Full name Mahawaduge Dilruwan Kamalaneth Perera
Born July 22, 1982, Panadura
Current age 32 years 310 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira South, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Colts Cricket Club, Panadura Sports Club, Southern Express, Sri Lanka Board XI
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Sri Sumangala College, Panadura
|Test debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Jan 16-20, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Oct 13, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Dec 16, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, Nov 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sinhalese Sports Club v Colts Cricket Club at Dambulla, Mar 13-15, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Dec 16, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Galle Cricket Club at Colombo (Police), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Colts Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (SSC), Apr 9, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 0/20||Colts||v Sinhalese||Colombo (SSC)||9 Apr 2015||T20|
|0/26||Colts||v SLPACC||Colombo (Bloomfield)||8 Apr 2015||T20|
|0/10||Colts||v Nondescripts||Colombo (NCC)||7 Apr 2015||T20|
|5/65||Colts||v Sinhalese||Dambulla||13 Mar 2015||FC|
|7/101, 1/30||Colts||v Ragama||Colombo (Colts)||27 Feb 2015||FC|
|18, 5/26, 10, 1/63||Colts||v Bloomfield||Colombo (Bloomfield)||20 Feb 2015||FC|
|1/67, 3, 3/51, 31||Colts||v Nondescripts||Colombo (Colts)||13 Feb 2015||FC|
|4/54, 19, 3/40, 12||Colts||v Badureliya||Kaluthara||30 Jan 2015||FC|
|1/55, 4, 4/118, 21*||Colts||v Tamil Union||Colombo (Colts)||23 Jan 2015||FC|
|3/45, 30, 2/63||Colts||v SL Air SC||Katunayake||16 Jan 2015||FC|
A classical offspinner with an easy, fluent action, Dilruwan Perera had been among Sri Lanka's steadiest first-class performers, before being rewarded with the second spinner's berth in the Test squad, in 2014. It was with the bat that he made his first impression in Tests: Perera came within five runs of scoring a century on debut, against Pakistan at Sharjah, but he asserted himself as a bowler soon enough. His second-innings five-wicket haul helped wipe Bangladesh out in Dhaka, less than two weeks later.
No big turner of the ball, and possessing only an arm ball as a variation, Perera's strengths lie in accuracy and persistence. He has honed those skills by practicing spot-bowling intensively, on the advice of Muttiah Muralitharan, one of Perera's idols, alongside Saqlain Mushtaq. In his time in the Test side, Perera has proved a good fit for the attack's ethos of squeezing wickets from the opposition, and he has also been a fine partner for Rangana Herath when the two bowl from opposite ends.
Perera had made rapid progress since starting his career at Sri Sumangala College, Panadura. He toured Australia with the Sri Lanka Under-19 team and, after he made his first-class debut for Panadura Sports Club, was drafted into the A side in 2001. He played one season for Chilaw Marians Cricket Club and holds the bowling record for the Under-23s with 55 wickets from seven matches in 2004.
He had had some success in A team tours to England and Zimbabwe with both bat and ball, but continued to develop as a bowler through his time at Sri Lanka's Spin Bowling Academy, where he was coached by former offspinners Ashley Mallett and Ruwan Kalpage.
In limited-overs cricket, Perera earned a call-up to Sri Lanka's squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa after Muralitharan was ruled out due to injury. He made his ODI debut at home against England in 2007. He forms an integral part of the Colombo Colts domestic side, which he has now represented for 10 years.
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