Nissanka becomes first Sri Lankan to hit ODI double century

Pallekele, Feb 9 (UNI) Pathum Nissanka became the first Sri Lanka batsman to score a men’s ODI double hundred.

Nissanka’s unbeaten 210 was also the highest-ever individual score for Sri Lanka in ODIs and beat Sanath Jayasuriya’s 24-year-old record.

Jayasuriya had scored 189 against India in Sharjah in 2000.

After Afghanistan asked Sri Lanka to bat, Nissanka’s start was far from perfect, and he took his time to settle in. However, the Lankan batsman went for the big shots after getting his eye in.

He added 182 runs for the opening wicket with Avishka Fernando and didn’t relent after his partner fell in the 27th over. Nissanka reached his hundred in the 32nd over, taking 88 balls to get there.

In the last 18 overs, Nissanka slammed 110 runs. He took merely 48 balls to reach his double ton after crossing his century, smashing 20 fours and eight sixes. With his help, Sri Lanka reached 381/3 in 50 overs.

The 210* is the joint-fifth-highest score in men’s ODIs. Overall, it was the 12th double ton in men’s ODI history.

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