Pathum Nissanka becomes the first Sri Lankan to hit 200 in ODI

Pathum Nissanka makes history by becoming the first Sri Lankan to score a double century in ODIs, with an unbeaten knock of 210 runs in just 136 balls, powering Sri Lanka to a total of 381-3 against Afghanistan.

Pathum Nissanka becomes the first Sri Lankan to hit 200 in ODI
  • Pathum Nissanka achieved a historic milestone by scoring a double century (210 runs) in just 136 balls, making him the first Sri Lankan to achieve this feat in ODIs.
  • His remarkable innings powered Sri Lanka to a formidable total of 381-3 against Afghanistan in the series opener.
  • Nissanka’s unbeaten innings surpassed the previous record held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 189 runs against India in 2000.
  • His innings is also marked as the joint fifth-highest individual score in the history of ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka’s total of 381-3 is their highest at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and the team’s fourth-highest total in ODIs overall.
  • Nissanka’s innings included 20 fours and eight sixes, demonstrating his exceptional batting prowess.
  • Other notable performances include Avishka Fernando’s 88 runs, Sadeera Samarawickrama’s aggressive 44 off 36 deliveries, and skipper Kusal Mendis’ 16 runs.
  • Despite efforts from Afghan bowlers, particularly Fareed Ahmad who claimed 2 crucial wickets, Sri Lanka managed to set a daunting total.
  • The historic double century by Nissanka marks a significant moment in Sri Lanka cricket history, highlighting his talent and contribution to the team.
  • The match also saw contributions from other Sri Lankan batsmen, solidifying their position and setting a strong foundation for the series.
  • This achievement adds to the rich cricketing history of Sri Lanka, showcasing the talent and potential within the team.

Nissanka orchestrated a remarkable return following a bout of illness, rejoining the team after missing the one-off Test against Afghanistan. His resurgence was marked by a breathtaking display of power-hitting at Pallekele, where he eclipsed Jayasuriya’s longstanding record in the presence of the legendary former batsman himself. Below are the highest individual scores by Sri Lankan cricketers in ODIs:

  1. Pathum Nissanka – 210* against Afghanistan, 2024
  2. Sanath Jayasuriya – 189 against India, 200
  3. Upul Tharanga – 174* against India, 2013
  4. Kumar Sangakkara – 169 against South Africa, 2013
  5. Tillakaratne Dilshan – 161* against Bangladesh, 2015

Here is the list of ODI double centuries:

S.NoPlayerTeamOppositionRunsBallsYear
1Sachin TendulkarIndiaSouth Africa200*1472010
2Virender SehwagIndiaWest Indies2191492011
3Rohit SharmaIndiaSri Lanka2641732014
4Chris GayleWest IndiesZimbabwe2151472015
5Martin GuptillNew ZealandWest Indies237*1632015
6Fakhar ZamanPakistanZimbabwe210*1562018
7Pathum NissankaSri LankaAfghanistan210*1392024
8Ishan KishanIndiaBangladesh2101312022
9Shubman GillIndiaNew Zealand2081492023
10Rohit SharmaIndiaAustralia2091582013
11Rohit SharmaIndiaSri Lanka208*1532017
12GJ MaxwellAustraliaAfghanistan201*1282023

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