Watch: Bavuma walks off field despite being not out
Sri Lanka are in South Africa to play the two-match Test series. The first match is currently being played at Supersport Park in Centurion. The visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first.
The hosts posted 621 in the first innings. The opening 141-run stand between Dean Elgar and Markram set the tone for the hosts to score more runs. Elgar missed out on scoring a good century by just 5 runs while Markram scored 68.
South Africa’s talisman batsman Faf du Plessis was the pick of the batsmen. He scored a staggering 199 and missed out on scoring a double century by a run. He struck as many as 24 fours in his long knock.
Bavuma scored 71 while Maharaj scored 73 runs to his name. Wanindu Hasaranga was the top bowler for Sri Lanka as he picked up 4 wickets. Viswa Fernando picked up 3 wickets while Shanaka took 2 wickets to his name.
Bavuma departs despite being not out:
Temba Bavuma batted really well alongside his former captain Faf du Plessis. The duo added a vital 179-run stand for the fifth wicket before Sri Lanka bowler Shanaka dismissed Bavuma.
The right-handed batsman was en route to scoring a brilliant century but shockingly walked off the field on 71 despite being not out. During the 4th ball of the 91st over, the right-arm fast bowler pitched slightly towards off stump.
Bavuma attempted to play a shot but ended up missing it completely. Shanaka and Dickwella weren’t fully convinced but made a half-hearted appeal. Even before the on-field umpire gave a judgement, Bavuma simply walked off the field.
The replay on the screen showed that the ball was nowhere close to touching Bavuma. Even the ultra edge technology showed there was clearly no nick. South African bowling coach Charles Langeveldt who watched the dismissal from the dressing room couldn’t believe what really had happened.
Watch the video below:
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In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 396. Dinesh Chandimal was the top batsman for the visitors as he scored 85. Dhananjaya de Silva scored 79 while Dickwella scored 49. Shanaka who took 2 wickets to his name, scored an unbeaten 66 to his name.
The hosts enforced a follow-on and Sri Lanka started second innings with lack of confidence. Proteas pacer Lungi Ngidi was quite clinical at the start as he dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis for 6 and 0 respectively.
The visitors ended the Day 3 with 65/2 and are still trailing by 160 runs. It is going to be a huge challenge for Sri Lanka to turn things around.