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36-ball spell in a T20I! A night to forget for Pathirana vs Bangladesh

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Mar. 5 (IND) - The first T20I of the three-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh went down the wire with the visitors holding their nerve to win by three runs. Despite losing early wickets, Bangladesh stayed in the hunt right till the end and Sri Lanka's bowling played a part in it as well.

At the end of IPL 2023, Matheesha Pathirana was touted to be the next superstar of Sri Lanka cricket with the ball. He had spent almost two months with the Chennai Super Kings and playing under skipper MS Dhoni, the youngster had flourished. But since then, in last nine months everything possible has gone wrong for Pathirana while playing for Sri Lanka at the international level. He endured a very tough ODI World Cup and amidst brilliance in one-odd game, the bowler with the slingy action is having a torrid time on the field.

Pathirana endured another such game in the first T20I against Bangladesh as Sri Lanka almost conceded the game after having the hosts reeling at 68/4 defending 206 runs. By then Matheesha Pathirana had also bowled a brilliant over picking up a wicket for just two runs. But Mahmudullah and Jaker Ali played proper T20 knocks, Sri Lanka began to crumble under pressure.

Expectedly, the pressure got to the 21-year-old Pathirana as well as he bowled as many as nine wides and three no balls making it a massive 36-ball spell in a T20I. After conceding only two runs in his first over, he ended the match with figures of 1/56 in his four overs. Such was the impact of his and Sri Lanka's poor bowling that Bangladesh needed 106 runs in eight overs and the equation literally came down to just 12 in the final over.

With Jaker Ali still in the middle, Bangladesh were favourites too but Dasun Shanaka kept his nerves and executed his plans beautifully as the visitors got out of a jail to take a lead in the series. Nevertheless, one has to commend Bangladesh, especially Mahmudullah and Ali, for smashing fifties. The latter was superb with his hitting skills and it didn't seem like playing only fourth match of his international career. However, Ali's 68-run knock off 34 balls went in vain as the hosts fell short by just three runs in the match.

But it was certainly a night to forget for Pathirana who is slated to feature for CSK yet again in the upcoming season of IPL.


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  • D P P Prasad Tuesday, 05 March 2024 12:32 PM

    Young Pathirana needs more and more experience. In order to become a world class speedster. Thus the gentleman like Malinga can guide and monitor this 21 years old fast bowler. Furthermore his peculiar action cannot be easily read by the any batsman in the world Therefore as MSD says the selectors should keep close eye on this young bowler in order to make him successful

    Karu Tuesday, 05 March 2024 12:59 PM

    We missed the easy catch when mahamadulla was 20s. Everything thing is connected

    Mohomed Tuesday, 05 March 2024 01:13 PM

    Great game nail biter...

    Golubella Sabatini Tuesday, 05 March 2024 01:40 PM

    He can bowl, but rather than putting him into the team just like that, at a practice net, get him to target his bowling between the wide lines at least, for 6 months, until Nuwan Thuishara does the job. This is nonsense.

    Kadmin Tuesday, 05 March 2024 01:45 PM

    Making mistakes and having bad days at the office are normal to anyone. What defines the character is how he will bounce back.

    RAVIP Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:40 PM

    DEW AND THE WET BALL DID THE DAMAGE TO PATHIRANA

    Cricketer Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:44 PM

    Why is Pathirana looking at the skies? Can't he face the camera ?

    shanthapriya Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:55 PM

    Very irresponsible and pathetic team selections by those responsible. its not matheesha pathirana s fault. he is still learning. But what our foolish men did. after sending down 2 expensive overs, he was brought back to bowl another over. Sl cricket players and officials playing paks at the expense of our whole criketing nation. Can anyone say they are wise enough to take responsibilities

    RuwanL Tuesday, 05 March 2024 03:17 PM

    Pathirana's erratic bowling may be due to the wet condition in the field. Fast bowling with a wet ball is very difficult!

    Cherath Tuesday, 05 March 2024 05:11 PM

    As has been said many times before, even if a bowler takes all ten wickets what good is that if he concedes 14 runs an over? No..its not an odd occasion, Pathirana does that 4 out of 5 times. He's wild and wayward - a world away from our own Vaas, Kehelgamuwa, Darrel Leivers and Massie, Lillee, Bedser

    Will they Tuesday, 05 March 2024 10:46 PM

    I am totally with you. SL are a weak cricketing team. After Murali and Malinga their focus is only on freek talents. Malinga did admirably well in his carrier. But after him the world did not see a similar bowler from any of the other cricking nations. Because they are not interested and not going in search or developing such talents. In contrast SL is hunting for them and including such partially cooked players in SL team in the hope they will emulate Maling.

    Citizen2023 Tuesday, 05 March 2024 08:13 PM

    When you strictly observe of his bowling, he doesnt seem to know where he should pitch the ball. Some senior cricketer should monitor this and his action and should advise him. It is not only the speed, but where the ball pitches. If he doesn't learn n improve his bowling in line with the wicket, he should be dropped. Not advisable to have a player in the team who is liable to give away 12 no-balls in four overs in a T20 fame.


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