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SL vs ENG: Red ball changes to White! WATCH Jonny Bairstow’s magical shot

By Chaitanya Laxman
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The England vs Sri Lanka Test series had some bizarre incidents. Apart from a giant lizard entering the field to Sri Lankan batsman gifting their wickets when Joe Root asked for it, there was one incident when a magical shot from Jonny Bairstow changed the color of the ball from red to white.

Watch: J Bairstow hits a six and changes the color of ball from red to white!

During England’s second innings, Bairstow swept Ramesh Mendis for a six in the 10th over. The ball went beyond the ropes and to everyone’s surprise, when the feilder retrieved the ball, its color had changed to white.

This magical change in color surprised everyone and the batsman too looked amused. The replays then revealed the reason behind this sudden change in the color of the ball.

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After landing beyond the ropes, the ball fell in a color bucket. There was white paint in the bucket and hence the ball caught some of the color and turned white. A member of Sri Lanka’s squad tried to remove the paint by rubbing the ball on a sponge but that didn’t help much.

Seeing the white paint is impossible to remove, the umpires decided to change the ball. You can watch this incident of the ball changing the color after Bairstow smashed a six here:

England chase 164 in 2nd Test to complete white wash

After another horrific batting performance by Sri Lanka batters in the second innings of the second Test, England needed 164 runs to win the Test. The visitors had some nervous moments as experienced campaigners Joe Root and J Bairstow fell early.

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But opener Dom Sibley held one end strong and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler provided able support to steer the team home. England won the Test by 6 wickets and also pocketed Test series 2-0.

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Chaitanya Laxman

A cricket nomad who prefers the commentary box over the crease to enjoy the game of cricket. Writes reads and talks about the stories behind the game.