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SL vs AFG: Pathum Nissanka Creates History, Becomes First Sri Lankan Batter To Hit ODI Double Century

Nissanka's double century helped Sri Lanka post a total of 381/3 in 50 overs against Afghanistan.

Updated: February 9, 2024 10:18 PM IST

By Nikhil | Edited by Nikhil

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New Delhi: Star SL opener Pathum Nissanka created history as he became the first Sri Lankan batter to hit an ODI Double Century. He achieved this feat in the first One-Day International between Kusal Mendis-led Sri Lanka and Hashmatullah Shahidi’s Afghanistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele, on February 9.

The 22-year-old dynamo’s double century came in a mere 136 balls, catapulting him into elite company as the third-fastest batter to achieve this milestone in ODIs. With this scintillating performance, Nissanka surpassed the likes of legendary cricketers Chris Gayle (138) and Virender Sehwag (140), respectively.

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Ishan Kishan holds the record for fastest double-century which he scored against Bangladesh back in 2022 in 126 balls, followed by Glen Maxwell’s 128 deliveries double-hundred.

Nissanka remained unbeaten at 210 in the match in an innings peppered with 20 fours and eight sixes as Sri Lanka put on a total of 381/3 in 50 overs.

Nissanka’s monumental innings not only rewrote the record books but also shattered the long-standing record set by the iconic Sanath Jayasuriya for the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batter in ODIs. Jayasuriya’s illustrious mark of 189 runs, achieved against India in 2000, was eclipsed by Nissanka’s sublime display of batting mastery

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