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Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was given out in the most unusual fashion during the 1st ODI vs West Indies today after Kieron Pollard appealed for his wicket after his foot — seemingly unintentionally — pushed the ball away from the bowler.

During the 22nd over of the Sri Lanka innings, Gunathilaka, who had just reached his half-century, took a couple of steps out to take a single but then decided against it. When he moved to get back to his crease, he deflected the ball away from Pollard’s reach with the underside of his foot.

Pollard immediately appealed. The third umpire was called, with the soft signal being out. Replays did nothing but to show the moment in slow motion and the decision was upheld.

As the batsman walked back with a look of disbelief on his face, Sri Lanka coach Micky Arthur was seen furiously walking out of the dressing room and walking to the match referee’s room.

Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody was among those who thought the obstruction by the batsman was anything but willful. Even former West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy said he would not have appealed for the wicket.

Danushka Gunathilaka is the first Sri Lankan to be dismissed Obstructing the field (Law 37).

  Comments - 15

  • Da Silva Thursday, 11 March 2021 12:12 AM

    Come on we Sri Lankas are good at making jokes.

    Jude Thursday, 11 March 2021 12:43 AM

    Foget about that, I witness HOW Chandimal deliberately and purposely RUN OUT debutant Nissanka!! Pathum played well in T20 games, and Chandimal knows THESE guys are threat to his place in SL side !! This is worse than match-fixing !! Yeah!! Over to YOU Namal R.!!

    Jude Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:12 AM

    DON'T take my word!! Just Listen to commentators and analyst of Chandimal's TREACHEROUS act !! As per Ian Bishop "he sold his partner DOWN the river" huh, you CAN'T describe Chandimal's act any better than that!! I rest my CASE !!

    Jude Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:18 AM

    Hey Chandimal, that wasn't cricket!! That was clearly rivalry against own team-mate on display!! Live!! That's evil ! Huh!!

    ding ding dong Thursday, 11 March 2021 03:05 AM

    Sri Lanka’s Cricket, Economy and Human Rights, all are going same direction very fast.

    Brit Thursday, 11 March 2021 03:57 AM

    @ Jude, you always bash the Western countries. So why are you a big fan of a typical British ( colonial Commonwealth) game? Huh? Yeah?

    Ranjith Thursday, 11 March 2021 06:31 AM

    Looks like Jude hate Chandimal. May be he wants Dickwella back?

    Willow Thursday, 11 March 2021 06:50 AM

    Funny game, this cricket!

    Moorthy Badulla Thursday, 11 March 2021 07:05 AM

    After the running training for Sri Lankan cricketers,everyone trying to run for every delivery ends up with suicidal run outsssssss???

    dickie bird Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:27 AM

    Yes. Pathum Nissanka too is a Wicket Keeper / Batsman. Will that sum up? As for Danushka, he was retreating to the crease backwards. The ball was between is feet he did not know where the ball was. It was clear he was unsighted. Up to U those who watched the game.

    Colomba Kolla Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:29 AM

    Anyway, we lost the match. Please admit that and don't blame unnecessarily.

    SL Cricket Pissa Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:30 AM

    Our team selection is totally wrong. The right players are not given chances due to Political interference.

    Manoj Perera Thursday, 11 March 2021 10:33 AM

    Waste of talking about Sri Lankan Cricket, we have the currupted Cricketing Board. Must learn from other countries all of them are great cricketers.

    A.Rajakumar Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:07 PM

    Though Dhanushka Gunatileka was unlucky to have lost his wicket the way he did, I believe Kieron Pollard would have merely appealed on the spur of the moment, without meaning to be un-sporty. The referee could have disallowed the appeal as the incident was accidental. Whatever it was, the consolation would be, both Dhanushka and Kieron have been immortalized within the annals of cricket. Cricket lovely cricket, lets digest this and move on

    VJ Thursday, 11 March 2021 09:18 PM

    A fifty over game between India and Sri Lanka played in SL. India need one run for a win, Sevag on strike and is on 99. Suraj Randiv deliberately bowls a no ball on the instruction of Dilshan.


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