Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella had a moment to forget during their Test match against Bangladesh as he dropped one can only be described as a clanger.
In one of the more comical cricket moments of late, Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim inside-edged one onto his pad, the ball looped into the air and Dickwella inexplicably grassed it, summing up an amazing first day’s play that saw 14 wickets fell.
If you were being kind to the Sri Lankan ‘keeper, you could say he was put off by the advances of Kusal Mendis, fielding at short-leg, who also rushed to try and take the catch.
Even so, it was a dolly - as the video below proves.
Interestingly, Dickwella chose to use the ‘reverse-cup’ style of trying to catch the ball, a technique used by outfielders when taking high-catches, not wicket-keepers when the ball is lobbed in the air.
Luckily for Dickwella, his blushes were somewhat spared by team-mate Suranga Lakmal who dismissed Rahim just 18 balls and one run later.
The touring Sri Lankans are currently in pole position to win the Test match, having posted 222 in their first innings, before bowling the hosts out for a meagre 110.
Dickwella drops a clanger:
Sri Lanka have since stretched their lead to a daunting 312 having reached 200-8 in their second innings at the close of day two, with Roshen Silva contributing a top score of 58 not out.
It is a lead that already looks more than enough for victory on a wicket that has seen 28 wickets fall in the first two days.
A win for Sri Lanka would see them take the two-match series 1-0 after a bore-draw in the first Test at Chittagong.
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