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“When You Are Fed Up Of Doing Umpiring” – Twitterati React As Kumar Dharmasena Goes For A Catch During SL vs AUS Match

Kumar Dharmasena
Kumar Dharmasena

Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka defeated Australia in the third game of the five-match One Day International series. With the help of Pathum Nissanka’s century, Sri Lanka is now leading the series by 2-1. Despite a decent ODI game on the stage, it was Kumar Dharmasena, the umpire, who stole the show in Colombo.

During Australia’s batting innings, wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey played a lofted shot over square leg, where umpire Dharmasena was standing. Seeing the ball coming towards him, the cricketer turned umpire couldn’t stop himself from going for a catch. Although, the 51-year-old quickly switched back to the umpire role and let the ball go in its way.

The picture of Dharmasena seeking a catch has gone viral, as the official Twitter handle of Cricket Australia aka cricket.com.au posted the viral image with the caption: “Catch! Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looks like he wants to get into the action… Thankfully he didn’t.”

As soon as the picture was shared, the Twitter users couldn’t hold it back, as many of them came up with sidesplitting reactions. Former Sri Lanka cricketer and a commentator now, Russel Arnold too, was one among the reactors.

Sri Lanka beat Australia by six wickets

Besides, Sri Lanka conquered a much-needed win against the visitors. Batting first, Australia posted a defendable total of 291 for six. The tally involved a half-century from Australia skipper Aaron Finch and a brilliant unbeaten knock of 70 runs, from Travis Head. Head smashed three boundaries and three sixes, during his time on the crease. For Lanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, the leg-spinner, captured three wickets.

In reply, the Lankan top order started it well, making it easy for the middle-lower order, to achieve the mark. Nissanka, the opener, smashed a fabulous ton of 137 runs, comprising 11 fours and a couple of sixes.

Kusal Mendis too scored a significant knock of 87 runs, with eight boundaries, but the 27-year-old had to retire hurt. The Lankan side got home with nine balls remaining, and won the game by six wickets.

Written By Prachi Pisal


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