Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batter Sadeera Samarawickrama amazed everyone with his sensational wicketkeeping effort on the first day of the Colombo Test against Afghanistan. The moment came in the 46th over of the first innings after Afghanistan was asked to bat by Sri Lanka as the latter won the toss.
Afghanistan’s number three batter Rahmat Shah was batting comfortably at the individual score of 91 runs and Afghanistan were at the score of 155 runs for the loss of 4 wickets; but then came a paddle sweep from Rahmat Shah that went on the be the last delivery he played in his 91-run knock in the first innings.
After Shah tried a paddle sweep, what fans saw was something unbelievable stuff from the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Sadeera Samarawickrama; the latter with his amazing senses already spotted the short and left his spot before Shah tried the shot; eventually, Samarawickrama went on to execute on the rarest catches on the field of cricket to dismiss Afghanistan batter.
The video of this sensational catching effort by Sadeera Samarawickrama is also making rounds on social media within minutes of being shared by a user over X (formerly Twitter).
Here’s the video of Sadeera Samarawickrama executing an ‘almost impossible’ effort:
WHAT AN EFFORT, SAMARAWICKRAMA 🤯🔥pic.twitter.com/hR0UiZeYIN— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 2, 2024
Speaking of the action of the match on the first day of the Colombo Test between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka; the hosts won the toss and asked Afghanistan to bat first; the visitors couldn’t bat for long just after the dismissal of number 3 batter Rahmat Shah at the individual score of 91 runs. Eventually, Sri Lanka bundled out Afghanistan only on the score of 198 runs in the first innings.
Vishwa Fernando and Asitha Fernando scalped 4 and 3 wickets, respectively for Sri Lanka in the first innings, alongside 3 wickets picked by Prabath Jayasuriya.
At the time of stumps on day 1, Sri Lanka had started their batting and scored 80 runs, with openers Nishan Madhushanka and Dimuth Karunaratne there in the middle.