Australia had started the series on a winning note in the first ODI before the hosts came back in the second – both in Pallekele. The action shifted to Colombo where Dasun Shanaka’s side clinched a winner, chasing down the target of 292 with 9 balls to spare on the back of 137 from opener Pathum Nissanka and 87 from number 3 Kusal Mendis.
The fourth ODI will be played at the same venue on Tuesday with Sri Lanka looking for their first ODI series win over Australia at home soil after 20 years.
Umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s picture goes viral
There was once incident, though, not involving the players but umpire Kumar Dharmasena that got viral and elicited laughter on social media.
The Twitter handle of Cricket.com.au uploaded a funny picture wherein Dharmasena, standing as a square leg umpire, had almost caught the ball after an Australian batsman hit it towards that position. Thankfully, though, Dharmasena let the ball take its natural course.
“Catch! Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looks like he wants to get into the action… Thankfully he didn’t,” cricket.com.au captioned this picture.
Here, check out this funny image:
Catch! Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looks like he wants to get into the action…
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 19, 2022
Amusing reactions came from all corners on Twitter to this still of Dharmasena. Here are some of the best of them:
He saw his moment, he took it
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) June 19, 2022
He timely remembered that he is NOT an SL player anymore… 😄
— Akhil 🇮🇳 (@akhil_131) June 19, 2022
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) June 19, 2022
Going back to his days, man! 🤣 https://t.co/tR9CzxRHt4
— NusandNas (@NusandNas) June 19, 2022
Luckily he remembered last second his job is not to catch it 🙈🤣 https://t.co/67LkaOUiJy
— Rach🐯 (@rhoftonphoto) June 19, 2022
and the batsman had his heart in his mouth for a moment!
— Don’t Yell @ me! 😥 (@gbenhur) June 19, 2022
Sri Lanka skipper Shanaka praised his players for their exceptional batting performance. Now, his eyes are set on the next two ODIs to create a memorable series win.
“Very good performance by the two youngsters with the bat. It made a difference when we were batting, there was dew, it was coming nicely onto the bat. Didn’t expect it during the toss. Batting second made a huge difference in the game. Great chance for this team to pull out the series win against them, last did it in 1992,” Shanaka said that the post-match presentation.