Malinga-like 20-year-old Sri Lankan wreaks havoc in Asia Cup, best debut performance

By | September 1, 2023

Mathisa Pathirana who broke the back of Bangladesh’s batting, picked up big wickets rather than chasing big. This included the wicket of captain Shakib Al Hasan. Sri Lanka managed to restrict the opposition team to 164 runs thanks to Pathirana’s lethal bowling.

Pathirana took 4 wickets for 32 runs in 7.4 overs for Sri Lanka. The Bangladesh captain took the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan, veteran Mushfiqur Rahim, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman.

Pathirana’s bowling action of 20 years and 256 days is similar to that of Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga. Just as the batsmen failed to understand Malinga’s delivery, so did Parra’s delivery. After Malinga’s departure, Sri Lanka got a dangerous bowler like him

The youngster, who made his ODI debut against Afghanistan in June 2023, has played only 5 matches so far. Meanwhile, he has taken 8 wickets in his name. Even in List A cricket he has played only 7 matches. Pathirana’s talent earned him a place in the team despite his lack of experience at a young age

In the Indian Premier League, Pathirana was selected by the Chennai Super Kings team, one of the most successful teams. He got a chance to play under the captaincy of the great captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In the recent season, the youngster took 19 wickets in 12 IPL matches.

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