Sri Lanka’s experienced campaigner Angelo Mathews became the major talking point on social media recently after his on-field antics forced Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan to make a timed-out appeal to the umpires. Several fans slammed Shakib Al Hasan for not taking the game in the right spirit since the veteran didn’t withdraw the appeal even after Angelo Mathews provided a clear explanation.
The all-rounder was not prepared to face the first ball within the mandatory two-minute time limit as the clock kept ticking even before the strap of his helmet appeared to be damaged. Mathews was concerned about his safety as he signalled towards the team’s dugout, requesting one of the members to bring another helmet. As it turned out, Shakib Al Hasan made an appeal and hence the umpires had to make the final.
Kane Williamson indulges in a friendly banter with Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews was trying his best to explain everything in detail but Shakib was in no mood to listen to him as he made an appeal, which was well within the rules of the game. Since then, things didn’t go well between Mathews and Shakib. In fact, the Sri Lankan took revenge by getting rid of Shakib in the same game and then came up with a timed-out celebration. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson made the headlines after he was involved in a friendly banter with Angelo Mathews at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Kane Williamson asking Angelo Mathews if he had checked his helmet strap when he came to bat. Then he literally checked his helmet strap trap. Shakib effect is on.#NZvSL #NZvsSL #CWC2023 #CW23 #WorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/lIcMQeXZhV
— 𝐀𝐛𝐢𝐫 𝐑𝐚𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧 🇧🇩 (@abirrahmanorko) November 9, 2023
As you can see in the video clip, Kane Williamson hilariously asked Mathews if he had checked his helmet strap when he came to bat. In response, Mathews laughed before he rechecked his helmet strap. The video clip of the same has gone viral on social media. Mathews scored 16 runs before he fell prey to Mitchell Santner’s delivery. Talking about the game, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 171 in 46.4 overs.
Kusal Perera top-scored with 51 off 28 balls including 9 fours and 2 sixes. On the contrary, Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers for the Black Caps as he registered 3/37 in 10 overs and also bowled 3 maiden overs. New Zealand chased down the target in 23.2 overs and won the game by 5 wickets. Boult was adjudged the Player of the Match for his masterful bowling display.