A nasty incident occurred during the second day of the first warm-up match as fielder Pathum Nissanka sustained a head injury after getting hit by a pull shot from Jos Buttler.
Meanwhile, Nissanka had to rush to the hospital following immediate assistance from the sidelines. The event occurred at the start of the 56th over of England’s innings. Off-spinner Nishan Peiris dropped a short delivery to Buttler, who was batting on 44 at the time. He struck it powerfully at Nissanka, who was standing at short leg, wearing a helmet.
Nissanka bowed his head as he braced for the impact. Soon after that, Nissanka went to the ground, with Buttler, his batting partner, Joe Root, and the rest of the Sri Lankan fielders worried bystanders. The Sri Lankan team physio came on, along with a trio from England’s medical team: team doctor Moiz Moghal, physio Craig De Wyman and masseuse Mark Saxby. Nissanka was put in a neck brace and remained on the floor until a stretcher was brought out.
The delay in play took England to tea at 220 for four as Jos Buttler got out for 44. Play resumed at 14:57 local time with England due to bat until the close of play regardless of wickets loss.
Previously, Ben Stokes retired hurt after getting hit above his left-elbow off a short pitch delivery from Lahiru Kumara. While there was only bruising, he was given precautionary treatment and is likely to bat again.