Danushka Gunathilaka: Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka obstructs the pitch | Cricket News

NORTH SOUND: Sri Lankan Premier Drummer Danushka Gunathilaka on Wednesday joined the shortlist of players sacked for obstruction of the field during the first One Day International against the West Indies in Antigua.
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Seeking to regain his home ground on the non-attacking side after turning down an opportunity for a 22nd single on the captain’s home bowling alley Kieron Pollard, Gunathilaka, who was backing up, threw the ball in the path of Pollard who was trying to make a run.
As the West Indies appealed for the dismissal, on-field referees Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite turned to TV executive Nigel Duguid who ruled the left-handed opener deliberately hampered the pitcher.
Clearly unhappy with the verdict, South African Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur appeared to seek clarification on match referee Sir Richie Richardson’s decision soon after.

Gunathilaka’s 55-year-old dismissal came with the Sri Lankans at 112-for-two at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Gunathilaka had shared an opening 105-point stand with captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who fell in a superb effort caught and played by Pollard twice earlier.
The West Indies won the first ODI by eight wickets.

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