Sri Lanka went right all the way down to West Indies via way of means of 8 wickets withinside the first ODI in Antigua on Wednesday (March 10) however the sport wasn’t with out its proportion of controversy. Lankan commencing batsman Danushka Gunathilaka became unlucky to stroll again after an extraordinary dismissal – obstructing the sector – whilst he became going robust withinside the middle.
Gunathilaka had scored fifty five and placed on one zero five in a gap stand with captain Dimuth Karunaratne, which regarded to place Sri Lanka on route to a commanding general after dropping the toss and batting first. Karunaratne became out for 52, stuck and bowled via way of means of West Indies captain Kieron Pollard together along with his 2d delivery.
But the healthy became ugly whilst, withinside the twenty first over, Gunathilaka became judged to have obstructed the sector whilst he trod at the ball even as Pollard became trying to have an effect on a run out. Pollard bowled a brief ball which Gunathilaka fended away.
Pathum Nissanka activate for a unmarried however Gunathilaka, after advancing down the pitch, despatched him again and stepped again into his personal crease. As he did so, he stepped at the ball and knocked it backwards.
Pollard right now appealed and on-area umpire Joe Wilson gave a gentle sign of out earlier than tv umpire Nigel Guguid dominated that Gunathilaka had intentionally tried to foil the run out. There regarded to be little proof the batsman had acted intentionally.
The Marylebone Cricket Club, guardians of the Laws of cricket, said: “The key a part of the obstructing the sector Law (37.2/37.3) is intent – which may be tough to judge. If the obstruction is wilful, it’ll be out, however if it is unintentional then it’ll be now no longer out.”
The Sri Lanka innings misplaced its manner from that factor and from 112/2, the visitors have been bundled out for 232 in forty nine overs. The West Indies handed that general with Shai Hope making a hundred and ten and his commencing accomplice Evin Lewis including 65.
Sri Lanka’s director of cricket and previous Australian all-rounder Tom Moody slammed the choice to ship again Gunathilaka.
We were given a pleasing begin however we misplaced more than one wickets,” Karunaratne said. “In the cease we have been brief of 30-forty runs. If me and Danushka ought to have batted longer it’d were a extraordinary story,” he added.
Pollard mentioned the dismissal of the Sri Lanka openers in brief succession modified the route of the innings and the healthy. “They have been a hundred with out loss and we have been searching at a chase of 300,” Pollard said.
Pollard became visible patching matters up on the cease of the healthy with Gunathilaka.