Sri Lanka opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, on Saturday, was stretchered off after being struck on the neck by a straight bouncer from Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins on Saturday. The incident took place on Day 2 of the second Test when the left-handed batsman was batting on 46 in the second session. Initially, it looked Karunartne was struck on the right shoulder as he attempted to duck the bouncer. But the replays confirmed later, that he was hit, on the back of the net, right under the helmet.
The batsman immediately fell to the ground and lay motionless as the paramedics ran in. The cricketer was treated on the ground for about 15 minutes, after which the substitute fielder Roshen Silva helped him in taking his gloves, pads, and helmet off.
The paramedics called for a backup and the medics arrived at the stadium. After about 20 minutes, the medical staff and medicab loaded him on the gurney and placed him in the cab to take the batsman to a hospital for further evaluation.
The player was seen moving his hands and communicating briefly with the paramedics while they conducted tests on him. He was then driven off as the crowd at the Manuka Oval broke into relieved applause.
The Australian team hung around in the back when Karunaratne was receiving treatment, seamer Cummins came to give him a pat on the knee, while he was being stretchered off.
According to an official update from Cricket Australia, “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.”
Cummins relieved Karunaratne conscious after blow
Australian seamer Pat Cummins breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that Dimuth Karunaratne was recovering and is no longer in danger. Speaking at the end of the day’s play, Cummins said, “It’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that. The good thing was he looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed all right when he left. I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing all right. You never like seeing that. It’s just one of those things that happens in cricket. Whether its your team mate, another team mate, you just hope they’re OK.”
The Sri Lanka cricket later in the day confirmed that the batsman had been discharged from the hospital. “Dimuth has been discharged from Canberra hospital following assessment and all cleared. A further update will be provided on his playing status tomorrow prior to play,” the statement said.
Karunaratne was forced to retire hurt on 46. The incident rattled the Sri Lanka batting as the visitors went from 90 without loss to 120-3. Sri Lanka reached 123/3 at stumps and trail Australia by 411 runs. Kusal Perera is unbeaten on 11 and Dhananjaya de Silva on one will resume the innings on Sunday.