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The Sickening Moment Sri Lankan Batsman Goes Down

Sri Lankan batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne immediately slumped to the ground after being hit near the head by a Pat Cummins bouncer before being taken away in an ambulance.

In the 31st over, Karunaratne was hit near the head by the ball, bringing the game to a halt.

At first, commentators thought he had been hit in the shoulder, before it became clear the batsman was in considerable pain from the head blow.

The moment Karunaratne was struck. Image: Fox Sports

The Australian team went to his aid and removed his helmet. Sri Lankan players and coaching staff were forced to stand on the sidelines and watch on worryingly at their injured teammate.

For nearly ten minutes, medical staff treated Karunaratne on the ground, stabalising his neck and performing concussion checks.

Image: AAP

In hopeful images, he was seen moving his hands and talking to medical staff.

He was carefully loaded onto a spinal board before being taken off the ground for further checks, and later to Canberra Hospital.

"Dimuth complained of pain in neck and tingling to his hands following being struck in the back of the neck, decision then made to transport him to hospital," Cricket Australia tweeted  about an hour after the incident.

Unlike other sports, cricket does not have concussion rules, regarding how play is affected if there is a suspected head injury.

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Karunaratne was replaced on the crease by Dinesh Chandimal.

It was later confirmed by Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha he had been hit on the neck and experienced tingling feelings in his arms and hands.

"He had never been unconscious throughout, he was conscious but he was in pain," Hathurusingha told Fox Sports.

Karunaratne was discharged from hospital later on Saturday night and given the all-clear, potentially paving the way for him to return to the wicket on day three of the final Test.

In a Twitter post, he thanked hospital staff along with all "who were there when I received a blow".

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for looking after my well-being," he wrote.

"My cricketing battle starts all over again tomorrow."

Contact the author jdunne@networkten.com.au