Sadeera Samarawickrama    AFP
Sadeera Samarawickrama AFP

Sadeera Samarawickrama is not having a good tour of India. In 4 innings, he has amassed only 36 runs and is not enjoying his time fielding at forward short-leg either. On Day One of third Test, Samarawickrama was struck by Murali Vijay’s pull and was taken for a CT scan. He took a blow to his helmet on the last ball of the 30th over when Vijay whipped a Dilruwan Perera delivery towards on-side. The Lankan stayed on the field despite the blow, but umpire Nigel Llong called the team physio to check for concussion as a precautionary measure. Later, he was taken off the field and cleared of danger after the scan. He, however, did not take part in the remainder of the day’s play.

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Incidentally, this is the consecutive time that Samarawickrama has been struck by a blow from Vijay’s bat in the series. In Nagpur, the Sri Lankan was taken aback by a full-blooded Vijay sweep off Rangana Herath that struck him on the chest. He walked off the field and was cleared after X-rays showed no rib damage.

Sri Lanka are trailing 0-1 in the series and were made to work hard on the field on Saturday. Opting to bat, Virat Kohli and Vijay’s ton have propelled India to 371 for 4.