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Dasun Shanaka

Madagamagamage Dasun Shanaka, or Dasun Shanaka (born 9 September 1991), is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays for all formats.[1] Known as a pinch hitter, Shanaka generally plays as a batting all rounder with handy right-arm medium fast bowling. In 2019, he captained Twenty20 International side against Pakistan, and Sri Lanka whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the series under his captaincy.[2] Shanaka is a past student of St. Peter's College, Negombo and Maris Stella College, Negombo.

Domestic and T20 franchise career

In May 2016, Shanaka scored a century against Leicestershire County Cricket Club in a first-class match on the tour of England.[3][4]

In March 2018, he was named the vice-captain of Galle's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[5][6] The following month, he was also named as the vice-captain of Galle's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[7]

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[8][9]

In August 2018, he was named in Kandy's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League.[10] He was the leading run-scorer for Kandy in the tournament, with 312 runs in six matches, including a century in Kandy's final match.[11][12]

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Chittagong Vikings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[13] In March 2019, he was named in Dambulla's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[14] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Cumilla Warriors in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[15]

International career

Debut years

He was named in Sri Lanka's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against Pakistan in July 2015.[16] He made his T20I debut on 1 August 2015 as the 58th T20I cap for Sri Lanka.[17]

He made his Test debut for Sri Lanka on 19 May 2016 against England on the same tour.[18] He was the 134th Test player for Sri Lanka.[19] He took his first Test wicket by dismissing England captain Alastair Cook. Though he took 3 for 46 runs, he only scored 4 runs in the both innings, and Sri Lanka lost the match by an innings and 88 runs.[18]

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Ireland on 16 June 2016. Shanaka scored 42 runs from 19 balls. Bowling, he took five wickets for 42 runs.[20] He became the twelfth player, and third Sri Lankan, to take five wickets on debut in an ODI.[21] After the two matches against Ireland, he was named as the player of the series.[22]

All round ability

He was re-called for the one-off T20I against India in September 2017.[23] Shanaka was out LBW for naught in the match and did not bowl. India won the match by 8 wickets.

During the second Test against India, Shanaka was found guilty for changing the condition. The incident was caught on cameras and informed to the match referee David Boon by on field umpires as well as third umpire. By found guilty, Shanaka was fined with 75% of his match fee and handed three demerit points.[24]

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[25][26]

Shanaka was included to the ODI squad for South Africa series in 2018. However, he did not included to the playing Xi in the first three matches. In the fourth ODI against South Africa on 8 August 2018 at Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Shanka top-scored with 65 off 34 balls, which marked his maiden ODI fifty. The innings witnessed 4 fours and 5 huge sixes with a strike rate of 191.[27] Shanka along with Thisara Perera breakneck seventh-wicket stand of 109 runs to lift Sri Lanka to pass 300+ in a rain hit day. During the fielding, Shanaka took the wicket of Reeza Hendricks and involved the run out of JP Duminy.[28] Sri Lanka finally won the match by 3 runs, by the D/L method, which was their first win against South Africa after 11 consecutive losses. For his all round match winning performances, Shanaka was adjudged man of the match.

T20I captaincy

In September 2019, Shanaka was named as the captain of Sri Lanka's T20I squad for the series against Pakistan in Pakistan.[29] Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka won the first T20I by 64 runs. This was Sri Lanka's first T20I win against Pakistan in six years.[30] Shanaka lead Sri Lanka in winnning all three T20Is against Pakistan, which was Sri Lanka's first T20I series whitewash, and Pakistan's first whitewash loss.[31] In the meantime, he became only the third captain to win their first three T20I against Pakistan along with MS Dhoni and Michael Clarke.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Dasun Shanaka joins MS Dhoni in elite list as Sri Lanka clean sweep Pakistan 3-0 in T20I series". India Today. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka scores hundred against Leicestershire". zeenews. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^ Mehta, Kalika (13 May 2016). "Leicestershire v Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka rescues tourists". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Cricket: Mixed opinions on Provincial tournament". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  6. ^ "All you need to know about the SL Super Provincial Tournament". Daily Sports. 26 March 2018. Archived from the original on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ "SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized". The Papare. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  11. ^ "SLC T20 League, 2018 - Kandy, Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Kandy and Dambulla win: A Colombo-Dambulla final". Sri Lanka Cricket. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Squads, Fixtures announced for SLC Provincial 50 Overs Tournament". The Papare. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  15. ^ "BPL draft: Tamim Iqbal to team up with coach Mohammad Salahuddin for Dhaka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Five uncapped players in SL squad for Pakistan T20s". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Aug 1, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Leeds, May 19–23, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  19. ^ Gardner, Alan (18 May 2016). "A new Test of resolve after T20 hiatus". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st ODI: Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin (Malahide), Jun 16, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Bowling records / Career debut / Wickets taken between 5 and 10 / Ordered by start date (ascending)". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Sri Lanka cricket team in Ireland". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Vandersay, Shanaka in revised Sri Lanka T20 squad". ESPNcricinfo. ESPNcricinfo. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Dasun Shanaka penalised for 'changing condition of ball'". ESPNcricinfo. ESPNcricinfo. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  25. ^ "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Lower order, Lakmal end Sri Lanka's losing run". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Test-match line and length worked for us - Thisara". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Sri Lanka ODI and T20I Squads for Pakistan tour". Sri Lanka Cricket. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  30. ^ "Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwan Pradeep help second-string Sri Lanka rout No. 1 ranked Pakistan". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  31. ^ "Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga the stars as Sri Lanka whitewash Pakistan". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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