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Malinda Pushpakumara      

Full name Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara

Born March 24, 1987, Colombo

Current age 30 years 30 days

Major teams Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Lumbini College, Moors Sports Club, Saracens Sports Club, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club, Sri Lanka Under-15s, Sri Lanka Under-19s

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Height 5 ft 7 in

Education Lumbini College, Colombo

Pawuluge Malinda Pushpakumara
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
First-class 99 129 20 1542 80* 14.14 2429 63.48 0 4 163 48 92 0
List A 52 32 10 187 21 8.50 346 54.04 0 0 19 2 16 0
Twenty20 15 11 4 56 16* 8.00 54 103.70 0 0 4 2 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 99 178 20747 11080 558 9/46 13/107 19.85 3.20 37.1 35 44 18
List A 52 51 2417 1679 90 5/24 5/24 18.65 4.16 26.8 4 5 0
Twenty20 15 14 312 341 17 3/14 3/14 20.05 6.55 18.3 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club v Singha Sports Club at Kurunegala, Nov 17-19, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Sri Lanka A v England Lions at Dambulla, Feb 24-27, 2017 scorecard
List A debut Singha Sports Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Panadura, Nov 8, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Kurunegala District v Puttalam District at Katunayake, Mar 25, 2017 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Panadura Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Mar 26, 2012 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Hambantota Troopers v Galle Guardians at Colombo (RPS), Feb 1, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/20 Puttalam v Kurunegala Katunayake 25 Mar 2017 LA
1, 1/36 Puttalam v Kegalle Colombo (Colts) 22 Mar 2017 LA
8/127, 20, 5/78, 5* Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Dambulla 24 Feb 2017 FC
4/97, 26, 4/77, 5 Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Pallekele 17 Feb 2017 FC
10, 3/82, 20, 3/35 SL Pres. XI v Eng Lions Moratuwa 12 Feb 2017 Other
35, 3/51, 7/58 Chilaw v Col CC Panagoda 5 Feb 2017 FC
0/16, 0*, 4/3 Chilaw v Colts Colombo (CCC) 28 Jan 2017 FC
4, 3/46, 0, 5/59 Chilaw v SL Army Colombo (PSS) 20 Jan 2017 FC
9, 5/78, 2/80 Chilaw v Bloomfield Colombo (Bloomfield) 14 Jan 2017 FC
0, 7/52, 0, 3/92 Chilaw v Sinhalese Katunayake 6 Jan 2017 FC
Profile

A canny left-arm spinner with dangerous variations, Malinda Pushpakumara has been Sri Lanka's most prolific domestic wicket-taker of recent years. First-class tracks on the island are stacked heavily in favour of spinners, but even so, it is Pushpakumara's consistency that makes him stand out. He was the Premier League Tournament's top wicket-taker in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 tournaments, and was among the best again in the years in between. But 2016-17 was his best tournament of the lot: at an average of 13.79, Pushpakumara claimed 77 scalps - 20 more than his nearest competitor. With that tally, he finally forced himself into a Sri Lanka Test squad, at the age of 29 and with 558 first-class wickets to his name. The delay in his being chosen for the top level perhaps also has to do with Rangana Herath's presence in the team - the selectors believing only on left-arm spinner necessary.

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Oct 10, 2006

Malinga Pushpakumara Player Profile

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Notes

  • Best Bowler of the Premier Tournament: 2011-12, 2012-13, 14-15, 16-17

Tour Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC) - Sep 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele - Sep 8-12, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle - Aug 31-Sep 3, 2011
Australia won by 125 runs
SL Board XI v Australians at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 25-27, 2011
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 22, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)
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