Sri Lanka all-rounder and on-and-off captain Angelo Mathews is one of the finest batsmen in the team in the moment. His long-standing fitness issues have forced him to go from a genuine all-rounder in all formats to a middle order batsman.
He has more than 5,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. In fact, he recently played his 200th ODI for the island nation and has 10 international tons under his belt. But one record that has still eluded him is an ODI ton in front of his home crowd.
In 201 ODIs, Mathews has two centuries and 37 fifties, which is a very low conversion rate. Both ODI tons are in India.
However, his latest fifty gave Mathews an opportunity to finally reach three figures in an ODI at home as he remained unbeaten on 97 in the fifth and final ODI against South Africa on Sunday.
Captain's knock of 97* by #CaptainMarvellous Angelo Mathews, hammered the straight drives and played the Mathews' special commanding front foot pulls. Batted @Angelo69Mathews. #MajesticMathews #SLvSA #LKA— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) August 12, 2018
Mathews took 97 balls for his knock as Sri Lanka made 299-8 in Colombo. The 31-year-old hit one six and 11 fours during his innings.
However, at least Mathews has ODI tons under his belt.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq retired from the game without a single three figure score in ODIs. In 162 matches, Misbah scored fifty on 42 occasions for more than 5,000 runs but never reached three digits.
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9:30 pm – England on top at Lord’s
Chris Woakes hits his maiden Test ton as England ended day three on 357-7 for a lead of 250 against India in the Lord’s Test.
Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for 93 as England counter-attacked brilliantly after being 131-5 on Saturday.
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9:00 pm – Imran Khan gifted signed bat by Indian team
Pakistan’s Prime Minister-elect and former captain Imran Khan was presented a cricket bat signed by the Indian team when India’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria visited him at his residence.
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8:00 pm – Russell on fire
West Indies star Andre Russell picked up a hat-trick and scored a match-winning century in the Caribbean Premier league.
Russel’s 121 not out helped Jamaica Tallawahs chase down 224 against Trinbago Knight Riders.
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6:30 pm – England race past 200 at Lord’s
Jonny Bairtsow hit a half-century as England took the total past 200 for a lead of over 100 in the Lord’s Test against India on Saturday.
India had reduced the hosts to 131-5 before Bairstow and Chris Woakes counter-attacked.
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5:00 pm – India’s lunch menu in the second Test
The Indian cricket baord has been uploading images of the lunch menu at Lord’s on all three days of the second Test.
Fans got to see what the team was served at the Home of Cricket, with Indian flavours in most dishes.
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11am – Build-up to day three of the second Test
With weather set fair at Lord’s in London, England could have a big day of first innings batting ahead as they look to put themselves in a strong position to win the second Test and go 2-0 up.
On Friday, India were bowled out for just 107 as James Anderson (5-20) led the England bowling attack and did most of the damage in swinging conditions in what has been a rain-interrupted Test so far.
The second Test at Lord’s is shaping up for a fine finale!
England‘s Chris Woakes hit his maiden Test century but Jonny Bairstow missed his by seven runs as the hosts finished the day on 357-6 for an overall lead of 250 against India.