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World T20: Sri Lanka’s Achini Kulasuriya survives serious injury scare after nasty knock

Achini Kulasuriya's head injury occurred in the warm-up match's second practice super-over after South Africa had registered a 41-run victory over Sri Lanka.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 16, 2020 3:55:49 pm
Achini Kulasuriya being wheeled off the ground. (Source: cricket.com.au)

Sri Lankan cricket fans can heave a sigh of relief after pacer Achini Kulasuriya was cleared of a serious injury scare when she was hit on her head while attempting a catch against South Africa in Adelaide on Sunday.

The untoward incident occurred during Lanka’s upcoming T20 World Cup’s warm-up match, which South Africa won by 41 runs. The 29-year-old was hit on the top of her skull from Proteas’ Chloe Tryon’s shot near long-off. After being hit, she lied face down on the ground as her teammates rushed to her to help.

Kulasuriya remained motionless for a while. After being nursed by ambulance officers, she was wheeled from the ground and transferred to the nearby Royal Adelaide Hospital for further tests.

A Sri Lanka team spokesman later told cricket.com.au that Kulasuriya had been responsive and she was discharged from hospital in the afternoon.

Physios checking the condition of Achini Kulasuriya. (Source: Twitter)

The mishap happened in the first ball of the game’s second super-over, which had taken place purely as a practice measure after South Africa had restricted their opponents to 105 in their chase of the target of 147. Marizanne Kapp top-scored for Proteas with a 44-ball 44.

Sri Lanka’s opening match of the T20 World Cup, which starts on February 21, is against New Zealand at the WACA Ground in Perth next Saturday.

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