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Watch: Dhanajaya de Silva hits ball three times and his own stumps once in farcical Test dismissal

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by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva was at the centre of a bizarre dismissal after he knocked off his own bails with his bat while attempting to save the stumps from a bouncing ball during the first Sri Lanka-West Indies Test in Galle.

Batting at five, de Silva had moved to 61 off 94 when he defended a Shannon Gabriel delivery in the 95th over. The ball landed on the pitch and popped up, heading towards the stumps, when the batter hurriedly attempted to parry it away.

He first tried to ‘reverse hit’ it from left to right, managing to only glove it in the process. The ball continued to hurtle downwards, forcing de Silva to have another go, but his awkward positioning only allowed him to flai atl the ball once again. And while he did manage to swat the ball away, it was only after he had swung the toe-end of the bat on his leg stump, sending the bails flying along with the ball.


It isn’t the first time de Silva has been dismissed hit wicket in Tests – two years ago, an attempted pull off Mitchell Starc in Canberra saw him swivel around and tap his bat on his off stump (watch it here).

He’s the second Sri Lanka player after Romesh Kaluwitharana (and the 14th overall) to be out hit wicket more than once in Test cricket.

Watch the strange dismissal here:


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