is a major concern for the Sri Lankans who are looking to rebuild the team after a disastrous year in 2017.

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