Bowler Sri Lanka
February 12, 2018 Nuwan Pradeep News
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Pradeep snapped up three for 28 off eight overs including two maidens in Sri Lanka's victory over Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI of the series.
An excellent first-class bowler, Pradeep has struggled to really put things together at the international level. However, he put up his best bowled innings against Zimbabwe in a masterful display of control, bowling 34 dot balls across his 48 deliveries with a pair of maidens and just the second time he's taken more than two wickets in an innings.
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Fantasy AnalysisSeemingly the only bowler in form for Sri Lanka, taking a career-best six-for in the first innings at Galle, Pradeep's injury is crushing to a team that already lacks even passable seamers. Pradeep has been afflicted with the injury bug for much of his career, which makes this disappointing, but far from surprising as he was a late fitness test coming into the series. His timetable requires at least two weeks to heal, which could put him back into contention for the ODI series, which begins two weeks from now on August 20.
Fantasy AnalysisThe quick bowler marked his return to cricket following a hamstring injury with his first six-for and first haul of wickets over four. He finished with personal career best figures in test cricket of six for 132 off 31 overs with two maidens. This included the wickets of India's top four.
Fantasy AnalysisThe pace bowler picked up a hamstring concern that sidelined him for two weeks, but his return to fitness means the end of Dushmanatha Chameera in the attack for the Test squad. With 24 Tests under his belt, he has an average of 42.98 and took his sixth-career four-for in his last Test innings against South Africa in January at Johannesburg.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Pradeep has shown his class at the domestic T20 level, he's been given just two caps in T20I's including at Centurion against South Africa in January. However, he was not selected during Sri Lanka's 2-1 series victory over Australia as he struggles to get consistent run in the Sri Lanka international squad across any of the three formats. He did bag a four-for in the first innings of the final Test at Johannesburg, but in a 3-0 whitewashing, there were few positives to take away for Sri Lanka. He'll look to return to the Test squad for their upcoming pair of Test matches in March against Bangladesh.
Fantasy AnalysisPradeep looked as if he was fit to play but aggravated his injury just before Sunday's toss. While he's not typically a part of the ODI squad, he participated in six during Sri Lanka's tour of Ireland and England. The pace bowler will be replaced not with a seamer, but rather with Angelo Perera, a middle-order batsman.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a brutal first innings with the bat, Pradeep was one of the saving graces with the ball in the first Test of the series. As the only true pace bowler who made the squad, Sri Lanka will be left reeling against an Australia side who will be chomping at the bit to even up the series. Pradeep was one of the most experienced bowlers in the Sri Lankan attack and could be replaced by either Vishwa Fernando or Asitha Fernando, both of whom would be making their debutante appearance for the Test side if Pradeep can't go.
Fantasy AnalysisEngland didn't have much trouble reaching the boundaries during his various spells, but Pradeep did contribute to an early cascade of wickets. Residing at 72/4 in the 16th, the seamer induced Eoin Morgan into a catch to the keeper, breaking up a 42-run stand with Jos Buttler. After drinks, Pradeep's very next over included a four from Moeen Ali, but the Englishman proceeded to offer a return catch for his second wicket.
Fantasy AnalysisThe pace bowler took five maidens and held a 2.46 economy, more than a run better than his test average, in the second innings after a tough first innings. While he adds virtually nothing as a batsman, Pradeep's bowling ability is strong enough to make up for that.