In the ongoing Sri Lanka vs England cricket match held in Colombo on Wednesday, the home side’s right-handed batsman Pathum Nissanka suffered a horror injury-scare. A ball struck from England’s batsman Jos Buttler, who was on the crease with skipper Joe Root hit Nissanka in the head. The blow left him on the ground with what seemed like a severe injury to his head. Also Read - England Test Captain Joe Root Feels Saliva Ban Will Lead to More Improved Skills For Bowlers
The incident was a satirical one as well- after the ball hit Nissanka, it deflected off for a catch by Angelo Mathews pertaining to which Buttler was dismissed for 44. Also Read - England Test Captain Joe Root Feels Standard of Cricket Shouldn't be Compromised After COVID-19 Pandemic
However, the injury had left everyone on the pitch and the spectators anxious, and the medical team including England doctor Moiz Moghal, physio Craig de Weymarn, and massage therapist Mark Saxby took charge of the situation. Also Read - I've Been Called Ellen DeGeneres on a Number of Occasions: Joe Root
After inspection, Nissanka had to be stretchered off. It was reported that he was conscious at the time and taken to the hospital immediately, where the MRI scans revealed that he was out of any danger but will be kept for observations overnight.
The play which was held due to the incident resumed after an early tea break.
Sri Lankan head coach Avishka Gunawardene told ESPNcricinfo: ‘At the moment he’s stable and conscious – there’s nothing alarming. But they are just getting him into an MRI scan to make sure there’s no bleeding and that everything is ok’.
England’s tour of Sri Lanka comprises of 5 ODI’s, a T20 match and three test matches, already having won the limited overs format.