Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis got dismissed on a zero against England on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday (January 14). It was his fourth consecutive duck in Test cricket.
The 25-year-old has come into the series after a tough outing on the South Africa tour. He could only score 12 runs in four innings which included three ducks. Mendis hasn’t recovered from the disastrous show and continued to disappoint with his batting.
England pacer Stuart Broad got his wicket in the opening Test at Galle International Stadium. Coming at number 3 after Lahiru Thirimanne’s dismissal, Mendis pushed forward a full pitched delivery from Broad on the second delivery he faced. It found his edge and Jos Buttler caught it. It was the 11th Test duck for Mendis overall in his 47th Test match.
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Sri Lanka could only manage 135 runs in the first innings against England. Their captain Dinesh Chandimal was the top scorer with 28 runs. For England, Dom Bess bagged a fifer and Stuart Broad picked up three wickets.
Here are the reactions to Kusal Mendis’ fourth consecutive duck on Twitter:
4 ducks in a row for Kusal Mendis.Meanwhile Kusal Mendis fridge : pic.twitter.com/xLl17DsOXz
— Jayesh (@jayeshvk16) January 14, 2021
Kusal Mendis appointed as the brand ambassador of @Audi.If he continues this consistency in the second innings, he’ll be offered the brand ambassador position of @Olympics.Aiyo @KusalMendis13 ????????♂️
Take a break ????#SLvsENG #WTC pic.twitter.com/jsSxncytgh
— Mohammed Arshaad (@Arshaad97) January 14, 2021
#KusalMendis have all the chances to become a symbol for Olympics. pic.twitter.com/vgdCWeLze0
— BASAVARAJ (@Basava_tweets) January 14, 2021
List of Top Order (1-6) Test Batsmen with Four Consecutive DucksPankaj Roy (IND) 1952 v England
Lawrie Miller (NZ) 1953-54 v South Africa
Mark Waugh (AUS) 1992 v Sri Lanka
Kusal Mendis (SL) 2021 v South Africa & England#SLvENG
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) January 14, 2021
Kusal Mendis has re- started what his countryman started and some people thought ended. Great batting ???? #SLvEng #Cricket pic.twitter.com/1mhQU06zl7
— Cow Corner (@CowCorner183) January 14, 2021
Kusal Mendis carrying legacy of Shahid Afridi #SLvENG
— ???????????????????????????????? (@ps26_11) January 14, 2021
Kusal Mendis got out on fourth Test duck in a row. MS Dhoni’s Kadaknath chicken business in danger.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 14, 2021
You singlehandedly turn a Test against Australia on its head.You score a third-innings ton against India.You bat through a full day and more in Wellington.You control a tricky chase in Port Elizabeth.And now you score four ducks in a row.Kusal Mendis can be annoying.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) January 14, 2021
Kusal mendis has prepared a 2×2 null matrix in last 4 innings.
— Hypocrite Not Anshuman (@AnshumaNot) January 14, 2021