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Upul Tharanga      

Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 29 years 321 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Kandurata Maroons, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka Board XI

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Warushavithana Upul Tharanga
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 19 34 1 1019 165 30.87 1941 52.49 1 5 144 6 13 0
ODIs 176 168 9 5339 174* 33.57 7253 73.61 13 28 617 28 33 0
T20Is 10 10 0 131 37 13.10 115 113.91 0 0 12 3 1 0
First-class 110 182 6 6791 265* 38.58 16 26 77 1
List A 288 277 13 8865 174* 33.57 11749 75.45 20 50 77 2
Twenty20 52 52 3 1349 83* 27.53 1103 122.30 0 10 156 38 15 5
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 19 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 176 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 110 18 4 0 - - - 1.33 - 0 0 0
List A 288 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 52 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dambulla, Aug 2, 2005 scorecard
Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack, Nov 2, 2014 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 2000/01
Last First-class Sri Lanka A v West Indies A at Moratuwa, Oct 25-28, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (NCC), Sep 20, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Nondescripts Cricket Club v Chilaw Marians Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Dec 16, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Udarata Rulers v Southern Express at Colombo (SSC), Jul 2, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
56 Nondescripts v Chilaw Colombo (NCC) 16 Dec 2014 LA
56 Nondescripts v SL Air SC Colombo (NCC) 14 Dec 2014 LA
2 Nondescripts v Colts Colombo (NCC) 11 Dec 2014 LA
23 Nondescripts v SLPACC Colombo (NCC) 9 Dec 2014 LA
118* Nondescripts v Moors Colombo (Moors) 5 Dec 2014 LA
28 Sri Lanka v India Cuttack 2 Nov 2014 ODI # 3539
76 Sri Lankans v India A Mumbai (BS) 30 Oct 2014 Other OD
77, 4 Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A Moratuwa 25 Oct 2014 FC
16, 40 Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A Matara 18 Oct 2014 FC
4 Sri Lanka A v W. Indies A Hambantota 11 Oct 2014 FC
Profile

Upul Tharanga's call-up to the national one-day squad in July 2005 brightened a year marred by the Asian tsunami, which washed away his family home in Ambalangoda, a fishing town on the west coast. From an early age he was tipped for the big time, playing Premier League cricket for Singha CC at the age of 15 and passing seamlessly and successfully through the Sri Lanka under-15, under-17 and under-19 development squads. He first really caught the eye during the under-19 World Cup in 2004 when he cracked 117 against South Africa and then 61 in 42 balls against India in the next game. Then, after a successful tour with the under-19 team to Pakistan, during which he scored half-centuries in each of the two Tests and two one-day matches, the Sri Lankan board sent him to play league cricket in Essex, where he starred for Loughton Cricket Club. He soon graduated to the A team and after accomplished performances against West Indies A earlier he was selected for the national squad a week later. However, it was on the 2006 tour of England that he really began to develop, especially in the one-day game, with an outstanding century at Lord's in the first match of Sri Lanka's 5-0 whitewash. Back-to-back centuries followed in the Champions Trophy and he was formed a destructive partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya without having to compromise his natural flair. He is also a skillful wicketkeeper.
Charlie Austin February 2007

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Oct 30, 2014

Upul Tharanga scored the only fifty in the Sri Lankan innings, Indians v Sri Lanka A, one-dayer, Mumbai, October 30, 2014

Upul Tharanga scored the only fifty in the Sri Lankan innings

© BCCI

Oct 8, 2014

Carlos Brathwaite and Upul Tharanga shake hands at the start of the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, Colombo, October 8, 2014

Carlos Brathwaite and Upul Tharanga shake hands at the start of the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka

© Manoj Ridimahaliyadda

Aug 30, 2014

Upul Tharanga scored 14, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014

Upul Tharanga scored 14

© AFP

Tour Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Jan 28, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 2 runs (D/L method)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 26, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Jan 23, 2013
Australia won by 32 runs
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 20, 2013
No result
Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Jan 18, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 180 balls remaining)
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