A frightening injury to Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne overshadowed other events on the field dominated by Australia on the second day of the second cricket test.

Karunaratne was hit by a short-pitched ball on his helmet and was taken off the field at Manuka Oval on a motorized stretcher. He was later shown being taken to a hospital by ambulance, where he remained under observation.

Karunaratne crumpled to the ground after ducking into a Pat Cummins bouncer which rocketed into the back of his helmet after the tea break. The 30-year-old Karunaratne retired hurt on 46 and play was delayed for close to 15 minutes while medical officials from both teams attended to the batsman.

“It’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that,” Cummins told the host broadcaster after the end of the day’s play.

“The good thing was he looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed all right when he left. I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing all right. You never like seeing that. It’s just one of those things that happens in cricket. Whether its your team mate, another team mate, you just hope they’re OK.”

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