Dimuth Karunaratne, Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019, Pat Cummins
Dimuth Karunaratne has been rushed to the hospital. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s southpaw opener Dimuth Karunaratne had to deal with a nasty blow to shoulder while facing Australia’s spearhead Pat Cummins. The left-hander was hit on the shoulder and then on to his neck after Pat Cummins bowled an accurate bouncer at him. Karunaratne could not get away from the line of the ball and fell down on the pitch.

Subsequently, he was attended by the Sri Lanka physio before he was put on a stretcher. In fact, the good news is that Dimuth Karunaratne didn’t lose his consciousness after getting hit and he was seen talking to the medical staff while lying down on the pitch.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo credit – GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

It was a nasty blow.

However, Dimuth Karunaratne has been rushed to the hospital. In fact, the Sri Lankan manager and Karunaratne’s father, as well as his sister, have also gone to the hospital. Sri Lankan openers Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne added 90 runs for the opening stand after Australia posted a gargantuan total of 534 runs in the first innings.

“Dimuth Karunaratne has been taken to hospital after he was hit in the neck. He was taken off on a stretcher but didn’t lose consciousness. The team manager went with him in the ambulance. His father, who was understandably distressed & his sister have gone in a separate car,” a Fox cricket journalist confirmed on his Twitter account.

Dimuth Karunaratne, Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019, Pat Cummins
Dimuth Karunaratne has been rushed to the hospital. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka is once again on the backfoot.

Meanwhile, the visitors have lost two quick wickets after Karunaratne had to retire hurt. Thirimanne was done by Nathan Lyon whereas Pat Cummins was able to hit the top of off-stump of Kusal Mendis’ stumps.

Australia had three centurions in the first innings with Joe Burns, Travis Head and Kurtis Patterson ending the drought. The hosts already lead the two-match series by 1-0. Australia had won the first Test match by an innings and 40 runs.

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