Video: Hasaranga plays unorthodox inside out shot
Cricket fraternity has seen a plethora of shots played by cricketers of respective teams. But not all the shots steal the spotlight barring the creative shots that are out of the box. During the opening T20I match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Wanindu Hasaranga played an unorthodox inside out shot off West Indies death over specialist Dwayne Bravo which became viral on the internet now.
The shot was witnessed in the 15th over of the Sri Lankan innings when Dwayne Bravo was keen to keep the Sri Lankan batsmen in check. It was then he bowled a pinpoint yorker on his first ball but Hasaranga had other ideas as he made room for himself in order to find a boundary.
Bravo tried to outsmart Hasaranga by following the movement of the batsman at the striker’s end but Hasaranga came up with a shocking shot over covers for a quick single. After the incident, both Bravo and Hasaranga exchanged smiles. Hasaranga’s smart play against Bravo has now become a viral meme on the social media platform. Hasaranga chipped in with 44 off 34 balls for his team in the 1st T20I at Pallekele.
Despite the fact that Hasaranga turned out to be a crowd-puller for The Islanders, his batting exploits went in vain as the Caribbeans took the first lead in the T20I series with a 25-run win. Oshane Thomas bagged a fifer and gave away 28 runs to ensure Sri Lanka finish 25 runs short of the winning total.
Batting first in the first T20I, Lendl Simmons top-scored for the team with 67 off 51 balls and Andre Russell scored 35 off 14 and laid the solid foundation of a matching total for the Windies.