Watch: Ravi Ashwin’s Brilliant Fielding And Kuldeep Yadav’s Presence Of Mind Helps India To Dismiss Kusal Mendis Cheaply

Prince Singh / 13 August 2017

If there is anything called luck then one can safely assume that it does not know there is anything called Sri Lanka cricket team. The Islanders have been going through a horrible time this year and their fortunes was summed up by Kusal Mendis’ horrible run-out in the ongoing third Test against India at Pallekele. Pegged by several injuries, down 2-0 in the three-match series and reeling at 23 for 2, a run-out was the last thing, Sri Lanka would have wanted but then again nothing is going their way as they suffered yet another big blow in their pursuit of avoiding a whitewash.

Mendis, who had scored a brilliant counter-attacking century in the second Test at Colombo, once again brightly and hit 4 fours to race to 18 off 19 balls when his promising knock came to an end due to a brilliant piece of fielding from Ravichandran Ashwin. Dinesh Chandimal shuffled across and flicked a Mohammed Shami delivery to the right of mid-on. The ball was looking destined to evade the fielder but Ashwin had other plans as he ran a few meters and dived full length to stop the ball. By that time, Mendis had set off for the single but Ashwin sent down a wild throw, giving the batsman a chance to return back to the crease.

However, Kuldeep Yadav, who was standing at short cover, showed a good presence of mind and quickly rattled the stumps with a sharp throw, catching Mendis well short.

Here is a clip of that dramatic run-out: