ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Dimuth Karunaratne
Full name Frank Dimuth Madushanka Karunaratne
Born April 21, 1988, Colombo
Current age 25 years 236 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s, Sri Lanka Under-20s School
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education St. Joseph's College, Colombo
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Galle, Nov 17-19, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), Mar 16-19, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Sri Lanka at Manchester, Jul 9, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Hambantota, Nov 12, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 14-16, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka A v Sri Lanka Board XI at Colombo (SSC), Oct 22-25, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sinhalese Sports Club v Chilaw Marians Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 19, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sinhalese Sports Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Dec 12, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Sri Lanka A v Ireland at Colombo (SSC), Feb 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Basnahira Greens v Uthura Yellows at Colombo (RPS), Aug 10, 2013 scorecard|
Dimuth Karunaratne is a solid left-hand opening batsman, and another alumnus of the St Joseph's College side that produced Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, whom he also played with in the Sri Lanka Under-19 side. Karunaratne made his first class debut for Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in 2008, but had a quiet first season, batting largely in the middle order.
He secured a place in the top order in 2009, and began to score more consistently thereafter. His maiden first-class century, against Colts Cricket Club, heralded a deluge of 1186 runs in the season, at an average of 56.54. His prolific form earnt him a call-up for the Sri Lanka A team against visiting South Africa A, where he again impressed, making 184 against an attack that included Vernon Philander.
Karunaratne has not reproduced the same volume of runs since his second season, but has developed a reputation for making big centuries against good attacks. He played two ODIs for Sri Lanka in 2011, making 4 and 60, and was also included in the Test tour to South Africa later in the year, though he did not get a game.
He toured South Africa again in July 2012 though, with the A team, and impressed with scores of 83 and 150 not out on that tour. Soon after that, he found himself on the verge of a Test debut when he was chosen to open alongside SSC partner Tharanga Paranavitana, replacing the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan for the Test against New Zealand in Galle.
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