CricketSri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka gets bail after being charged with rape a Sydney
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Sri Lankan batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been granted bail on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney earlier this month.

Gunathilaka was arrested in the early hours of November 6, soon after Sri Lanka’s exit from the T20 World Cup, and charged with four charges of having sex without consent.

Two applications for his release were rejected, but the third has been successful, according to a local court document at the Sydney Downing Centre, which has spent the past 11 days in custody.

The 31-year-old accused has been in jail on remand for 11 days after four charges of having sex without consent.

He appeared in his prison court at sydney downing centre on Thursday and asked to furnish a USD 200,000 bond for release. Under strict bail conditions, Gunathilaka has been barred from using his existing Facebook and Instagram accounts except in the presence of his legal representations.

Gunathilaka, who played eight Tests, 47 ODIs and 46 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka, is also banned from using any dating profile and will not be able to leave Australia after submitting his passport.

A day after Gunathilaka was charged following a police investigation, Sri Lanka Cricket announced that the 31-year-old had been suspended from all forms of the game and its own panel had been appointed to investigate the incident.

Police have alleged that Danushka Gunathilaka matched up with a woman on a dating app and they interacted several times before meeting on November 2. According to police, the two had consumed alcohol in the city before heading back to the woman’s home in Sydney’s eastern suburb.

Danushka Gunathilaka allegedly ignored the woman’s request for “taking slow” and instead strangled and assaulted the 29-year-old woman in her own house.  The top-order batsman allegedly forced himself on the woman when the couple walked into the bedroom.

Police claimed that the woman was uncomfortable and agreed to continue sexual activity only if Gunatilka wore a condom.

“She protested, but eventually relented,” police documents submitted to the court said. The woman later found a condom on the floor next to the bed, the court was told.Police alleged that the woman was “in shock” and had not consented to sex without a condom.

According to police claims, he again asked her to use condoms, but she refused and forcibly indulged in sexual activity.