Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella is fast making a name for himself with his hilarious non-stop chatter from behind the stumps. During the recently-concluded two-match Test series against England, he constantly tried to unsettle the England players with his verbal volleys. On Monday, he was up to his usual tricks as he tried to get under the skin of under-pressure England openers Dominic Sibley.
Sibley was batting on 47 and with the Sri Lankan bowlers failing to get rid of him, Niroshan Dickwella tried to disrupt the attention of the England opener. The Sri Lanka star asked the England opener: “Are you going to open in India?”. The question might have been a dig at Sibley’s poor performances on the spinning tracks of Sri Lanka.
While he scored an unbeaten fifty on Monday to help England recover from a shaky start and chase down 164, Sibley had performed poorly in the previous three innings. His scores in those three innings read – 4, 2 and 0 – as he got out to spinner Lasith Embuldeniya on all the occasions.
Coming to the incident, Sibley came up with a very honest answer as he told Niroshan Dickwella: “Don’t know. I haven’t had a very good series.”
Here is a clip of the incident:
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Talking about the second Test, England completed a thrilling victory on day four of the second Test to clean sweep the two-match series. Chasing 164, England were reeling at 89 for 4 at one stage on a turning pitch. But before Sri Lanka could make further inroads in the game, Sibley steadied the ship in the company of Jos Buttler.
The duo shared an unbeaten stand of 75 runs to take England home. Sibley remained unbeaten on 56 while Buttler scored 46. Earlier in the game, England bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 126 in the second innings. Dom Bess and Jack Leach took four wickets each to lay the foundation for the win. In the first innings, England had conceded a 37-run lead after being bowled out for 344 in reply to Sri Lanka’s total of 381.
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