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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Dilshan creates a new batting record for Sri Lanka

[caption id="attachment_4305" align="alignright" width="460" caption="Tillakaratne Dilshan"]Tillakaratne Dilshan[/caption]

Anjana Jayashan reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 19 August, ( Sri Lanka's new opening batsman Tillekeratne Dishan creates a new batting Sri Lankan record, at the Galle International Stadium yesterday (August 18), posting a half century in 30 balls against touring New Zealand team.

Till he writes the country’s Test cricket history, the record was held by Sri Lanka’s one time captain Arjuna Ranatunga who is now a parliamentarian representing the ruling party. Ranatunga had scored 50 runs in 31 balls against India in 1986-87 . He also captained Sri Lanka team which won the Cricket World Cup in 1996.

The world record in this category is presently held by South Africa’s J.H.Kallis , who scored the fastest fifty in 24 balls against Zimbabwe in 2004-5, at Cape Town, South Africa.

Dilshan who maintained a good average in One Day Internationals (ODIs) in this season has been promoted as an opening batsman. He so far has played 55 Test matches and maintained an average of 41.11 with eight hundreds and 12 fifties. He has so far played in 160 ODIs, with two hundreds and 16 half centuries. He is wicketkeeper and a bowler too. In bowling, his best in a Tes match was 4 for 10 and in the ODIs four wickets for 29 runs.

In yesterday’s match, he scored 92 runs in 72 balls. At the close of Play, Sri Lanka stood as 293 for three wickets, with Mahela Jayawardena (108) and Thilan Sanmaraweera (82) and both batsmen remained unbeaten.

- Asian Tribune -

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