Karunaratne taken to hospital after being hit by short ball

By Sports Desk February 02, 2019

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to hospital after being struck by a bouncer during the second Test against Australia.

Karunaratne was felled by a Pat Cummins short ball, which hit the back of his neck on day two at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

Australia's players and the crowd were stunned into silence as Karunaratne – who immediately dropped to the floor – received treatment in the middle of the ground.

Karunaratne left the field of play on an emergency cab to an applause, with his neck held by Australia team doctor Richard Shaw, before being transported to a Canberra hospital.

The 30-year-old batsman – who scored 46 runs prior to the incident – was replaced by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal with the visitors 82-0 after Australia declared on 534-5.

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