Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews lashed out at Bangladesh for the ‘timed out’ dismissal during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match on Monday, November 7 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Mathews expressed that it was disgraceful of the Bangladesh team to appeal for his timed-out dismissal.
The incident took place in the 25th over when Shakib Al Hasan dismissed Sadeera Samawickrama. Angelo Mathews walked out to the crease, however, there was some issue with his helmet strap and called for a new one. Bangladesh appealed for a timed-out dismissal, as the all-rounder had failed to get ready to bat within the stipulated time. The on-fielders had a chat before giving Mathews out. The Sri Lankan cricketer requested Shakib Al Hasan to reverse the decision, however, the Bangladesh skipper stood his ground.
“Absolutely disgraceful. We all play to win but I never thought a team or player would stoop to such levels to get a wicket,” Mathews said to the media following the match.
I did nothing wrong. I reached the crease in time. It was an equipment malfunction and I was not wasting time or trying to gain an advantage. Common sense should have prevailed,” he added.
Angelo Mathews shares evidence to prove umpires wrong
Angelo Mathews shared evidence to prove the umpires’ decision to give him ‘timed out’ wrong. He took to ‘X’ (previously Twitter) to share screenshots from the incident. The timer on the screenshots shows that Angelo Mathews walked out to bat before the stipulated two minutes. However, as per the rule, an incoming batter has to be ready to face the ball within two minutes of the dismissal.
“We have video evidence that I was ready to take strike with five seconds left in the two-minute time limit. The umpires could have checked before arriving at a decision,” said Angelo Matthews at the press conference.
Proof! From the time catch was taken and the time helmet strap coming off pic.twitter.com/2I5ebIqkGZ
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) November 6, 2023
Sri Lanka lost to Bangladesh by three wickets in the recent ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match. They failed to defend 279 runs in the game. The Kusal Mendis-led team ranks eight now and has been eliminated from the knockout race. They have a chance to disrupt New Zealand’s chances in their upcoming match on November 11 in Pune.