Sri Lankan opener taken off field on stretcher after bouncer

February 2, 2019
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Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne, bottom, is attended to by medical personnel after he was struck in the head by a delivery from Australia's Pat Cummins on day 2 of their cricket test match in Canberra, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit by a bouncing delivery on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a stretcher on the second day of the test match against Australia.

Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after tea on the second day Saturday.

The 30-year-old Karunaratne, who retired hurt on 46, left the ground on a motorized stretcher. He was later shown on television being taken by ambulance to a hospital.

He appeared to be conscious, although medical staff appeared concerned about his neck.


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