Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele

Thirty-five runs in an over

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 26, 2013

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Thisara Perera hoists the ball into the leg side, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele, July 26, 2013
Thisara Perera smashed five sixes and a four in the over © Associated Press
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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

For the full list of records for the most runs scored off an over, click here

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Posted by   on (July 31, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Perera s really a great batsman

Posted by Lakpj 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.

Posted by thecricketdiary 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.

Posted by VVSR92 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 .

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

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

Posted by F22R 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...

Posted by CricketPissek 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

Posted by C0l0mb0 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.

Posted by Blade-Runner 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.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Second costly over of ODI history....................

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 27, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

@maddy20, well Thisara can be our next Sanath Jayasuriya. But unfortunately our selectors are not making good use of his skills. He has a lot of man of the match awards. One thing you are wrong. He did play in the Champions Trophy matches against NZ and India which we lost. He did not feature in the CT games against Australia and England, which we won. He was the best Lankan player in the 2013 IPL.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Absolute mayhem, considering the condition of play! Well played TP, keep it up...

Posted by srinideva on (July 27, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Just simple thing, he can`t play shot off side..R peterson must grow up..T perrara is next afridi..hit and misses catagory

Posted by maddy20 on (July 26, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Pity that he did not play in the Champs Trophy. Srilanka's prospects would have been much better with him in the side!

Posted by cheeseburgers on (July 26, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Robin Peterson also holds dubious record of most number of runs conceded in Test (28 runs) courtesy BC Lara.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (July 26, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

WOW. it was that much close to repeat his heroics in SA last year where is pulled a victory for sri lanka which no one expected other than himself. Take a bow Tisara.....

Posted by   on (July 26, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Thissara Perera is the 'Man of Steel' What a player, take a bow!!!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Amazing Talent... cannot hide .......Time tells more of Thissara Perera's Maturity ..strong Force to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (July 26, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

There is no doubt about his wicket taking abilities and no doubt about his batting abilities. Just would love to see his economy rate drop a bit more

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