England completely demolished Sri Lanka in the recently concluded three-match T20I series. The hosts won the third T20I in Southampton by 89 runs to complete the whitewash against Sri Lanka. During the match, one moment captured everyone’s attention when Binura Fernando and Dawid Malan got involved in a nasty collision and looked deliberate.
The incident took place in the second over of England’s innings when Jonny Bairstow tapped the ball and ran for a quick single. Malan was at the non-striker’s end, and he responded to Bairstow’s call. Meanwhile, Binura Fernando stormed towards the ball to collect it. However, in an attempt to gather the ball, Fernando collided with Malan, who was running towards the full speed towards the striker’s end.
The single-run was completed successfully, but both players stayed on the ground for a while after the massive collision. The other players went quickly to check them. The reliving thing for both teams was that the duo managed to get away from a serious injury.
Here is the video of the incident:
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In the third and final T20I, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first, but the host reached a huge total of 180 runs after losing 6 wickets. The opening pair of Bairstow and Malan came out all guns blazing and they added 105 runs in 11.4 overs before Isuru Udana cleaned up Bairstow. The latter made 51 from 43 deliveries, including five fours and a six.
Similarly, Dawid Malan scored 76 runs off 48 balls, with the help of nine boundaries, and four maximums as well. Dushmantha Chameera was the pick of the bowler for Sri Lanka. He managed to scalp four wickets and conceded just 17 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
During the chase, response, England bundled out Sri Lanka for a meager score of 91 runs, winning the contest by 89 runs. David Willey and Sam Curran bowled outstandingly well and shared five wickets between them. While Willey picked up three scalps for 27 runs in his quota of 4 overs, Curran churned out a couple of wickets for 14 runs from 4 overs.