Sri Lankan women’s cricket star Achini Kulasuriya was taken to hospital and her team’s match against South Africa was called off on Sunday after she suffered a horrible injury as she attempted to take a catch on the boundary.
Playing a warm-up match ahead of the women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, the 29-year-old was struck on the head by the ball when she failed to grasp a catch in the deep.
Kulasuriya was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital for tests but was later discharged and cleared of serious injury, cricket.com.au reports. She will continue to be monitored.
The scary incident occurred late in Sri Lanka’s tussle against South Africa as the two sides simulated a Super Over situation after the result had already been sealed.
South Africa won the match by 41 runs but because the next match of the day’s double-header, between England and New Zealand, wasn’t scheduled to start for another hour, both teams agreed to practice their death skills with a Super Over, which takes place if a match ends in a tie.
The Proteas took to the crease in the second Super Over but drama struck on the first ball when big-hitter Chloe Tryon slapped her first ball to long off.
Kulasuriya steadied under the ball but it burst through her fingers and cracked her flush on the skull, sending her crumbling to the turf.
She reportedly lay motionless, face down on the ground for several minutes as teammates rushed to her side.
Ambulance officers assessed Kulasuriya and she was stretchered off the field before being taken to hospital.
Tryon was reportedly distressed by the incident but members of the Sri Lankan camp reassured her Kulasuriya was OK and the batter was in no way to blame for the sickening blow.
The Proteas didn’t continue their Super Over after Kulasuriya’s scare and the game was called off.