Another Sri Lankan Batsman Has Been Hit With A Bouncer And Gone Off Hurt
Kusal Perera has retired hurt after being been hit in the head by a savage bouncer, the second Sri Lankan batsman to leave the field after a nasty blow.
Perera was facing off against Australian paceman Jhye Richardson, with his team at 3-155 chasing a mammoth 534 set by the hosts.
Richardson speared a delivery into the pitch and it skewed up at a wicked angle, slamming right into the front of Perera's helmet and knocking a piece of the protective gear flying.
He stoically stayed on his feet and tried to walk it off, with Richardson and other Australian fielders rushing to check on him. Perera waved it off and continued batting, after a medical check, but just a few overs later he called time on his innings.
The official scorecard denoted that Perera had retired hurt, with 29 runs from 57 balls.
The worrying incident came less than a day after fellow Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was also hit hard by a bouncer, bowled by Pat Cummins.
In a twist, Karunaratne actually replaced Perera at the crease when he came from the field, returning from retiring hurt.
Karunaratne was taken from the ground in an ambulance after being struck in the 31st over of the game on Saturday.
The Australian team went to his aid and removed his helmet. Sri Lankan players and staff were forced to stand on the sidelines and watch at their injured teammate.
For nearly ten minutes, medical staff treated Karunaratne on the ground, stabalising his neck and performing concussion checks.
"You never like seeing that," Aussie bowler Kurtis Patterson said on Saturday of Karunaratne's injury.
"You want your fast bowlers to obviously be aggressive and try and set them up to get the nick.
"But you never like it when players go down like that."
"All of us were in a bit of shock but I think everyone is OK, which is good."
The batsman later thanked players and fans in a tweet, saying he would return to the game -- which he has now done.
Karunaratne is currently still at the crease. Sri Lankan officials said Perera will undergo concussion checks.