Cricket News: Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka walks off the field clutching his chest, hospitalised

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Source: thecricketer.com

Cricket News: After being carried off the field due to chest trouble, Sri Lanka batter Kusal Mendis was transported to the hospital for a precautionary check-up. Mendis is now being treated at a hospital in Dhaka, according to ESPNCricinfo. The event occurred just before the lunch break on the first day of Bangladesh’s second Test match against Sri Lanka. Mendis, 27, was fielding in the slip cordon during the 23rd over when he pulled up. Mendis left with the physios holding his chest after they came on the ground.

According to Cricinfo, BCB doctor Manzur Hossain Chowdhury stated Mendis needed to be transferred to the hospital for ‘appropriate diagnosis and improved management of his ailment. Mendis had been suffering from dehydration in the days leading up to the match, which could be the cause of his discomfort, according to Chowdhury, who also suggested that it could be a case of gastritis. It is yet unknown how much time Kusal will spend in the hospital.

In the first Test, Mendis scored 54 and 48 runs to help Sri Lanka draw the match at Chattogram. Mendis isn’t the first player to have to abandon the game due to a medical emergency. Due to severe heat, umpire Richard Kettleborough had to leave the field, while Bangladesh batter Tamim Iqbal had to retire hurt due to cramping in the first Test.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka dominated the first day of the Dhaka Test, dropping Bangladesh to 24/5 with pacers Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando ripping through the hosts’ top order until Liton Das’ half-century and tenacious innings from Mushfiqur Rahim gave the score some hope.

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