Dimuth Karunaratne survives as bails refuse to fall off despite ball hitting the stumps during New Zealand vs Sri Lanka match at Cardiff
The ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup is just not failing to amaze us. It was Quinton de Kock during the opening match of the tournament, and it is the Sri Lanka skipper- Dimuth Karunaratne now, during the ongoing match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
While the Cricketing fraternity hasn’t yet gotten over praising the unbelievable catch grabbed by Ben Stokes the other day, we have now yet again witnessed a strange case of the stubborn bails refusing to get off its groove- the second one in 3 days.
What exactly happened?
It all happened in the 4th delivery of the 6th over. Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne was up against the left-arm Kiwi pacer Trent Boult. Karunaratne was looking to cut a short delivery by Boult. The delivery was however, too close to his body to play the cut, as the batsman was cramped for room.
At the point of no-return, Karunaratne ultimately got an under-edge to the ball which at hindsight seemed to have just missed the off-stump. But as the replay surfaced in, the commentators, as all the viewers just couldn’t believe their eyes, as the ball had hit quite a share of the of the off-stump, but only for it to adamantly stay back in its groove. Karunaratne must have really visited a church prior the match for having been so lucky out there!
Earlier, however, New Zealand had opted to field first after winning the toss. New Zealand have surprisingly decided to play Matt Henry instead of the experienced Tim Southee in their Playing 11. At the time of writing, Sri Lanka were struggling at 97/6 after 21 overs.
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What is going on with the stumps and bails at this World Cup??? ⤵️
— Kevin Carpenter (@KevSportsLaw) June 1, 2019
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