Batsman Sri Lanka
February 12, 2018 Asela Gunaratne News
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Gunaratne snapped up three for 37 off seven overs in Sri Lanka's defeat to Zimbabwe in the second ODI of the Bangladesh Tri-Series.
A batsman by trade, Gunaratne proved quite handy with the ball as the specialist bowlers struggled, with Suranga Lakmal conceding seven an over, Gunaratne had the third-best economy of the attack and took a team-high three wickets including that of Hamilton Masakadza, Malcolm Waller and Peter Moor.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe batting allrounder hasn't played since July when he broke his thumb fielding in the first Test at Galle against India. While he's unlikely to be fit for the two Tests, Sri Lanka is hopeful that he'll be available for the five ODIs that follow, beginning on October 13.
Fantasy AnalysisGunaratne picked up the injury in the 14th over of the first innings, diving to his left and having the ball strike off the end of his thumb. He immediately showed signs of distress and quickly left the ground in pain, with his x-ray showing a serious fracture in his thumb. The injury will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks and he will be unable to return for the duration of the Test series, as well as ruling him out for the ODI and T20 portions of the tour as well. Against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test, he turned in a crucial unbeaten 80 in the fourth innings chase against Zimbabwe and picked up a pair of wickets with the ball in the first innings to boot.
Fantasy AnalysisOver 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.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile 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.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving 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.
Fantasy AnalysisSri 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisGunaratne 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.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisGunaratne 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.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter 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.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter 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.