Bangladesh tail-ender Taijul Islam was dismissed hit wicket in extraordinary scenes, his shoelaces bringing him undone.
Bangladesh tail-ender Taijul Islam has landed himself on the undesirable list of cricketers who’ve been dismissed hit wicket – and he has a case for being the unluckiest of the lost.
The moment of madness occurred when Bangladesh were 9-251 late on day three, still trailing Sri Lanka by 242 runs in their first innings in the Pallekele Test.
Islam had grinded his way to nine runs from 49 deliveries, providing resistance as wickets tumbled at the other end – but loose shoelaces were about to bring him undone.
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The 33-Test spinner rocked onto his back foot and played a defensive stroke toward point when facing Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal, but his left foot slipped out of his shoe.
The 29-year-old then accidentally pushed his shoe onto the stumps, dislodging the leg bail and ending Bangladesh’s innings in bizarre scenes.
Lakmal became just the second Sri Lanka bowler to have dismissed a batsman hit wicket in Test cricket, joining the greatest Test wicket-taker in history in Muttiah Muralitharan, who had done so in 1997.
Islam mustered just nine and two in the Test against Sri Lanka but finished the match with six wickets, having taken 1-83 and 5-72.
Bangladesh were set 437 to win but were bowled out for 227 during the morning session of the final day, handing the hosts a 209-run win in the second Test of the series.
Sri Lanka lead the series after drawing the first Test and cruising to victory in the second.
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