Ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, England cricket team got the massive blow, as their crucial all-rounder, Ben Stokes retired hurt after sustaining a blow from the fast bowler. The incident took place in the ongoing tour match between England and Sri Lanka’s Board President XI.
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Ben Stokes failed to put his willow on the short ball delivered by Lahiru Kumara. It hit him straight on the elbow thus asking him to retire out in the middle of the innings. It is expected the hurt was a bit hard, as he was seen yelling in pain.
Sky Sports, in their tweet, quoted saying ”Ben Stokes retires hurt after being struck on the arm during England’s tour match against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.”
“Ben Stokes has gone off – injured, we presume – having been hit on the elbow by a short ball from Kumara. He was through the shot too early. Hard to say re severity. I expect it’s not. But probably pretty sore,” a notable ESPN Cricinfo specialist quoted.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 31, 2018
Ben Stokes has gone off – injured, we presume – having been hit on the elbow by a short ball from Kumara.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) October 31, 2018
Match in Progress:
Initially, it was Sri Lanka, who won the toss and asked the visitors to roll their arms first. Justifying the toss decision, Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva batted sensibly to get the decent start for the team.
After a decent 99-run partnership, Kaushal Silva was asked to retire out while James Anderson bagged the wicket of Tharanga. Meanwhile, Samarawickrama also knocked a brilliant half-century to his name.
After scoring 392 on the board, Sri Lanka declared their innings to take the field. In reply, Rory Burns got off to a decent start but was unfortunate to be run out. Jennings poor form continued, as he scored just 13 runs before return back to pavilion.