Sri Lankan veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews became the first player in the 146-year history of international cricket to get timed out.
In the 38th match of ICC World Cup 2023, Angelo Mathews came to bat after fall of the fourth wicket in the 25thover of Sri Lankan innings. When Mathews came to bat, his helmet stripe wasn’t tight enough, he took a little long to fix his helmet. On that Bangladeshi skipper Shakib ul Hasan appealed rule Mathews time out. Both infield umpires consulted and declared the Sri Lankan all-rounder out. Angelo Mathews left the field in disgrace.
Cricket pundits and ex cricketers shared their opinion about the decision. Gautam Gambir, Darrel Stain took their social media platforms to show their disagreement on the decision. Sri Lankan cricket board president said that it was pathetic. Former South African fast bowler Stain said this wasn’t cool.
Batting first Sri Lanka posted a total of 279 runs in 49.3 overs. For Sri Lanka Asalanka scored a magnificent century. He scored 108 runs after facing 105 balls. Nisanka and Samarawickrama scored 41 runs each. Tanzim Hasan Sakib took three wickets for his side, while Sharif ul Hasan and Shakil ul Islam took two wickets each.
When Bangladesh came to bat they found themselves 41 for lose of two wickets in the seventh over. The match seemed equally poised by this time. Then for the third wicket Najm ul Hossain Shanto and Shakib put on a partnership of 169 runs which took the game away from the Islanders. Angelo Mathews got wickets of Shanto and Shakib in quick successions to make the match interesting. Shanto scored 90 runs and Shakib contributed 82 runs in the chase.
After taking wicket of Shakib, Angelo Mathews pointed towards his wrist referring to the timed pit decision.
Eventually Bangladesh completed the target with three wickets and 53 balls to spare. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was named man of the match fort his all round performance.