Sri Lanka news January 12, 2016

Shanaka sets Sri Lankan record in Colombo sixathon

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dasun Shanaka set a Sri Lankan record for most number of sixes in a T20 innings, hitting 16 of them, for Sinhalese Sports Club in a clash against Saracens Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday. Along the way, Shanaka waltzed to 123 off 46 balls and took his team to a massive 251 for 6 in 20 overs. It proved to be 66 too many for the opponents.

Shanaka, who made his T20 debut against Pakistan in August last year, walked in to bat in the seventh over, featured in an 155-run stand off just 63 balls with Kavindu Kulasekara. His 16 sixes are also the joint second-highest by any batsman, equalling Graham Napier's feat in 2008. West Indies' Chris Gayle has the record with 17 of them in his innings of 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013.

This was Shanaka's second T20 century in four matches. Last week, he hit 12 sixes and 10 fours in an unbeaten 48-ball 131 against Galle Cricket Club at the P Sara Oval.

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  • Ashan Madushka on January 16, 2016, 13:38 GMT

    it's time to organize a good domestic league with foreign players without any kind of indian support.

  • udendra on January 15, 2016, 18:09 GMT

    I can't understand why people are nominating Chandimal to the T20 squad! Give me one reason.

  • Rohan on January 15, 2016, 2:41 GMT

    Should be a definite fir the T20 team

  • Ammarhit on January 13, 2016, 23:21 GMT

    Since Kusal Perera is likely to play in the immediate future, after Dilshan retires Dhananjaya de Silva should be brought into the team to open. He's also an off break bowler and he's taking wickets in the first class tournament as well as scoring runs. Chandi shouldn't be wicket keeper, someone like Dickwella should be recalled. Personally I think Shehan Jayasuriya should be dropped, he's been a liability in the field (in almost every match he has played) or swap places with Kapu/Siriwardena. Binura Fernando and Chameera are good young prospects, and Anuk Fernando is taking wickets as well (left arm pacer). Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya and Amila Aponso are good spin options. Malinga will lead the pace attack though not entirely sure who should lead the spin attack? Senanayake? Siriwardena?

  • Thari on January 13, 2016, 17:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka Squad for Asia cup

  • Thari on January 13, 2016, 16:41 GMT

    eSubstitutes 12 Tisara 13 Shehan 14 Chameera 15 Sachitra

  • Thari on January 13, 2016, 16:24 GMT

    KJP will not get a chance see final squad below, 1 Dila 2 Gunti 3 Siri/Chandi 4 Kapu 5 Anji 6 Chandi/Siri 7 Shanaka 8 Vander 9 Kula 10 Hera 11 Mali

  • Thari on January 13, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    Since KJP will not get a chance below will be a ideal squad for asia cup and world T20, 1 Dila 2 Gunatilake 3 Siriward/Chandi 4 Kapu 5 Anji 6 Chandi/Siriward 7 Shanaka 8 Vander 9 Kula 10 Hera 11 Mali

  • Aazir on January 13, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    really happy to see youngsters performing like world class level. l really happy to think about sri lankan cricket in future and my t20 world cup squad would be Dilshan,Dhanushka,Dhana De Silva,Dhashun Shanka, Angelo,Siri,Thisara,Akila Dhananjaya/AMILA Aponso(Akila experienced in international level and also very economical and batsman too and aponso economical bowler and left arm too we have another option with him) ,Binura Fernando, CHameera,Malinga. Senanayaka,Kapugedera (If kapu playing in the Xi Should bat at no.2) Chandimal,V.fernando

  • Aazir on January 13, 2016, 11:20 GMT

    Really happy to see the Sri lanka futures cricketers in domestic level matches. youngsters many of them performing in world class level cheers dude. Definitely we can fight with any team in the world especially in T20. I suggest this squad this should go for T20 World Cup. it would be Dilshan, Dhanushka, Dhan De Silva, Dhashun Shanka, Angelo,Siri,Thisara,Akila Dhananjaya( he has been international level experience as well as economical bowler and batman too /AMILA Aponso (Very talented and economical bowler) Binura Fernando, Chameera, Malinga . Senanayaka,Kapugedera CHandimal V.fernando

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