AUSvsSL: Dimuth Karunaratne stretchered off after being struck on neck
Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was struck on the neck by a Pat Cummins delivery in the second match at Canberra. As a result, the player had to be stretchered off. He was retired hurt at 46 as Sri Lanka ended the day with scoreboard reading 123/3. Despite wearing a protective shield, the nasty delivery hit him and he collapsed on to the ground.
A rising ball clocked at 142 kph hit Karunaratne
Karunaratne was batting on 46 when the rising ball (clocked at 142 kph) hit him. The ball glanced off his shoulder and onto his helmet, which was close to the neck area. The batsman slumped to the ground after dropping his bat as Australian cricketers ran to assist. The medics team sprinted onto the ground and called for more help.
Ball seemed to have struck on the helmet's rear protection
Karunaratne was taken off the field on a golf buggy. According to a report in cricket.com.au, Karunaratne was seen speaking and moving his hands while the medi-cab arrived on the field. A report in ESPN stated that Karunaratne's helmet had rear attachments to shield his neck, but the ball struck the same which forced him to collapse backwards as he laid still.
The latest from Canberra
Update from Canberra: "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."— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019
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