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India v Sri Lanka 2023

Watch: ‘Too quick, too good’ – Mohammed Siraj cleans up Kusal Mendis through bat-pad gap with devastating nip-backer

Mohammed Siraj locates Kusal Mendis' bat-pad gap and celebrates
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Mohammed Siraj bowled Kusal Mendis comprehensively with a nip-backer, seeking out the bat-pad gap as the Sri Lanka No.3 aimed an expansive drive.

Defending 373, India got off to the perfect start, reducing Sri Lanka to 23-2 early on. Siraj struck both blows, first as Avishka Fernando offered a catch to Hardik Pandya, and then working over Mendis.

The wicketkeeper-bat defended his first ball, on a good length, to round out a wicket maiden for Siraj. His next delivery was angled in but nipped away as Mendis left, with the third again defended.


Siraj ventured a touch fuller next ball, inviting the drive, but the delivery was far from a half-volley, and as Mendis attempted an expansive shot, some nip in off the seam sent the ball between his bat and pad and crashing into the stumps.

Watch Siraj bowl Rahul below:

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