Batsman Sri Lanka Nickname: Dana
July 11, 2017 Danushka Gunathilaka News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Gunathilaka slowly worked his way to 52 off 86 including five boundaries in Monday's defeat to Zimbabwe at Hambantota.
Gunathilaka was the man in form for the series, recording three half-centuries and one hundred in the five-match series while even taking a wicket with the ball. The 26-year-old certainly made a name for himself, with Monday's half-century giving him eight scores of fifty-plus in his 25 innings, giving him a chance to be the next big Sri Lankan cricketer.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe Sri Lankan opener put on 117 with Kusal Mendis for the second wicket falling Dickwella's dismissal in the fifth over with the score on 16. Gunathilaka hit a slightly slow 60 from 77 balls in an innings that included five fours and a six. He bowled two overs for no reward, going for 13 runs off of these.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Sri Lankan side said they needed a "perfect game" to beat England in Cardiff, but Gunathilaka was one of the few who delivered. The allrounder was fierce and stingy with the ball in the first innings, baiting the English batsmen with false opportunities. He lured James Vince past the crease on a short delivery stumped by Dinesh Chandimal in the 19th over, then claimed the scalps of Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow off catches in the 25th and 33rd, respectively. In the second innings, Gunathilaka tallied fell just shy of a half-century, reaching a team-leading batting strike rate of 106.66.
Fantasy AnalysisGunathilaka lost fellow opener Kusal Perera in the second over, but Kusal Mendis' arrival on the track steadied the first innings for the visitors. Mendis was far more deliberate on his end, cranking out 13 fours during their stand, which weathered a two-hour stoppage due to a steady drizzle. Despite building upon the 119 runs accrued together prior to the delay, the pair scored at a run-per-ball pace before Mendis looped the ninth ball to the covers, where Liam Plunkett sent off Sri Lanka's eventual top scorer. Surviving less than four overs longer than his teammate, Gunathilaka's lofted shot in the 24th found none other than Moeen Ali at mid-off. An innings propped up by four half centuries is typically enough to fend off an opponent, but Jason Roy (162 off 118) made sure England didn't leave a game shortened to 42 overs per side without the win.