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Malinda Warnapura
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Malinda Warnapura

Sri Lanka|Opening batter
Malinda Warnapura

INTL CAREER: 2007 - 2009

Full Name

Basnayake Shalith Malinda Warnapura

Born

May 26, 1979, Colombo

Age

42y 193d

Also Known As

Mali

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Opening batter

Height

5ft 6in

Education

St. Peter's College, Colombo

relations

(uncle),

(father),

(cousin)

Other

Coach, Commentator

TEAMS

Despite his cricketing pedigree, Malinda Warnapura has taken his time to press forward his case for national recognition. Having begun his first-class career in 1998-99, it was not until 2006 that he really made his mark. The tour to India with Sri Lanka A to participate in the Duleep trophy saw this elegant left-hand middle-order batsman blossom. He finished the three-match tournament with an aggregate of 421 runs, at 105.25, which included two successive undefeated centuries at Eden Gardens. An unbeaten 111 steered his team to the final of the tournament. He then compiled 149 not out in the final against the eventual winners, North Zone.

Recognition did not follow immediately. He was overlooked for the tour of New Zealand that followed but continued to pile on the runs for Sri Lanka A. He was not at his best on the tour of the Caribbean when illness laid him low, but Warnapura was in outstanding form in the home series against Bangladesh A that followed. He scored a career best 243 in the first unofficial Test at his home ground at Colts and followed it up with an unbeaten 104 in the second unofficial ODI to confirm that he could score runs in both forms of the game. His first strides into Test cricket - during the home series against Bangladesh in 2007 - were hardly auspicious, as he was dismissed off his first ball. He returned admirably in his second Test, scoring 82. He followed it up with a century against West Indies in Providence the following year and later made it to the Champions Trophy probables.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test1424182112035.69141258.1427982140
ODI330353011.667646.05005030
FC18228225911624235.4720451220
List A15213619331311128.31510570
T20181813739521.94275135.6303291950
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test14154400---4.44-000
ODI3------------
FC182777336731386/2226.612.8356.340
List A15227581923875/335/3322.104.1831.7220
T2018711514463/193/1924.007.5119.1000
Basnayake Shalith Malinda Warnapura
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Photos


Malinda Warnapura at a fielding drill ahead of the second Test
Mohammad Aamer belts out an appeal against Malinda Warnapura
Malinda Warnapura goes for the sweep
Malinda Warnapura cuts hard during his fifty
Malinda Warnapura gets a hug from his captain
Umar Gul picked up Malinda Warnapura for a duck