Kusal Perera survives injury scare; might bat if required
The southpaw crashed into advertising hoardings while fielding against the Windies.
Updated - Jun 26, 2018 6:27 pm
The Sri Lankan cricket management on tour at Barbados was in quite a bit of shock when top-order left-handed batsman Kusal Perera lay on the boundary rope motionless. It was nearing midnight in Barbados and Perera had seemingly collapsed after crashing into hoardings with his face and ribs making an instant impact on the hoardings along the stick fence. This immediately prompted the physio and his team to make a dash into the field of play.
However, despite all of this, the southpaw was taken to a hospital later that evening with a ‘concussion substitute’ fielding in his place. It was here where the doctors eventually cleared him of any injury and it was also clear that the southpaw may very well have some role to play in the grand scheme of things as the match draws to a conclusion.
The SLC also went on to release a statement indicating that Perera was indeed alright and good to continue. “KJP was discharged from the hospital after scans cleared him. He went back to the ground. He has been cleared, but has been advised to rest. He will bat if required tomorrow,” a Sri Lanka Cricket official said.
Barbados encounter drawing to an immediate close
In the grand scheme of things, the Barbados match – a day-night encounter as well is seemingly drawing to a rapid close with the Windies and the Lankans both being bowled out for under 100 runs in their second and first innings respectively.
At the moment, Sri Lanka requires 63 runs to win with five wickets in hand. With the wicket in Bridgetown deteriorating, it would seem as though the visitors do indeed have their task cut out. Kusal Perera may well have something to say in the batting innings to come.