Mendis on the mend for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka hope spinner Ajantha Mendis can be fit for the opening World Twenty20 Super Eight match with New Zealand on Thursday after he returned to the nets following a side strain.

Mendis on the mend for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis runs out Australia's Steve O'Keefe during their second Twenty20 cricket match in Kandy

He suffered the injury during the hosts' opening win against Zimbabwe last week and was left out of the rain-curtailed group defeat against South Africa on Saturday.

"We took an MRI scan on his left side and it showed a slight tear," Sri Lanka manager Charith Senanayake said.

"Mendis bowled a few overs at the nets today, but we will monitor him carefully and take a call whether he is fit enough to play against New Zealand."

Mendis returned Twenty20 record figures of six wickets for eight runs against Zimbabwe before going off the field.

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