Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele July 26, 2013

Thirty-five runs in an over

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The 33rd over of Sri Lanka's innings, bowled by Robin Peterson, cost 35 runs. Here's how Thisara Perera did it

32.1, SIX, Perera's smashed it! Plonked his front foot forward and brought up Sri Lanka's 100 by smashing the ball over the square-leg boundary, he even took his bottom hand off the bat during the follow through

32.2, 1 wide, that's fired wide outside off stump

32.2, SIX, and again, Perera's decided Peterson's got to go. Once again he takes his bottom hand off the bat and carts the ball over the midwicket boundary

32.3 SIX, boom! Perera sees a shorter ball coming his way and this time he stands his ground and pulls over deep midwicket even though there are two fielders on the boundary

32.4, SIX, Perera has exploded on Peterson! He's dragged that from wide outside off stump and sent the fans beyond the midwicket boundary scurrying

32.5, FOUR, a full and fast ball, Perera gets under it and lofts it over the bowler's head for a four

32.6, SIX, a tremendous over for Sri Lanka ends with a tremendous blow! We won't be seeing Peterson in the attack while Perera is batting anytime soon! The last hit is the biggest, sailing into the night sky before disappearing into the fans beyond deep square leg. 35 runs off the over, the second costliest in ODIs

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  • ESPN on July 31, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Perera s really a great batsman

  • Lakpriya on July 27, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Earlier thisara's off side play was very poor, now it seems that he had improved his batting in that regard. there is plenty of room for some more improvement too. he needs to add more calmness to his batting. yesterday was the best example if he had batted with some care who knows he might had got SL over the line.

  • Sai on July 27, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I wouldn't call this a fluke, having seen this guy smash many bowlers of pretty much every team, but this will more than likely lead to his downfall than do him a world of good. A batting average of 17.02, when an all-rounder, isn't all that impressive. But Perera is a talent, no doubt, just hope he can make more use of that.

  • Vishwaksena on July 27, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    classic example to illustrate left arm spinner is easy pickings for a left hand batsman . clean hitting by thisara ,was not robins proudest day by any means .

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    I am an arm chair expert I will admit but this guy looks so much a better cricketer and all rounder than angelo.i mean angelo is a good player no doubt but I don't get how no one talks about this guy specially when one sees the hype around angelo

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    wow its amzng..go ahed thisara..proud to be a sri Lankan

  • Gayan on July 27, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    TP is sri lankan lance klusener (if not next lance kluener). His maximum benefit team will get as his current role. Low order finisher type batsman and line & length medium-fast wicket taking bowler could use for 10 overs. Dont dream on he opening as Sanath (except special occasions). Kusal Janith is next long term destructive SL opener. Im selectors have clear planning on that. All & All i need to state that SL ODI future look better than Sanga, Mahela era. Current Juniors just need chance with their suitable places.

    After 2015 SL ODI 15 will feature, 1. Kusal 2. Dimuth/Tharanga 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Angelo P/Kithruwan 6. Angelo M . 7. Thisara 8. Kula/Eranga 9. Sachi 10. Malinga 11. Dhananjaya/Mendis

    cricinfo pls publish...

  • Dimuthu on July 27, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @srinideva - actually he can. Check out highlights from his innings against SA in SA back in 2011. Just that when he's seeing is so well, and Peterson kept bowling that rubbish at him, he will always go for his preferred cow corner region

  • Suranga on July 27, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Thisara still need to learn, play some shots... specially square of the wicket... still his shots r limited.. while jayasuriya had hell of a range of shots. Having said that, its dope to see him hitting like that.

  • John on July 27, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Its absolutely ridiculous to say that Thisara can be our next Jayasuriya. First, Jayasuriya wasn't a slogger and scored runs with proper cricket shots timing the ball to the perfection. But Thisara is a genuine slogger with an amazing physical strength to clear the boundaries,just like Dhoni. Knocking the ball around n building the innings isn't his game but play cameos n do a maximum damage in last few overs. So There is no way he can be a consistent opener who can give us a good start on regular basis. So the problem isn't his hitting power but consistency to be considered as an opener. If he wants be a top order batsmen, first, he needs to realize that he can't send every ball over long on, deep mid wkt or deep square leg n learn to play shot around the ground, specially on off side.

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