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Upul Tharanga      

Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 30 years 209 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 20 36 1 1113 165 31.80 2080 53.50 1 5 156 6 13 0
ODIs 180 172 9 5407 174* 33.17 7342 73.64 13 28 624 28 33 0
T20Is 10 10 0 131 37 13.10 115 113.91 0 0 12 3 1 0
First-class 117 195 7 7342 265* 39.05 17 28 84 1
List A 292 281 13 8933 174* 33.33 11838 75.46 20 50 77 2
Twenty20 59 58 3 1521 83* 27.65 1205 126.22 0 11 176 45 24 5
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 180 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 117 18 4 0 - - - 1.33 - 0 0 0
List A 292 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 59 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele, Jul 3-7, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dambulla, Aug 2, 2005 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jul 19, 2015 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 v Pakistan at Pallekele, Jul 3-7, 2015 scorecard
List A debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (NCC), Sep 20, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jul 19, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Badureliya Sports Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Apr 9, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0, 52 SL Pres. XI v Indians Colombo (RPS) 6 Aug 2015 Other
16 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Colombo (RPS) 19 Jul 2015 ODI # 3670
28 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 15 Jul 2015 ODI # 3669
20 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Dambulla 11 Jul 2015 ODI # 3664
46, 48 Sri Lanka v Pakistan Pallekele 3 Jul 2015 Test # 2169
35, 50 SL Pres. XI v Pakistanis Colombo (Colts) 11 Jun 2015 Other
0 Nondescripts v Badureliya Colombo (SSC) 9 Apr 2015 T20
7 Nondescripts v Colts Colombo (NCC) 7 Apr 2015 T20
82 Nondescripts v SLPACC Colombo (NCC) 6 Apr 2015 T20
30 Nondescripts v Bloomfield Colombo (Colts) 5 Apr 2015 T20
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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Jul 15, 2015

Upul Tharanga loses his off stump, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele, July 15, 2015

Upul Tharanga loses his off stump

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Jul 3, 2015

Upul Tharanga clips one to the leg side, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day, July 3, 2015

Upul Tharanga clips one to the leg side

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Jul 2, 2015

Upul Tharanga prepares to bat in the nets, Pallekele, July 2, 2015

Upul Tharanga prepares to bat in the nets

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Results
North Z (BD) v South Z (BD) at Dhaka - May 9-13, 2014
South Z (BD) won by 213 runs
Cent Z (BD) v North Z (BD) at Savar (3) - May 3-6, 2014
North Z (BD) won by 51 runs
East Z (BD) v South Z (BD) at Savar (4) - May 3-5, 2014
South Z (BD) won by 6 wickets
Dhaka Metro v Rajshahi Div at Chittagong - Apr 19-22, 2014
Rajshahi Div won by 4 wickets
Khulna Div v Dhaka Div at Cox's Bazar - Apr 19-22, 2014
Dhaka Div won by 5 wickets
Rangpur Div v Barisal Div at Fatullah (Outer) - Apr 19-22, 2014
Rangpur Div won by an innings and 25 runs
Sylhet Div v Chittagong D at Savar (3) - Apr 19-22, 2014
Chittagong D won by 258 runs
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