Lankan youngster Nissanka suffers severe head blow, taken to hospital
The second day of the first warm-up match between England and Sri Lanka Board President XI was halted when young Lankan cricketer Pathum Nissanka has been badly hit in the head. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মাথায় বলের আঘাতে হাসপাতালে লঙ্কান ক্রিকেটার]
Nissanka was taken to hospital after the nasty blow – the shot was a powerful pull from English batsman Jos Buttler. The match is taking place at the Nondescripts Cricket Club field.
The incident happened at the 56th over of England’s innings; one of off-spinner Nishan Peiris’ deliveries was strongly pulled by Buttler, who was batting at 44 at that time. The ball directly hit in the head of Nissanka who was fielding at short leg.
Nissanka, 20, fell to the ground immediately and anxious mates from both sides rushed to him as it was clear that the fiercely struck pull by Buttler had hit the fielder with considerable force.
Three England staff – doctor Moiz Moghal, physio Craig de Weymarn and massage therapist Mark Saxby – rushed onto the field along with the Sri Lankan doctor; Nissanka was treated for at least fifteen minutes on field by all the medics but as situation seemed grave enough, he was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
Umpires called an early tea on the second day.
Nissanka was reported to be conscious as he was taken to hospital, with England’s medical staff believing the injury to be to his neck following the impact of the ball from one of the hardest hitters in the game on top of his head.
England were 220 for four at tea – Buttler was caught out during the Nissanka incident – in response to the Board XI’s 392 for nine declared.