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Asela Gunaratne

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Sri Lanka

Birthdate:  January 1, 2000    Nationality:  Sri Lanka    

July 19, 2017    Asela Gunaratne News

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Gunaratne was named man of the match in Sri Lanka's victory over Zimbabwe on Tuesday with his performance with both bat and ball.

Over two innings, Gunaratne produced scores of 45 and a superb 80 not out to win the game for the home side when chasing a record 387 for Sri Lanka. With the ball, he bowled seven overs for 28 runs while taking two wickets. Gunaratne also took a catch in the first innings.

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Gunaratne slowly worked his way to 59 off 81 not out including four boundaries in Monday's defeat to Zimbabwe at Hambantota.

Fantasy Analysis

While his primary role is as a batsman, Gunaratne has taken on allround responsibilities and has seen his work with the bat falter a bit. However, on Monday, he shined with both the bat and the ball, reaching his first ODI half-century in 17 innings with the bat while bowling one for 23 off four overs with the ball to more than keep his side competitive. While a batsman by trade, his figures of seven for 177 with the ball made him one of the better options for Sri Lanka over the series made him one of the more economical options for Sri Lanka over the course of the series.
Gunaratne hit an unbeaten 70 and took a wicket in a loss to Australia by two wickets on Friday.

Fantasy Analysis

Having underachieved lately with the bat, Gunaratne turned it around in this innings with a well-compiled 70 where he was not out at the end of the innings. His innings included 8 fours and two sixes, and came from just 56 balls at the back end of the Sri Lankan innings. With the ball in hand, Gunaratne took the wicket of tail-ender James Pattinson for 9, clean bowling him.
Gunaratne hit 85 from 134 in the first innings against Bangladesh this week.

Fantasy Analysis

Sri Lanka's fifth man up notched a hefty 85 at Galle this week, in a respectable performance that was completely eclipsed by a 194-run monster effort from Kusal Mendis. The Gunaratne-Mendis partnership was far and away the most productive of the first innings, producing 196 runs in a marathon fourth-wicket stand. The 31-year-old batsman hit seven boundaries in his three-hour tenure, all fours. In the 83rd over, he was bowled out with a new ball from Taskin Ahmed.
Gunaratne was named to Sri Lanka's Test squad for their upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh, ESPN Cric Info reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 31-year-old didn't make his international debut until a year ago, but has come on strongly ever since. After a number of convincing performances against South Africa in their ODI series earlier in February and following that up with a pair of half-centuries against Australia in T20I's, Gunaratne earned this call-up. In his two Test caps, he's recorded a half-century and a century and sports an average of 75.
Gunaratne blasted 84 unbeaten runs from 46 balls in Sri Lanka's trilling last-ball win over Australia in the second T20I Sunday.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne ransacked Australia in the last two overs of Sri Lanka's chase, helping the team score 36 from the last 12 balls - the most runs scored from the last two overs to win a match in T20I history - including a final-ball boundary to seal the game. The 31-year-old batsman brought up his fifty with a massive six from 38 balls, he hit six fours and five sixes overall. Sri Lanka is a perfect 5-0 in T20Is in Australia, that record is second only to Pakistan who have won six on the trot in Zimbabwe.
Gunaratne hit his maiden ODI century for Sri Lanka despite their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final ODI match.

Fantasy Analysis

The allrounder had a mixed bag of a game, succeeding with the bat but was expensive with his five overs that went for 46 runs. His century came at almost a run-a-ball, finishing with 114 not out from 117 balls. This included two sixes and 14 fours, but more importantly came at a time where Sri Lanka were four wickets down for 70 runs when Gunaratne came in to bat.
Gunaratne snatched three for 10 off 4.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe in the finals of the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series.

Fantasy Analysis

Gunaratne made his ODI debut at the beginning of this tournament and quickly took to the format. The 30-year-old needed fewer than five overs to snatch the final three wickets, ending Zimbabwe's afternoon in the 37th over and did so at an economy that would make even a Test bowler pleased. After making his international debut in February, 2016 has been extremely kind to Gunaratne as he looks like an integral part of the Sri Lankan side for both ODI's and Tests.
Gunaratne took three for 21 off 6.3 overs in Sri Lanka's ODI victory over Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After impressing in his Test debut, hitting for a half-century in his first innings and a century in his second career Test, he translated his strong form with the bat over to his work with the ball. His third and final wicket ended Zimbabwe's afternoon on 154, which Sri Lanka needed less than half of their allotted overs to reach. Gunaratne will be a vital part of the Sri Lanka attack throughout the Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series, which sees their next fixture come on Wednesday at Harare against the West Indies.
Gunaratne totaled 116 off 193 in the first innings of Sri Lanka's second Test against Zimbabwe.

Fantasy Analysis

After making his debut in the first Test of the series, Gunaratne wasted no time in picking up his first Test hundred. With just one international cap coming into this series, a T20I against India in February, the 30-year-old is having a renaissance of form, even if it is against Zimbabwe. He'll look to carry his strong form into the second innings as he looks to consolidate his place in the Test squad moving forward.