Watch: Bairstow sweeps Mendis over the ropes; red ball turns white as it fell down
England batsman Jonny Bairstow made the headlines for two different reasons during the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium. The right-handed batsman fell prey to Niroshan Dickwella’s IPL-related sledge in the first innings.
Dickwell took an ugly dig at the English man right from behind the stumps and said that Bairstow has been dropped for the first two Tests in the away series against India. He further added that Bairstow plays the lucrative Indian Premier League only for the sake of money.
It is a well-known fact that Bairstow has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. Moreover, the England team management rested the batsman for the first two Tests against India. However, Bairstow lost his focus while batting and just a ball later, he threw away his wicket off Embuldeniya’s bowling.
Bairstow hits a six; red ball turns white
With an aim to protect the fortress, Sri Lanka started the game quite well by posting 381 in the first innings. Angelo Matthews was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 110 while Dickwella scored 92 to his name. England scored 344 in the first innings with the help of Joe Root’s 186.
Instead of extending the lead to a great extent, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 126. They set a target of 164 for the visitors. England chased down the target on Day 4 by 6 wickets. During the run-chase, Bairstow provided perfect entertainment as he scored runs at a quicker pace.
During the gameplay, the right-handed batsman hit the six off Ramesh Mendis bowling as the ball sailed over the ropes for a six. As it turned out the ball went into the bucket of whitewash as the red ball turned white. The video is doing the rounds on social media platforms.
Watch the video below:
Joe Root was named the man of the match and the man of the series. “It was a fine performance to come out on top after having lost the toss. We had the worst part of the wicket for the most part and that speaks of the guys’ determination. From Sibley and Buttler, to see us home was a brilliant way to finish the series.
We wanted to create some chaos with the ball and make it difficult for them to score boundaries, and we’re glad we did that. There were certainly some difficult balls to deal with. But what I am proud of is how calm we were in the chase. Credit to the bowlers as well to make it difficult for them. We are on an upward curve as a team.
To do well with very little preparation has been very pleasing. In four more Tests in these conditions, there will be different pitches and different conditions, but we need to keep moving forward. We want to improve in all departments, that’s what we are chasing.
We want to get more consistent, and we have made some strides forward in these two matches and just want to keep doing that. It is always hard to look past this win as my best, a lot of good things to take forward,” Root said at the post-match presentation.