Kasun Rajitha walked off the field after bowling just 2.1 overs in the first Test against South Africa. Rajitha, who was at the top of his run-up before bowling the second ball of his third over, threw the ball to the fielder at mid-off and started walking off the field.
Rajitha never looked in control of his bowling right from the onset. He conceded 16 runs in just 2.1 overs. This was another setback which the visitors suffered after middle order batsman, Dhananjaya de Silva was ruled out of the Test series after suffering a thigh injury.
De Silva had retired hurt while batting on 79 runs in the first innings against South Africa. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed in a statement that De Silva had sustained “a grade 2 tear on his thigh which will keep him out of action for two weeks.”
Sri Lanka have been hit by a plethora of injuries in the past few weeks. Experienced all rounder, Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the Proteas tour after suffering a hamstring injury he picked up in the Lankan Premier League.
Sri Lanka put up an impressive total in the first innings against South Africa. They posted a total of 396 runs. However, the hosts fought back brilliantly, ending Day 2 with a score of 317 for the loss of just four wickets. Dean Elgar was dismissed by Shanaka just five runs short of his century. Among the other noteworthy performance was Aiden Markram’s knock of 68 runs with an impressive strike rate of over 72.