40-Year-Old Bowler Sri Lanka
February 11, 2018 Rangana Herath News
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Herath toppled four for 49 off 11.3 overs including one maiden in the second innings of Sri Lanka's second Test victory over Bangladesh.
Expensive in his last few Tests, Herath took dead-aim at the stumps and, while a bit expensive (conceding at 4.26 an over) he and Akila Dananjaya took nine wickets in just 16.3 overs to end Bangladesh's second innings at just 123. This was the 39-year-old's first time taking four-plus wickets since September against Pakistan in the UAE, a span of 10 innings, and his 20th four-for overall.
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Fantasy AnalysisBatting at No. 9 and more known for his bowling than his skill with the bat, Herath scored 67 extremely important runs to put buckets of pressure on the Indian batsmen. The half-century was just the 39-year-old's third in 132 Test innings, a fact all the more remarkable when juxtaposed with his 33 fifers and nine 10-wicket hauls. Unfortunately, despite building a nice cushion in the first innings, they were forced to scrap for a draw while defending against the energized Indian attack.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath had pulled up with a bad back in the second innings of the second Test and has bowled a ton of overs of late, bowling more than 160 overs across the past three matches. While he did take a four-for in the first innings-even with a bum finger, injured in the first match-the 39-year-old is due for a rest, particularly with a Test series against Pakistan on the horizon and India already up 2-0 in the three-match series.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath was extremely expensive in the first innings of the series, taking just one for 159 off 40 overs, though through his heavy workload, he actually posted a team-best economy of 3.97 for the innings. He bowled just nine overs in the second innings and it was later revealed that his finger, while not swollen, is still causing him pain. If he cannot play, the selectors are remaining mum as to whom would replace him, but Sri Lanka did get some positive news with the likely return of their skipper, Dinesh Chandimal, who had pneumonia and missed the first Test.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite not being named man of the match, Herath was named man of the series for the one off test match against Zimbabwe, which resulted in a four wicket win for Sri Lanka. Herath returned figures of five wickets for 116 off 32 overs and six wickets for 133 from 39.1 overs in the second innings. Herath also hit 22 runs from 30 balls in the first innings, not being required for the successful chase in the second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Sri Lanka captain's six-for bowled Bangladesh out for 197 runs, 259 short of their target and took him to the third win on the trot as captain. Herath wrecked the low-order, removing the last six batsmen in the order including Mahmudullah Riyad for zero. The 38-year-old became the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests with a total 366 wickets in 79 matches, passing Daniel Vettori's 362.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving already taken five wickets in the Zimbabwe's first innings, Herath has repeated the performance in the second innings with still three wickets to be taken on the fifth day of the match for Sri Lanka to win. These wickets come from 16 overs, having conceded 45 runs from these.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter taking six wickets in the first Test against Zimbabwe, Herath continued his strong form by taking his 27th five-for in his 75th Test. Herath has long been one of the top Test bowlers, currently coming in at fourth in the ICC Rankings and has been a big reason why Sri Lanka's found success of late. He'll look to continue his strong form in the final innings to consolidate the sweep.
Fantasy AnalysisThe performance of Herath in the first and second innings meant he was justly awarded both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series award, taking 13 wickets in this Test and 28 in total for the series. The spinner was at the heart of the Australian collapse in the second innings, as the visitors fell from 100 for the loss of two wickets to 160 all out, handing Sri Lanka a 3-0 series whitewash.
Fantasy AnalysisThe star spinner of Sri Lanka's historic demolition of the Australian batting unit was forced back to the pavilion Sunday after a nasty hit to the groin from a bouncing Josh Hazlewood delivery. Herath was unable to return to add to his 33-run first-innings total, but managed to shake off the pain in the tea break to return in the second. In 13 overs with the ball, Herath gave up 36 runs but claimed no wickets.
Fantasy AnalysisThe veteran Sri Lankan spinner made light work of Australia's middle order, taking four cheap wickets as the visiting side crumbled to 106 all out in their first innings. Herath's wickets included the Australian captain Steve Smith and batsman Adam Voges. Herath also contributed with the bat, making 26 in an important 61-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera at the back end of the Sri Lankan second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath's absurdly stingy tally would probably have earned him the Man of the Match title, were it not for Kusal Mendis' phenomenal 176-run demolition of the Australian bowling unit. Herath, the 38-year-old left-arm bowler, will have to make do with five Australian scalps for just 54 runs conceded and a downright miserly economy rate of 1.61 in the second innings. Opening batsman David Warner was the first to fall to Herath's attack, as he was bowled out for just a single run in the second over. Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith and Steve O'Keefe were also among Herath's haul in an innings where the visitors managed just 1.81 runs per over.
Fantasy AnalysisThe veteran left-armer recorded impressive figures of four for 49 from 25 overs. Herath, along with debutant Lakshan Sandakan, restricted the away side to an agreeable sore, meaning Sri Lanka trailed by 86 runs as they headed into their second innings. The four-wicket haul was Herath's third in Pallekele in just four innings, and he took three scalps in the other.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Sri Lanka's fourth match of the World Cup, Herath suffered a laceration on his spinning finger that required four stitches to patch. Upon their removal, an infection delayed his return, and he was eventually ruled out in advance of a quarterfinal loss to South Africa. While his health appears to be intact, his SLC T20 squad, Tamil Union, was eliminated from the tournament, leaving his next appearance, domestic or otherwise, up in the air.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath recently had stitches removed from his spinning finger, but a subsequent infection slowed his recovery. In all likelihood, fellow spinner Seekkuge Prasanna will enter Sri Lanka's XI.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath suffered a laceration on his spinning finger as group play was winding down, resulting in his absence from Sri Lanka's past two contests. In the first four World Cup fixtures, he took three wickets while yielding 4.48 runs per over. However, if he fails to receive clearance, Seekkuge Prasanna is Herath's likely replacement in the playing XI.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath has yet to bowl in the nets, but there is a belief that he'll include the activity in Sunday's training session. Prior to sitting out Sri Lanka's final two games of group play due to a laceration on his spinning finger, he toppled three wickets while giving up 4.48 runs per over in the first four World Cup fixtures.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath will thus miss two games due to the laceration sustained on his spinning finger on Mar. 1 against England. If his countrymen qualify for the knockout stages, he'll have an additional week to recover before the first such match takes place on Mar. 18 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter sustaining a laceration on his spinning finger on Mar. 1, Herath was handed a return timetable of 7-to-10 days. The tail end coincides with Wednesday's game, but his doubtful availability seems to imply that further recovery is required. If he remains sidelined, Seekkuge Prasanna is the prime candidate to remain in Sri Lanka's XI.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter two examinations, the SLC has determined that Herath is expected to heal within 7-to-10 days, meaning the best-case scenario will still likely fall short of landing on Sri Lanka's XI on Sunday. As a precaution, Seekkuge Prasanna has been called to Australia in case the injury eventually brings Herath's World Cup to an early end. Herath has so far been a staple of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, taking three wickets for a 52.00 average and 4.48 economy rate across four games.
Fantasy AnalysisHerath's sole wicket stopped Brandon McCullum's magical opening innings, as the Kiwi's strike reached the ropes but couldn't get past Jeevan Mendis in the deep. Bringing a sense of steadiness to a bowling unit that was bashed around Saturday, Herath stopped most comers with the second-most economical overs among Sri Lankan bowlers. After capturing wickets in all four ODIs this year, he'll carry a 31.40 average and 4.13 economy into his next game on Sunday, Feb. 22, against Afghanistan.