New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Despite a strong performance from Kusal Perera, who scored 51 runs in just 28 balls with nine boundaries and two sixes, Sri Lanka struggled to 70-5 inside the first 10 overs after Lockie Ferguson dismissed Perera.
The incident occurred when Mathews, who recently made headlines as the first international cricketer to be dismissed ‘timed out’, came in as the next batsman. When Mathews reached the change, spectators saw a light exchange between him and Williamson.
The incident happened in the 25th over when Mathews walked out to bat after Sadeera Samarawickrama’s dismissal but found his helmet strap broken and immediately signaled for a replacement instead of facing Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
This prompted Bangladesh to appeal for a ‘vacation’. Mathews was seen having an animated discussion with umpire Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth, explaining that he had some problem with the helmet strap. He also contacted Shakib, who did not withdraw his appeal and the Sri Lankan cricketer had to leave the field.
A disappointed Mathews, in fact, took to social media, and expressed his thoughts about the dismissal. Mathews also claimed that Bangladesh’s decision to dismiss him through ‘time out’ was “disgraceful”.
Cricket greats like Harbhajan Singh, Sanath Jayasurya, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir also criticized the Bangladesh captain’s decision.
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