While Sri Lanka are yet to recover from the blow received by Dimuth Karunaratne, Kane Richardson gave them another reason to worry about by hitting Kusal Perera with another ferocious bouncer. On the second day of the game, a bouncer from Cummins hat hit Karunaratne on the back of his head.
He was batting on 46 when he tried to duck out of the way of a pacy short-pitched delivery from Cummins. However, the ball did not rise as much as Karunaratne was expecting and it ended up hitting him. At first, it looked like Karunaratne had been struck on the right shoulder but replays confirmed that it had struck him on the back of the neck, right under the helmet.
He lost grip on his bat and fell down on the ground as soon as the ball hit him. He received treatment for about 15 minutes on the ground before being stretchered off the field and taken to hospital. Fortunately, everything came fine after assessments and Karunaratne was cleared to bat.
On the third day of the ongoing game in Canberra, the Islanders received another blow when Richardson rocked Perera with another short delivery. Perera suffered the blow after turning his head to a Richardson bouncer that clattered into his helmet and sent its stem guard of pieces flying. But unlike Karunaratne, Perera remained on his feet before receiving medical treatment.
However, facing up to four more balls from Richardson and another check by the medicos between overs, Perera left the field from the non-striker’s end three balls into the following over. He departed on 29 with the scoreboard reading 157 for 3 in reply to Australia’s 534 for 5 (declared).
Here is a clip of that incident:
WHACK! The Sri Lankan batsmen have copped another knock to the head after this Jhye Richardson bullet crashed into Kusal Perera. The batsman is thankfully OK.
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— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) February 3, 2019