Watch: Karunaratne stretchered off the field after copped with a bouncer
Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was taken off the field after getting hit by a bouncer from Pat Cummins.
Sri Lanka are now on a short tour to Australia to play just two games of the longest version of the game. They had a terrible start to the series in the series opener at Gabba as they conceded an innings lost there.
Following the loss at Gabba, Brisbane, now they are sweating out in the second and final Test of the Test series at Canberra. But the challenging story for them remains the same in the second Test so far.
Australian skipper won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussies used the toss and home advantages really well and added 534 runs for the loss five wickets in their first innings. Three Aussie players scored tons in the likes of Joe Burns, Travis Head, and Kurtis Patterson.
In reply, Sri Lanka also got a solid start but unfortunately, they had to face a tragic situation on the field in the form of an injury to the left-handed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. The opener was off to a good start of 46 runs from 84 balls.
But unexpectedly the drama staged there. 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.
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.
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