New Zealand opted to field first, a decision that was supported by their bowlers as they consistently took wickets, despite an aggressive 51-run contribution by Kusal Perera for Sri Lanka.Following an attacking display by Perera, who scored 51 runs including nine boundaries and two sixes in just 28 balls, Sri Lanka found themselves struggling at 70-5 within the initial 10 overs after Lockie Ferguson dismissed the left-handed batsman.
That’s where the incident happened as the new man in was Mathews, who made headlines a few days back by becoming the first batter in international cricket to be dismissed ‘timed out’. The moment the Lankan batter arrived at the crease, spectators witnessed a lighthearted exchange between Mathews and Williamson.
Mathews faced a timed-out decision when he failed to reach the crease within two minutes of Sadeera Samarawickrama‘s dismissal.
World Cup 2023: Angelo Mathews becomes first ever player to be timed out in cricket | Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Following an appeal from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, the umpire ruled in accordance with the World Cup cricket laws, resulting in Mathews being sent back.