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Danushka Gunathilaka
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Danushka Gunathilaka

Sri Lanka|allrounder
Danushka Gunathilaka

INTL CAREER: 2015 - 2021

Full Name

Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka

Born

March 17, 1991, Panadura

Age

30y 34d

Nicknames

Dana

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Allrounder

Height

6ft 1in

Education

Mahanama College, Colombo

TEAMS

A poised, attacking left-handed opener groomed in part at Sinhalese Sports Club, Danushka Gunathilaka was plucked from the domestic system largely on potential, and drafted into Sri Lanka's A team for the tour of New Zealand in mid-2015. He impressed on that trip, hitting two smart fifties from four innings, to finish as the team's second-highest run-scorer.

Those performances earned him a national call-up for the home series against West Indies in November. Gunathilaka then earned a second trip to New Zealand - with the senior team this time - and despite modest returns from his first three ODIs, he struck a rapid 65 in Nelson to win a Man-of-the-Match award.

Gunathilaka was not originally part of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, but came into it ahead of their second match thanks to an injury to Chamara Kapugedara. He made a stunning entrance, scoring 76 off 72 balls to help haul down a target of 322.

That innings was followed by a run of three fifties and a maiden hundred in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, cue a call-up to the Test side. The Test debut was a disappointment, Gunathilaka scoring 16 and 2 before falling to loose strokes in both innings.

Strong square of the wicket, particularly on the off side, Gunathilaka, who admires Kumar Sangakkara, is also a part-time offspinner. He had played in Sri Lanka's Under-19 team in the 2009 Youth World Cup.
Andrew Fidel Fernando

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test81602996118.6859750.080232360
ODI41401143613336.82164987.0821015119120
T20I272605425720.84445121.79035714110
FC56912249515228.03389963.9931331044620
List A13413015444713338.66536182.9593144685610
T20959272365102*27.821835128.8811524877300
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test8619811111/161/57111.003.36198.00000
ODI412139036673/483/4852.285.6355.70000
T20I271111814762/32/324.507.4719.60000
FC565936571954646/709/11830.533.2057.10310
List A1346419781569445/285/2835.654.7544.90110
T209545660823314/214/2126.547.4821.20100
Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka
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Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne laid a platform for Sri Lanka
Danushka Gunathilaka powers the ball away over midwicket
Danushka Gunathilaka was in irrepressible form again
Danushka Gunathilaka gestures to Kieron Pollard that he didn't kick the ball away intentionally
Danushka Gunathilaka was fluent on the off side
Dimuth Karnunaratne and Danushka Gunathilaka set a strong base for Sri Lanka