Cricket is a game of uncertainties without any second thought. At times, even the experienced players would commit a silly mistake on the field that would prove to be costly. The entire cricket fraternity was left in total disbelief after Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Perera dropped a sitter.
Meanwhile, Australia’s David Warner breathed a sigh of relief for an extra life. The southpaw made most of the reprieve as he went on to rupture his lean patch and scored a half-century. Warner was already under pressure coming into the game against Sri Lanka as he scored only 17 runs in his last four games across all competitions.
However, the out-of-form batsman capitalized on the second opportunity and made his presence count on the field. Warner started off well by scoring some boundaries. However, his innings should have been cut short on 19 had Kusal Perera grabbed the ball in his safe pair of gloves.
Kusal Perera drops a sitter; allows David Warner to score a fifty
David Warner gloved a short ball from Dushmantha Chameera down the leg side and the ball travelled behind the stumps in the follow-through. As it happened, Kusal Perera dropped one of the easiest catches. The video clip of Perera dropping a sitter has gone viral across social media platforms.
Watch the video below:
In fact, the wicket seemed to be a casual one as the TV replays showed umpire Richard Illingworth raising his finger thinking that the catch was to be taken. In fact, Chameera started celebrating thinking that the wicket-keeper would take a catch but then Kusal Perera stunned everyone by dropping an easy catch.
India’s popular commentator, Harsha Bhogle reacted to Kusal Perera’s costly mistake on Twitter. Harsha wrote: “Kusal Perera now has an entry on a list no one wants to be on; the easiest catches dropped in cricket!”. Earlier, Sri Lanka posted 154/6 in 20 overs. Australia chased down the target in 17 overs. Warner scored 65 off 42 balls including 10 fours.