New Delhi (HS). Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews has expressed his disappointment at the manner of his dismissal during Monday’s match against Bangladesh in the ongoing World Cup at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
This rare moment in the history of cricket happened in the 25th over of the first innings. Mathews was timed out after failing to reach the crease within two minutes of Sadira Samarawickrama’s dismissal.
Shakib appealed and the umpire decided to send Matthews back as this was under the rules of World Cup cricket.
Mathews talked to Shakib but in the end he did not take back his decision and the experienced all-rounder had to walk out.
After Sri Lanka’s defeat, Mathews said that he had video evidence that he was at the crease within two minutes and that he would make a statement on it later.
After the match, Matthews said, “Obviously, you all play to win. And if it’s within the rules, then it’s fine. But as per the rule, within two minutes I was there. We have video evidence. We will make a statement later. We have video evidence, footage, everything was seen. I am not just coming here and saying things. I am speaking with evidence.”
He said, “So, we have video evidence that at the time the catch was taken, and then when I walked into the crease, there was still five seconds after my helmet was broken. So, we talk about the safety of the players – you guys tell me is it right for me to take a guard without wearing a helmet? It’s just common sense.”
Talking about the match, in this match, Sri Lanka scored 279 runs after losing all the wickets in 49.3 overs, thanks to the century of Charith Asalanka (108) and the innings of Pathum Nissanka (41) and Sadira Samarawickrama (41).
In reply, Bangladesh won by scoring 282 runs for seven wickets in 41.1 overs, thanks to the half-centuries of Nazmul Hasan Shanto (90) and captain Shakib Al Hasan (82).
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