Where International Duck Watch is about then Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal is never far away. The inaugural International Duck Club inductee has developed a habit of helping others join the club and today Lakmal welcomed South Africa’s Keshav Mahahraj to the party by getting him to nick behind the third delivery that he faced.
In the race to be the leading ducker, Kyle Abbott, who was originally inducted when failing miserably as an overnight watchman in Australia, was run out after facing just three deliveries to get his name on the honours board for the second time.
When Sri Lanka got around to their reply Kusal Mendis levelled with Abbott by being caught behind off the bowling of… Abbott!
That’s your paddle of ducks today folks!
Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Riaz was dismissed LBW fifth ball to New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme (1-29) in the second Test in Hamilton. Soon after, commencing their second innings with a lead of 55 New Zealand’s openers Jeet Raval faced one delivery without scoring and Tom Latham (Golden duck in the first innings) is yet to face!
Usman Khawaja (Australia)
How do you follow a first innings 145?
Drop down the order and fall LBW second ball to become Tabraiz Shamsi’s (1-49) second Test wicket however Australia (Warner 47, Smith 40, Renshaw 34 not out) won by seven wickets. South Africa though win the series 2-1.
Ajinkya Rahane (India)
LBW sixth ball to England’s in-form Adil Rashid (3-81) as England fought back before India fought back in the third Test in Mohali. India (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57 not out) trail by twelve runs with four wickets remaining.
Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe number eleven Vitori fell second ball to Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne in the Tri-Series final. Vitori then dismissed Dhananjaya De Sliva with the very first delivery of Sri Lanka’s reply. Vitori finished with figures of 3-52 as Sri Lanka (Kusal Mendis 57) won the final by six wickets. Earlier on debut, Zimbabwe’s Tarisai Musakanda top scored for his side with 36 from 37 deliveries. Just making his debut in a final, as you do!
There’s only one contributor to International Duck Watch today. Step forward Mr Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka. The tourists’ number three lasted ten scoreless deliveries against Zimbabwe in Harare before being dismissed by Carl Mumba who like the first Test is on a second innings rampage. So far he’s claimed figures of 3-31 from eleven overs leaving his bowling average at 32.75 which is exactly 25 less than the jealously looking on Donald Tiripano. At least Tiripano can console himself with his contribution to the first ever International Duck Watch even if he wasn’t quite the star of the show!