Confused Sri Lankans celebrate way too early as Suryakumar Yadav earns comic reprieve

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Jul 23, 12:28 PM

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Confusion among the fielding Sri Lankans and the batsman Suryakumar Yadav created chaos in the 23rd over of the third ODI between the sides. Suryakumar was beaten by a delivery from Praveen Jayawickrama while attempting to sweep and the umpire Kumar Dharmsena adjudged him lbw out. 

After having a brief discussion with his batting partner Manish Pandey, Suryakumar opted to challenge the on-field decision. The third umpire Raveendra Wimalasiri found the impact of the ball outside of the line of the off-stump and also more than 2.4 metres from the batting crease.

The Sri Lankan side failed to see through the impact call on the ball tracker and started celebrating the dismissal of the batsman as Suryakumae too started to walk off the ground.

However, just in nick of time, umpire Wimalasiri informed umpire Dharmsena of his conclusion and recommended him to reverse the decision. A befuddled Dharmsena could not make a sense of the situation and stopped the batsman from going to the pavilion.

Just after the end of that action-packed over from Jayawickrama, the clouds opened up and it started pouring in Colombo.

Earlier, India won the toss and batted first after making as many as six changes in the playing XI that included five debutants. Navdeep Saini returned to the ODI squad while Chetan Sakariya, Nitish Rana, Rahul Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Sanju Samson, who had injured his knee to miss out of the first two ODIs, made their ODI debut at the R Premadasa Stadium.

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