Lasith Malinga will fly home for his mother-in-law’s funeral after Sri Lanka’s World Cup match against Bangladesh on Tuesday but the team are confident he will be back to face Australia at The Oval on Saturday.

Malinga has had a mixed World Cup so far.

After Sri Lanka faced a massive 10-wicket defeat at the hands of New Zealand, they managed to win their next match against Afghanistan by 34 runs. Malinga shined in the match as he took three wickets in the match and gave away just 39 runs from his 6.4 over.

However, their third match against Pakistan was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said the physio says he needs about a week
to recover.