West Indies debutant Jeremy Solozano was taken off the field to a hospital after he was struck on his head by a shot from Dimuth Karunaratne on day 1 of the first Test in Galle.
The unfortunate incident happened late in the first session on Sunday in the 24th over. Roston Chase bowled a short delivery to the Sri Lankan captain, who struck a powerful pull shot straight at the short leg where Jeremy Solozano was positioned.
The 26-year-old from Trinidad was hit flush on his helmet grille with the rear part of the helmet coming off on impact. Shai Hope came on the field as a replacement fielder.
🚨Injury Update 🚨 Debutant Jeremy Solozano was stretchered off the field after receiving a blow to his helmet while fielding.
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Speaking of the contest, the Karunaratne-led Sri Lankan side won the toss and opted to bat first in the first Test. Pathum Nissanka and Karunaratne hold the fort for Sri Lanka as they have scored 139 runs in 49 overs before West Indies managed to get a breakthrough.
With the regained momentum, West Indies picked up two more wickets thanks to off-spinner Roston Chase to have Sri Lanka at 170/3. However, captain Dimuth Karunaratne held the fort tight from one end, as he close in another Test century.
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