Nissanka Makes History with First ODI Double Hundred

Nissanka Makes History with First ODI Double Hundred

Sri Lankan cricket sensation Pathum Nissanka etched his name in the record books by becoming the first Sri Lankan batter to achieve a monumental milestone in men’s ODI cricket – a remarkable double century.

Nissanka’s sensational knock of 210* not only secured his place in cricketing history but also set a new benchmark for individual excellence in Sri Lanka’s ODI batting lineup.

Surpassing the longstanding record held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 189 against India in Sharjah back in 2000, Nissanka’s feat underscores his prowess on the international stage.

Taking charge from the opening position, Nissanka’s innings wasn’t without its challenges, as he navigated through a cautious start before unleashing a flurry of strokes.

Teaming up with Avishka Fernando, the duo formed a formidable opening partnership, amassing 182 runs before Fernando’s departure in the 27th over.

Nissanka’s century, achieved in the 32nd over, marked a turning point in the innings, setting the stage for an explosive display of power-hitting.

In a breathtaking display of dominance, Nissanka accelerated his scoring rate in the final phase of the innings, pummeling the opposition bowlers to all corners of the ground.

His ferocious onslaught saw him accumulate a staggering 110 runs in the last 18 overs, reaching the coveted double century milestone in just 48 balls post his century mark.

With a remarkable tally of 20 fours and eight sixes, Nissanka propelled Sri Lanka to a commanding total of 381/3 in their allotted 50 overs.

Nissanka’s record-breaking innings not only cements his status as a rising star in world cricket but also places him among the elite ranks of the highest individual scorers in men’s ODIs.

His 210* stands as the joint-fifth-highest score in the format’s history, marking the 12th instance of a double century in men’s ODI cricket.