BAN vs SL: Kusal Mendis hospitalized after leaving field with chest pain

BAN vs SL: Kusal Mendis hospitalized after leaving field with chest pain

The Sri Lankan camp will hope that the batter is not seriously hampered as he was in good touch in the 1st Test.

Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka suffered a major blow during their 2nd Test against Bangladesh as their star batter Kusal Mendis was taken off the field in the 23rd over after he complained of chest pain. The latest reports have revealed that the wicketkeeper-batter has been hospitalized in Dhaka. The right-handed batter was seen in some discomfort as he was holding his chest area while being helped off the field of play on Day 1 of the 2nd Test Between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Sri Lankan camp will hope that the batter is not seriously hampered as he was in good touch in the 1st Test. The naturally attacking batter scored a half-century in the 1st innings and was involved in a crucial 98-run partnership with Angelo Mathews. In the 2nd innings, the right-hander scored a counter-attacking 48 off 43 balls after the loss of two early wickets. His impulsive innings set the tone for the Sri Lanka innings as they managed to ground out a draw from an improbable position.

Sri Lankan pacers rattle the Bangladesh top order

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first as they looked to set a big total just like the last match. But the game couldn’t have started any worse for the home side as they lost both their openers in the first two overs. Mahmudul Hasan Roy and Tamim Iqbal were sent back without even opening their accounts.

Sri Lankan pacers, Kasun Rajita and Asitha Fernando looked in a devastating mood as they reduced Bangladesh to 24/5. Rajita scalped Veteran Shakib Al Hasan for a golden duck. Bangladesh were in serious trouble as it looked like they won’t even cross the three-figure mark in the innings.

The experienced duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton das has steadied the ship for the Bangladeshi team as the pair has added 86 runs (at the time of writing the piece) so far, and has looked fairly untroubled at the crease. The home team will be hoping that they can prolong their stay at the crease at least until the end of the day’s play as Bangladesh looks to reach a secure score.