Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis astonished the crowd with a lightning-quick throw to the non-striker’s end, dismissing a surprised Adil Rashid, showcasing his remarkable reflexes and game awareness.

England faced a dramatic collapse in the first innings against Sri Lanka at Chinnaswamy Stadium, posting a meager total of 156. This marked the lowest all-out score in an ODI at the venue. While quality bowling played a significant role in England’s downfall, their reckless approach during the innings added to their woes.

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis displayed top-notch wicket-keeping skills, making a stunning throw to dismiss Adil Rashid, highlighting his remarkable reflexes and game awareness.

In the 34th over, England’s Adil Rashid found himself at the non-striker’s end as Maheesh Theekshana bowled a wide delivery. Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper, Kusal Mendis, swiftly collected the ball and unexpectedly threw it towards the stumps where Rashid had wandered outside the crease while backing up. This swift execution caught Rashid off guard, and the bails were dislodged before he could react, sending the Sri Lankan team into jubilation. Mendis’ quick thinking and precise throw resulted in a memorable dismissal.

Earlier, Jos Buttler, after winning the toss, elected for England to bat first. Despite a promising start, Sri Lanka made a comeback with Angelo Mathews taking a wicket, his first in over three years in ODIs. England’s top-order batsmen, including Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Buttler, fell in quick succession. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali tried to stabilize with a 37-run partnership, but Ali was dismissed for 15. Chris Woakes was caught brilliantly by Sadeera Samarawickrama, leaving England heavily reliant on Stokes. The England Test captain Ben Stokes’ departure for 43 off 73 balls left them with a weak total of 156 runs in 33.2 overs.

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Last Updated on October 26, 2023

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