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Watch: Why absent-minded Sri Lanka batsman handed five run penalty


Struck by a bizarre rule of the game, Roshen Silva, the Sri Lankan batsman has been slapped with a five run penalty for a simple error.

Silva was abducted by the umpires for deliberately not grounding his bat while attempting a run.

The occurrence took place during the first ball of the 85th over of Sri Lanka’s innings in the ongoing second Test between England and Sri Lanka.

Silva, who was batting on 59 at that time, punched a short ball from Jack Leach down to third man; he assumed the ball was going to cross the boundary rope and did not ground his at the non-striker’s end.

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Moeen Ali who was fielding at the third man, dived and successfully stop the ball inside the boundary rope. Silva watched that and went back to the striker’s crease without making any attempt to ground the bat at the other end.

According to the jurisdiction of on-field umpires, Sri Lanka were handed five run penalty. England’s first innings, meanwhile, happily gone from 285 to 290 all out.

The decision was made in accordance with the Law 18.5 of the MCC stating “if either umpire considers that one or both batsmen deliberately ran short at that umpire’s end, the umpire concerned shall, when the ball is dead, call and signal Short run and inform the other umpire of what has occurred.”

MCC Law 18.5 – Deliberate short runs

18.5.1 If either umpire considers that one or both batsmen deliberately ran short at that umpire’s end, the umpire concerned shall, when the ball is dead, call and signal Short run and inform the other umpire of what has occurred and apply 18.5.2.

18.5.2 The bowler’s end umpire shall

– disallow all runs to the batting side

– return any not out batsman to his/her original end

– signal No ball or Wide to the scorers, if applicable

– award 5 Penalty runs to the fielding side

– award any other 5-run Penalty that is applicable except for Penalty runs under Law 28.3 (Protective helmets belonging to the fielding side)

– inform the scorers as to the number of runs to be recorded

– inform the captain of the fielding side and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of the reason for this action.

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