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Sri Lanka v England

Watch: Niroshan Dickwella misses high five, hits teammate in the face

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: As it often does, Sri Lanka lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous in an instant, with Niroshan Dickwella celebrating some superb work to run out Joe Root by hitting Wanindu Hasaranga in the face after missing a high five.

England Women’s fast bowler Kate Cross spotted the comical moment, with the host broadcaster showing a slo-mo shot of the vigorous and inaccurate celebratory slap. Hasaranga seemed unharmed, laughing as he reached his hands up to protect himself.

The run out itself was a potentially crucial one. It left England 14-3 and feeling nervy chasing 74, with Root out for one having hit a double century in the first innings. The tourists eventually made it to stumps without further loss, reaching 38-3 and needing another 36 runs to win the first Test at Galle.

Watch the comical moment below:

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