Nishan Madushka breaks Aravinda De Silva’s 27-year-old batting record

Sri Lanka Emerging Team Tour of England 2022

Nishan Madushka

Sri Lanka Emerging XI had another memorable day at Canterbury as the batters, led by Nishan Madushka, went on a rampage against the Kent bowlers on day 3 of of the 1st 4-day encounter.

Overnight batters Lasith Croospulle and Nishan Madushka came out to resume their partnership of 187 from Day 2 and solidified their dominance further over the Kent bowlers. The duo added 107 more runs today (8th May), breaking the record for the highest partnership by a Sri Lankan duo on English Soil previously held by Aravinda de Silva and Sanath Jayasuriya (243). When the partnership was blossoming at 294, Kent finally managed a long-awaited breakthrough as Jaskaran Singh dismissed Croospulle for 136, a knock which included 14 fours and 2 sixes. The right-handed batter from Sinhalese Sports Club Nuwanidu Fernando walked out to bat at number 4 and this was the beginning of another exceptional partnership for Sri Lanka Emerging XI.

Fernando started from where Croospulle left off as he and Madushka punished the Kent bowlers with a rapid scoring rate. The pair put together a 171-run stand for the 3rd wicket in just 34 overs. Fernando, who was looking for his 2nd first-class century, fell a solitary run short, to the South African spinner George Linde. His knock of 99 included 14 fours and 2 sixes.

At this stage, Sri Lanka’s emerging XI were 479 for the loss of just 3 wickets. The rest of the Sri Lankan middle-order couldn’t contribute much to the score as Dhananjaya Lakshan was bowled by Max Luckett for 24 while Ashen Bandara only scored 9 before being dismissed by Max O’Riordan.

Madushka, who also kept wickets for 137 overs, was in fine touch as he finished with 269, breaking a 27-year-old record by the legendary Aravinda De Silva of the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan on English soil in First-Class cricket.

Interestingly de Silva’ 255 was FOR Kent, the same opposition Madushka faced in this game. He also solidified his name at number 4 on the list of highest individual scores by a Sri Lankan away from home (First-Class). After a marathon stay at the crease, the 22-year-old was finally dismissed for 269 just a few moments before stumps on Day 3 by Linde nicking behind to keeper Billy Mead; his knock included 37 fours and 2 sixes.

After the dismissal of Madushka, Dilum Sudeera & Santhush Gunathilaka survived without any more blows as Sri Lanka Emerging XI ended on 573/6, 22 runs behind Kent at stumps on Day 3. With 1 more day to go, it would be interesting to see whether Sri Lanka Emerging XI would bat on on Day 4 or declare and ask Kent to bat in their 2nd innings in the hope of forcing a result. The final day is surely going to be an interesting battle between these 2 teams.

The 4th and final day of this encounter will begin at 3.30 PM Local Time on the 9th of May.

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