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Saman Jayantha      

Full name Warushavithana Saman Jayantha

Born January 26, 1974, Ambalangoda

Current age 40 years 335 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Mumbai Champs, Ruhuna, Singha Sports Club, Southern Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Warushavithana Saman Jayantha
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 17 17 2 400 74* 26.66 530 75.47 0 2 54 4 5 0
First-class 172 291 15 9568 257 34.66 18 45 118 0
List A 150 148 13 3955 147* 29.29 3 25 50 2
Twenty20 16 15 4 403 84* 36.63 275 146.54 0 3 43 17 6 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 17 6 55 46 0 - - - 5.01 - 0 0 0
First-class 172 9044 3855 131 5/54 29.42 2.55 69.0 2 0
List A 150 2094 1376 57 4/15 4/15 24.14 3.94 36.7 1 0 0
Twenty20 16 10 150 179 9 3/12 3/12 19.88 7.16 16.6 0 0 0
Career statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (RPS), Feb 27, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Auckland, Dec 26, 2004 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1992/93
Last First-class Badureliya Sports Club v Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club at Katunayake, Mar 21-22, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1994/95
Last List A Panadura Sports Club v Badureliya Sports Club at Panadura, Dec 9, 2013 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club v Police Sports Club at Colombo (Colts), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Colombo Cricket Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (RPS), Mar 30, 2012 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
24, 1 Badureliya v Bloomfield Katunayake 21 Mar 2014 FC
0/59, 52, 0/18 Badureliya v Chilaw Colombo (Burgher) 14 Mar 2014 FC
3/9, 37, 0/18, 8* Badureliya v Panadura Katunayake 7 Mar 2014 FC
8, 0/2, 17, 0/7 Badureliya v Colts Colombo (Colts) 28 Feb 2014 FC
0/32, 12 Badureliya v Nondescripts Kaluthara 7 Feb 2014 FC
25, 0/12, 20 Badureliya v SL Army Kaluthara 31 Jan 2014 FC
2, 1 Badureliya v Moors Colombo (Moors) 24 Jan 2014 FC
2/24, 21 Badureliya v Panadura Panadura 9 Dec 2013 LA
56 Badureliya v Ragama Kaluthara 5 Dec 2013 LA
50, 1/6 Badureliya v SL Army Panagoda 3 Dec 2013 LA
Profile

Saman Jayantha is a late developer, an aggressive opening batsman who came close to missing out on an opportunity to play for his country. He first rose to prominence in 1996 when he captained a Sri Lanka Colts XI against the touring West Indians, and played for Sri Lanka A. He drifted out of the reckoning, though, seemingly for good, until he caught the eye of the selectors with some superb performances for his club, Bloomfield. A prolific year in 2003-03 (731 runs at 43) elevated his first-class average to a healthy 36.31 on Sri Lanka's tricky domestic pitches. Jayantha, who also bowls offspin, was rewarded with a berth in Sri Lanka's squad for the Hong Kong Sixes in November 2003. He produced a superb display over the two-day tournament, winning the Man-of-the-Tournament award for his blazing batting and useful spin. During England's tour to Sri Lanka later in the month he was called up briefly as cover before winning his first cap against Australia in February 2004. The fifth child in a family that hails from Ambalangoda, a small fishing town on the southwest coast, he was a keen student and secured a place in Colombo University. But after just one week he packed his bags to concentrate on cricket. That gamble finally paid off when he scored an unbeaten 74 in only his third ODI, against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. Since then he has been essentially a back-up batsman, playing the last of his 17 ODIs against Australia in early 2004. The closest he came to selection again was when he was named in the probables for Sri Lanka's ICC Champions Trophy campaign in 2006. At age 34, with his international career behind him, Jayantha signed on with the unofficial Indian Cricket League. A ban on he and four other Sri Lankans was lifted in September 2008, meaning Jayantha was free to play domestic cricket back home.

Charlie Austin September 2008

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Latest Photos

Mar 23, 2008

The Champs' Saman Jayantha completes a superb outfield catch, Chennai Superstars v Mumbai Champs, ICL 20s Grand Championship, Panchkula, March 23, 2008

Saman Jayantha completes a superb outfield catch

© ICL

Sep 10, 2004

Saman Jayantha

Saman Jayantha

© ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Jul 17, 2004

Saman Jayantha departs and UAE celebrate, Asia Cup, 4th match, July 17, 2004

Saman Jayantha departs and UAE celebrate

© AFP

Tournament Results
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lord's - Jun 21, 2009
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 19, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 57 runs
Pakistan v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 18, 2009
Pakistan won by 7 runs
India v South Africa at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
South Africa won by 12 runs
New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nottingham - Jun 16, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 48 runs
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