Sam Curran finds Kusal Perera plumb: The English all-rounder picked as many as three wickets in his first spell at The Oval.
During the second ODI of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of England at The Oval, England all-rounder Sam Curran ran through the Sri Lankan top-order picking bowling figures of 4-0-19-3 in his first spell.
Sharing the new ball with David Willey, Curran justified captain Eoin Morgan’s ploy of opening the bowling with two left-arm pacers. It was only on the second delivery that Curran bowled that he found Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera (0) plumb in front of the stumps.
Perera, who was the pick of the Sri Lankan batsmen in the first ODI in Chester-le-Street, opted for a review in desperation but ended up losing it as the ball was clearly hitting the stumps. Wicket-less and expensive on Tuesday, Curran put on display a “celebappeal” after making early inroads into the Sri Lankan batting lineup at The Oval today.
Readers must note that “celebappeal” is a casual term used for a bowler who celebrates midway through his appeal. After dismissing Perera, Curran was seen indulging in a celebration without even turning back to see the umpire’s decision. It is worth mentioning that veteran England pacer Stuart Broad is known for him putting on display a celebappeal in international cricket on a regular basis.
In the same over, Curran dismissed Avishka Fernando (2) as the right-hand batsman planted his front foot way too across against an in-swinging delivery.
It was in Curran’s second over that he castled Sri Lanka opening batsman Pathum Nissanka (5) to reduce the visitors to 12/3 after Morgan invited them in to bat first.
Sam Curran finds Kusal Perera plumb in front of stumps in 2nd ODI
1 x @CurranSM celebappeal 🙌
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 1, 2021
Twitter reactions on Sam Curran:
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 1, 2021
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) July 1, 2021
Sam Curran came into this match with seven wickets in 9 ODIs. He has added three more in nine balls today.
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) July 1, 2021
Sam Curran is the first ever bowler to dismiss each of No.1-3 batters for five or less runs in a men’s ODI innings, without the help of any fielder.
Pathum Nissanka — b Curran 5
Kusal Perera — lbw b Curran 0
Avishka Fernando — lbw b Curran 2#ENGvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 1, 2021
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