Mark Wood’s jaffa: The Sri Lankan captain was fortunate enough to survive against English speedster’s unplayable delivery.
During the first ODI of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of England in Chester-le-Street, Sri Lanka captain Kusal Perera barely survived against a jaffa of a delivery bowled by England speedster Mark Wood.
Jaffa, which is a term used for unplayable deliveries in cricket, could have easily had the left-handed batsman had he not been lucky at the Riverside Ground today.
It all happened on the last delivery of the 13th over when Perera played all round a delivery which deserved much more respect from the batsman.
Bowling from round the wicket, Wood pitched the ball on the middle-stump and subsequently made it to straighten and leave the batsman. In addition to missing the edge of Perera’s bat, the ball also narrowly missed hitting the top of off-stump. Unlucky to not have picked a wicket in his first four-over spell, Wood gave away just 10 runs to not let the Sri Lankan batsmen score easily against him.
Leading from the front, Perera scored a much-needed 15th ODI half-century for his team in a match where the his team is playing with as less as three specialist batsmen after the suspensions of Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka.
Readers must note that Perera and Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanidu Hasaranga are about to complete a 100-run partnership for the fourth wicket helping their team to post a competitive total after being asked to bat first by England captain Eoin Morgan.
Kusal Perera barely survives against Mark Wood’s jaffa in 1st ODI
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