India opener Mayank Agarwal was eliminated in strange circumstances on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. More than Mayank’s mix-up with captain Rohit Sharma, it was the antics of Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella that added to the confusion of events. Rather than take bail at the first opportunity when Mayank was miles from the fold, Dickwella insisted on making an assessment. After making the “T” gesture, he took off the stirrups to chase Mayank away. Commenting on the turn of events, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said Dickwella’s insistence on taking an assessment was “incomprehensible”.
It all happened in the second over of the morning session when Sri Lankan pacer Vishwa cheated Fernando Mayank with an in-dipper. The Sri Lankan players went up in a noisy roll call, but umpire Anil Chaudhary shook his head. In between all this, Mayank singled, but Rohit on the other hand was too late to react and by the time he sent Mayank back, it was too late.
“Why Dickwella requested a review before the bails were removed is beyond comprehension,” Gavaskar said in the commentary.
“The reason for this (the confusion between Mayank and Rohit) is Sri Lanka’s unusual field placement,” said former Sri Lankan cricketer Russell Arnold.
“Russell makes a fair point. The striker may not have seen the point-fielder sneak in,” replied Harsha Bhogle.
Sri Lanka had Praveen Jayawickrama stationed at a rear point, which was deeper than normal. The commentators were of the opinion that Mayank might have thought he had beaten the field and could hit a single, but Jayawickrama sauntered in and threw the ball back to Dickwella, who completed the easy run, but not before signaling for a rating.
It turned out that the third umpire umpire Chaudhary informed Fernando had gone too far, taking the review for LBW out of the equation, but since the rules allow a batter to be knocked out on a no ball, Mayank had to take the long run. walk back to the locker room for 4.
India batted first, hitting a stunning 92 run knockoff off just 98 balls from Shreyas Iyer to reach 252 on a field that offered plenty of turn for the spinners.
In response, Indian sailors Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami let the new ball talk and run through Sri Lanka’s top order.
Bumrah took three wickets, Shami had two, while Axar Patel took one, while Sri Lanka ran into problems 86 for six at stumps on Day 1.
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