Niroshan Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella. Image Credits: Twitter

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Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was puzzled by Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella’s move on Indian batter Mayank Agarwal’s dismissal on the first day of the pink-ball Test at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat first after winning the toss as he opened the innings with Mayank, however, the openers were separated in the early overs before the partnership could flourish.

IND vs SL: Mayank Agarwal’s controversial run-out

Vishwa Fernando bowled a nip-backer that struck the Karnataka batter on his pads and the Sri Lankan fielders appealed for LBW. The on-field umpire turned down the decision as Mayank attempted to take a single but Rohit refused to take the risk and sent him back.

Before Mayank could make his way back in the crease, Jayawickrama ran around from point and threw the ball to Dickwella who dislodged the stumps. However, Sri Lankan players were also interested to review the LBW decision via DRS. Dickwella was seen convincing skipper Dimuth Karunaratne to go for the DRS.

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Interestingly, Fernando had overstepped while bowling that delivery to Mayank but the umpire sent the run-out decision to the third umpire and the batter was given out as run-outs can be the only possibility of dismissals in a no-ball situation.

IND vs SL: Watch – Mayank Agarwal's Unfortunate Run-out On A No-ball In The 2nd Test In Bengaluru
IND vs SL: Watch – Mayank Agarwal’s Unfortunate Run-out On A No-ball In The 2nd Test In Bengaluru

Why Niroshan Dickwella was asking for a review is beyond understanding: Sunil Gavaskar

During his discussion with former Sri Lanka player Russell Arnold and veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle on-air, Gavaskar said Dickwella thinking to review the LBW was beyond his understanding.

“Why Dickwella was asking for a review before removing the bails is beyond understanding,” Gavaskar said while doing commentary for the official broadcasters. 

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credits: Twitter

“The reason for this (the confusion between Mayank and Rohit) is Sri Lanka’s unusual field placement,” Russell Arnold. “Russell makes a valid point. The striker may not have seen the point fielder sneaking in,” Harsha Bhogle responded. 

India were bowled out at 252 after Shreyas Iyer’s 92 pushed them to a sizeable total on the first day of the pink-ball day-night affair. Sri Lanka were reduced to 86/6 with Niroshan Dickwella (13) and Lasith Embuldeniya (0) batting for the visitors.

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