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[Watch] Angelo Mathews Gets Hit-Wicket Out On A Nothing Ball After Milestone Hundred Vs AFG

image-ls63as04Angelo Mathews scored his 16th Test ton (Twitter)

In a rather dismal end to Day 2 of the one-off Test match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the SSC ground, veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews's magnificent innings ended in an unfortunate manner as he got hit wicket after scoring a splendid 141 off 259 deliveries.

SL vs AFG: Angelo Mathews' century knock ended in hit wicket heartbreak

Angelo Mathews, who was at the heart of Sri Lanka's commanding position in the game, had played an instrumental role in steering his team to a strong total of 410/6, thereby establishing a significant lead of 212 runs over Afghanistan's first-innings score of 198.

The veteran all-rounder, who walked in following the departure of Kusal Mendis, initially steadied the innings alongside Dimuth Karunaratne and later, in a showcase of experience and skill, formed a formidable 200-plus run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal.

Both batters notched up centuries, marking a crucial recovery for the hosts after a shaky start to the day. Mathews's century, his 16th in Test cricket and his seventh at home, came off 175 balls, featuring eight boundaries and two sixes.

However, the highlight of the day was the manner in which Mathews's innings came to an end. Facing Afghan bowler Qais Ahmed, Mathews attempted to pull a wayward short delivery down the leg side. Despite connecting well and sending the ball through backward square leg, the all-rounder lost control of his bat swing, ultimately striking the stumps with his bat. This hit-wicket dismissal brought an end to his remarkable innings and marked the last action of the day.

Watch: Angelo Mathews hit wicket video

This innings not only contributed significantly to Sri Lanka's dominant position in the match but also saw Mathews cross the 7,500-run mark in Test cricket. With 16 hundreds and 40 fifties to his name, he stands as the third-highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game, trailing only behind legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Additionally, Mathews's knock helped him reach 4,000 Test runs at home, making him the fourth Sri Lankan batter to achieve this milestone, joining the elite company of Jayawardene, Sangakkara, and Sanath Jayasuriya.