Joe Root run out: The English captain was at the receiving end of an unusual dismissal in a tense chase at the Galle International Stadium.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing England’s tour of Sri Lanka in Galle, England captain Joe Root couldn’t replicate his first innings heroics in what has turned out to be a tense 74-run chase.
Coming on the back of his maiden Test double century in Asia, Root became victim of an unfortunate dismissal which reduced the visitors to 14/3 at the Galle International Stadium.
It all happened on the last delivery of the sixth over when England batsman Jonny Bairstow dabbed a Dilruwan Perera delivery on the off-side and immediately called for a quick single.
In what was an unnecessary run in the first place, Root’s unintentional collision with Perera led to his dismissal. It was Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella who had picked the ball and registered a direct-hit at the non-striker’s end.
To add to Root’s woes, his bat getting stuck in the ground before crossing the crease ruled out all possibilities of him completing the run. The right-hand batsman walked back to the pavilion after scoring 1 (3).
Having scored 38/3 in 15 overs at stumps on Day 4 with Bairstow and debutant Dan Lawrence unbeaten at the crease, England require another 36 runs to secure a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Joe Root run out in Galle Test
ROOT RUN OUT! ☝
Disaster for England as Root is run out after colliding with the bowler! Sri Lanka in dreamland!
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 17, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 17, 2021
England 14-3 chasing 74.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 17, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2021
— Eddie Maylor (@Eddie_21001) January 17, 2021
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