In an unfortunate incident, Sri Laka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit on the neck by a nasty bouncer from Australian fast-bowler Pat Cummins during the day two of the second Test between the two teams. Karunaratne was looking to leave a bouncer from Cummins, which was clocked at 142.5 km/h. However, the ball hit the opener between his shoulder and neck guard of a helmet. The batsman immediately lost balance and fell down. Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Live Score Updates.
The left-hander then received some medical attention near the pitch and was subsequently taken off the field on a stretcher. It is reported that fortunately Karunaratne never lost consciousness after being hit on the neck.
When Karunaratne was hit on the neck he had added 82 runs with Lahiru Thirimanne for the opening wicket. The 30-year-old was batting on 46. After Karunaratne was forced to retire hurt, Sri Lanka lost three wickets in quick succession and at the close of play on second were 123 for three with Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis back in the hutch.
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Earlier in the day, Australia declared their first innings after posting 534 for five. After the centuries by Joe Burns and Travis Head on the opening day of the Test, young Kurtis Patterson, playing in his second Test, scored a century as well. He finished unbeaten on 114 off 192 balls. Burns, who finished the day one unbeaten on 172, added just eight runs on day two before being dismissed by Kasun Rajitha.
Dimuth complained of pain in neck and tingling to his hands following being struck in the back of the neck, decision then made to transport him to hospital where he is currently being assessed. Updates will be provided when more is known.@FoxCricket
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Meanwhile, Karunaratne is being assessed in hospital and it is reported that he complained of pain in the neck and tingling to his hands. Karunaratne’s father and sister were also present at the ground and headed to the hospital were the batsmen in being treated.