New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult produced a classic moment with the bat on Day 2 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday.
Coming in at No. 10 after a flurry of wickets fell early on the second day, Boult attempted a premeditated paddle-sweep against Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.
However, the left-hander only succeeded in getting a top-edge, as a result of which the ball got stuck in his helmet grill. Sensing that the ball was still in play, the Sri Lankan fielders – with a huge grin on their faces – tried approaching Boult to take the ball and claim a catch, but Boult, who knew what was going on, hilariously moved around the crease, trying to dodge the fielders to avoid himself from getting out “caught”.
Eventually, the fielders ended up taking the ball out of Boult’s helmet, but the ball had stayed in there long enough for it to be considered dead.
Both teams saw the lighter side of the incident, and it ended in smiles and giggles as they went back to get on with the game.
Here’s the video:
Posted by FOX Sports Australia on Thursday, 15 August 2019
Two balls later, he smacked Embuldeniya down the ground for six, but it was Sri Lanka who had the last laugh, with Boult eventually caught at deep mid-on for 18 as the Black Caps were bowled out for 249 in their first innings.