Sri Lankan leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga couldn’t find a better way to celebrate his 24th birthday as he did not just finish with his career-best T20I bowling figure, but also managed to script the best figure by a bowler in the format on his birthday. Hasaranga pulled off the feat in the T20I series decider against India in Colombo.
Hasaranga returned with figures of 4 for 9 against India dismissing – Ruturaj Gaikwad for 14, Sanju Samson for 0, Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 16, and Varun Chakravarthy for 0. His four-over spell comprised 11 dot balls and zero boundaries.
4 for 9 is now the best figure by a bowler in T20Is on his birthday, surpassing the previous best figure of 4 for 21 scripted by South Africa’s Imran Tahir against the Netherlands in 2014. This is also his best T20I figure, going past his previous best of 3 for 12 achieved in the series against West Indies earlier this year.
Hasaranga remained a key bowler for Sri Lanka as the hosts managed to restrict the depleted Indian side for a paltry 80, their third-lowest T20I score after 74 (against Australia in 2008) and 79 (against New Zealand in 2016).
Sri Lanka had levelled the series against India on Wednesday with a 4-wicket win after the visitors won the opener by 38 runs.