NEW ZEALAND’S TRENT BOULT ENDED UP MESSING HIS SWEEP SHOT ATTEMPT AS LASITH EMBULDENIYA’S DELIVERY SAW THE BALL GET STUCK IN HIS HELMET GRILL DURING THE FIRST TEST AGAINST SRI LANKA.
In a moment of madness during the ongoing first Test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the Galle International Stadium, Trent Boult ended up with the ball getting stuck in his helmet after he attempted to play a sweep shot. The incident happened in the 82nd over of the match when the left-hander was batting out in the middle. He tried dispatching Lasith Embuldeniya for a boundary but misjudged the length as the ball stuck in the grille of his helmet.
Sri Lankan players were moving around the ground in a bid to find the ball before realising that Boult had it in his helmet. Even the Kiwi southpaw failed to realise where the ball was. Sri Lankan players were left in splits after spotting the red cherry and the match resumed only after Boult was checked on by the umpires. ICC posted a picture of Boult on Twitter with the ball stuck between his helmet grill.
Boult was later dismissed by Suranga Lakmal after scoring 18 runs off 22 balls including a six. He managed to help New Zealand post a decent total in the first innings. Ross Taylor was the top-scorer for the visitors with a brilliant knock of 86 runs off 132 balls. He added a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls (42).
Sri Lanka riding on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (53) and Angelo Mathews (50), posted 227/7 on the board at stumps on Day 2 of the Test match. Niroshan Dickwella (39), Suranga Lakmal (28) will be looking to start from where they left on Day 3. Sri Lanka are currently trailing by 22 runs in the game and will be hopeful of ascertaining a lead over the visitors. Ajaz Patel was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he picked up a five-wicket haul to finish Day 2 with figures of 5/76 in his 29 overs.