Buttler falls prey to 'Mankad'

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England batsman Jos Buttler was the victim of the so-called 'Mankad' dismissal during Tuesday's fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

England batsman Jos Buttler was the victim of the so-called 'Mankad' dismissal during Tuesday's fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The controversial incident saw Buttler run out at the non-striker's end by bowler Sachithra Senanayake – in the 44th over of the hosts' innings. Umpires Chris Gaffaney and Michael Gough conferred before ruling the right-hander out for a stifled 21. Buttler had been warned prior to the previous delivery.

Law 42.15 of the game states: "The bowler is permitted, before entering his delivery stride, to attempt to run out the non-striker. Whether the attempt is succesful or not, the ball will not count as one of the over. If the bowler fails to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal dead ball as soon as possible."

Former English captain Michael Vaughan promptly questioned visiting skipper Angelo Mathews for not allowing a reprieve, while erstwhile spinner Graeme Swann reminded all that Senanayake is currently under investigation for a suspected illegal bowling action.

"Totally blame the captain. He is the man who makes the decisions and should have overturned the decision. No way to play the game," tweeted Vaughan.

"I think if I'd been called for chucking I'd try to keep a low profile for a while, rather than pull out the Mankad. Incredible scenes," added Swann.

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