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Avishka Gunawardene      

Full name Dihan Avishka Gunawardene

Born May 26, 1977, Colombo

Current age 37 years 208 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Delhi Giants, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Sinhalese Sports Club

Batting style Left-hand bat

Dihan Avishka Gunawardene
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 11 0 181 43 16.45 323 56.03 0 0 33 0 2 0
ODIs 61 61 1 1708 132 28.46 2389 71.49 1 12 210 5 13 0
First-class 129 199 11 6680 209 35.53 12 40 67 0
List A 184 183 4 5362 132 29.95 6 35 45 0
Twenty20 6 6 1 85 29* 17.00 77 110.38 0 0 11 2 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 61 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 129 18 28 0 - - - 9.33 - 0 0 0
List A 184 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, Mar 4-8, 1999 scorecard
Last Test India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Dec 10-14, 2005 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (SSC), Jan 26, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Jan 3, 2006 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1996/97
Last First-class Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (PSS), Nov 13-15, 2009 scorecard
List A debut 1996/97
Last List A Sinhalese Sports Club v Badureliya Sports Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 11, 2009 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Burgher Recreation Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Sinhalese Sports Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Mar 1, 2007 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
- Sinhalese v Tamil Union Colombo (PSS) 13 Nov 2009 FC
7 Sinhalese v Badureliya Colombo (SSC) 11 Nov 2009 LA
20* Sinhalese v Nondescripts Colombo (NCC) 6 Nov 2009 FC
64 Delhi Giants v Chandigarh Panchkula 5 Nov 2008 Other T20
17 Delhi Giants v ICL Hyd Panchkula 1 Nov 2008 Other T20
22 Delhi Giants v Dhaka Ahmedabad 20 Oct 2008 Other T20
25 Delhi Giants v Bengal Hyderabad (Deccan) 16 Oct 2008 Other T20
22 Delhi Giants v Ahmedabad Hyderabad (Deccan) 12 Oct 2008 Other T20
35 Delhi Giants v Bengal Gurgaon 30 Mar 2008 Other T20
28 Delhi Giants v ICL Hyd Gurgaon 24 Mar 2008 Other T20
Profile

An explosive left-hand opener in the mould of Sanath Jayasuriya, Gunawardene lives on the wild side. He first made headlines at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, scoring a century and top-scoring in the semi-final defeat to South Africa. A few months later, deputising for Jayasuriya, he smashed 145 off 20 overs with Kaluwitharana in an audacious attempt to reach 311 against Australia at Melbourne. He scored a career-best 132 against West Indies in the ICC Knockout in 2000. But impetuous dismissals and inconsistency prevented him from securing a regular berth. However, the appointment of a new selection committee in 2004 paved the way for his recall and he leapfrogged ahead of other fringe players. An opportunity finally came when Atapattu was rested in the Asia Cup and he grabbed his chance with an important half-century. Gunawardene was called up for Sri Lanka's Test squad to India in November 2005 but did nothing of note in the two matches he had handed. He also travelled with the one-day squad to New Zealand in the new year but failed in the one game he played. In September 2007 Gunawardene joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League, effectively ending his international career. A ban on he and four other Sri Lankans was lifted in September 2008, meaning Gunawardene was free to play domestic cricket back home.

Charlie Austin (September 2008)

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Oct 12, 2008

Ahmedabad celebrate the wicket of Avishka Gunawardene, Ahmedabad Rockets v Delhi Giants, ICL, Hyderabad, October 12, 2008

Ahmedabad celebrate the wicket of Avishka Gunawardene

© ICL

Dec 16, 2005

Resistance is pointless: Avishka Gunawardene presses on, Ahmedabad, December 16, 2005

Resistance is pointless: Avishka Gunawardene presses on

© AFP

Aug 28, 2005

Avishka Gunawardene and Upul Tharanga scored unbeaten centuries to defeat Bangladesh by ten wickets, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka Cricket XI, Moratuwa, August 28, 2005

Avishka Gunawardene and Upul Tharanga scored unbeaten centuries to defeat Bangladesh by ten wickets

© AFP

Country Fixtures Country Results
NZ XI v Sri Lankans at Queenstown
Dec 21-22, 2014 (11:00 local | 22:00 GMT | 17:00 EST | 16:00 CST | 14:00 PST)
Final: Colts v Sinhalese at Colombo (RPS)
Dec 21, 2014 (09:45 local | 04:15 GMT | 23:15 EST | 22:15 CST | 20:15 PST)
1st Test: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch
Dec 26-30, 2014 (11:00 local | 22:00 GMT | 17:00 EST | 16:00 CST | 14:00 PST)
2nd Test: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington
Jan 3-7, 2015 (11:00 local | 22:00 GMT | 17:00 EST | 16:00 CST | 14:00 PST)
Group A: Colts v Ragama at Colombo (Colts)
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group B: Moors v SLPACC at Colombo (Moors)
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group A: Nondescripts v SL Air SC at Colombo (NCC)
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group B: Sinhalese v Chilaw at Colombo (SSC)
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group B: SL Army v Col CC at Panagoda
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
Group A: Tamil Union v Bloomfield at Colombo (PSS)
Jan 9-11, 2015 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 23:30 EST | 22:30 CST | 20:30 PST)
1st ODI: Pak Women v SL Women at Sharjah
Jan 9, 2015 ()
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