Pat Cummins put an exclamation mark on what turned out to be the final ball of day two of the Test match before a bizarre finish to the day that caught everyone by surprise.

The Aussie skipper raced to 26 off 16 balls, blasting two sixes and a four for 16 runs off Jeffrey Vandersay.

The last saw Cummins hit a six “into orbit” as it landed in a patch of grass across the street from the stadium in one of the cleanest hits you’ve every seen.

But even though Cummins was seeing it like a beach ball and the match had lost four hours after the wild weather earlier in the day, the umpire called it quits 10 minutes early due to poor light.

Pat Cummins blasted 16 off an over, then went off for bad light. Photo: Fox Sports
Pat Cummins blasted 16 off an over, then went off for bad light. Photo: Fox Sports

The commentators were even perplexed by the call.

“Interestingly the umpires think the light is not good after the Australian captain hit one of the longest sixes, he hit it a mile.”

Former Aussie captain Mark Taylor was equally shocked.

“I was watching it on TV and I was shocked to see them going off,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“My wife said to me that it didn’t look that bad, and I know that the cameras can make it look better than it is, but it can’t have been too bad because ‘Cummo’ had just taken 16 off the last over.

“Sri Lanka’s quick bowler, Asitha Fernando, wasn’t bowling at the time. If he’d been bowling short stuff, well fair enough, but I don’t know who was in danger.

“I was as surprised as anyone when they went off.”

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