Lahiru Thirimanne
Lahiru Thirimanne (AFP Photo)

Sri Lanka opener Lahiru Thirimanne was at the receiving end of a dubious dismissal in the first Test against Australia which his team lost by an innings and 40 runs on Saturday.

With half their side back in the hut, the tourists were hurtling towards a crushing defeat but Thirimanne had kept the flag flying battling from one end.

Off the third delivery of the 34th over, Thirimanne was beaten by Pat Cummins and Aussie captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine alongside began celebrating claiming an edge. Cummins appealed and the on-field umpire Marais Erasmus raised the dreaded finger.

Thirimanne reviewed the call and the third umpire Michael Gough first asked for the hot spot and snicko to review the call. Hot spot didn’t give any evidence of an edge but there was a small spike 1-2 frame after the ball went past the bat.

That was enough for Gough to uphold the decision, but it looked the ball might have kissed his arm before settling into the hands of Paine.

The decision, however, resulted in shock among the commentators with Simon Katich and Damien Fleming expressing their disbelief.

Australia went on to bowl out Sri Lanka for 139 in the second dig, led by a stellar performance from pacer Pat Cummins.

Sri Lanka made 144 in the first innings and just 139 in the second in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 323.

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