After suffering a thigh strain on the morning of the second Test against the West Indies in Galle, Angelo Mathews’ role in the match could be severely limited. He was injured while running a single in Sri Lanka’s first innings, and he was forced to retire hurt at number 12 to receive additional treatment in the dressing room. After a break of little under eight overs, during which four Sri Lankan wickets fell, Mathews returned to bat. Mathews, who came in virtually at No. 10, only completed one limping single, preferring to stay in his crease and try to clobber boundaries. In the company of the tail, he blasted two straight sixes and a four before being the last batter to be bowled, scoring 29 of Sri Lanka’s 204 runs.

Mathews did not take the field as the West Indies came out to bat. He was supposed to bowl in this game, but it now appears improbable. He’ll be evaluated over the next 24 hours, but considering his history of hamstring, quad, and calf ailments, it’s possible he won’t play and will just bat if necessary. Since May, Mathews hasn’t played in an international series. He hit 3 and 69 not out in the first Test.

On the second morning in Galle, the West Indian strategy of bombarding Sri Lanka’s batters with left-arm spin paid off handsomely, as Jomel Warrican and Veerasammy Permaul combined for nine wickets, including a career-best 5 for 35 for the latter, to restrict the hosts to a first-innings total of 204. Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood, the West Indies openers, negotiated the four overs before lunch without incident. Pathum Nissanka’s 148-ball 73, along with Dimuth Karunaratne’s 42, was the highest score of the hosts’ innings. Angelo Mathews came in second with 29 runs.

Mathews was also the last man out, his stumps rattled by a left-arm spinner’s dismissal that drew him into forward defence before spinning sharply away to knock back middle stump – the quintessential left-arm spinner’s dismissal, and one that highlighted just how well the visiting spinners exploited an already accommodating Galle surface.