No danger at the moment for Karunaratne

Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Dimuth Karunaratne is in good spirits now and he is nowhere near the danger now after a nasty blow to the neck.

Karunaratne at hospital

Sri Lanka had a tragedic day at Canberra in the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia as the Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne was stretchered off the field after getting a hit on his neck.

The Lankan opener tried to bow down for a bouncer from Pat Cummins but he failed to come down enough and the ball hit hard on his helmets. Immediately he fell down and lost his balance.

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He was attended by both the medical staffs from Australia and Sri Lanka. After a long treatment on the ground, he had to stretcher off the field.  Karunaratne was shown speaking and moving his hands while the emergency cab was called to the field. Local medical support then helped the 30-year-old on to the stretcher before being carted off to the applause of the crowd.

At the end of day’s play, Sri Lankan head coach Chandika Hathurusingha gave a piece of positive news on the opener as he is in good spirits. “He’s in the hospital at the moment and in good spirits,” said Hathurusingha. “No danger at the moment. He was talking to us before he was leaving as well.

It was a bit scary at the start the way he falls back initially but he was OK. Throughout he was talking to the umpires and the physio. [He was] hit on the back of the neck so he’s being assessed at the moment.”

The bowler Pat Cummins also wished for a speedy recovery to the Lankan opener. “Obviously it’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that,” Cummins told Fox Cricket. “The good thing was it looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed alright when he left. I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing alright.”

Patterson, a centurion for Australia on day two, added: “I’m hoping he’s OK. Hoping he can come out and bat again tomorrow [Sunday]. All of us were in a bit of shock but I think everyone is OK, which is good.”

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