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“How good is this guy”: Russel Arnold delighted as Charith Asalanka scores maiden ODI century vs Australia at Premdasa Stadium

Dixit Bhargav

"How good is this guy": Russel Arnold delighted as Charith Asalanka scores maiden ODI century vs Australia at Premdasa Stadium

Charith Asalanka scores maiden ODI century: The Sri Lankan batter has reached the three-figure mark in his 15th ODI appearance.

During the fourth ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka batter Charith Asalanka has become the second Sri Lankan batter to bring up a maiden ODI century in this series.

Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 10th over, it was only on the 36th ball that he faced in the 21st over that Asalanka scored his first boundary off Australia all-rounder Cameron Green.

Not a quintessential hard-hitting knock, Asalanka ran singles and doubles at will to bail his team out of trouble. It was his ability to not let the run-scoring get to a standstill despite losing three early wickets that saw him thriving at the R Premdasa Stadium today.

Having played a second-fiddle to all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (60) in a 99-ball 101-run fourth-wicket partnership, Asalanka took the onus upon himself to do the heavy-lifting post the former’s dismissal in the 27th over.

Asalanka, who hit a boundary against Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood to register a 60-ball half-century in the 30th over, reached the three-figure mark by running a single off spinner Matthew Kuhnemann in the 45th over.

The 24-year old batter returned to the pavilion in the 48th over after being dismissed by Pat Cummins but only after scoring a game-changing 110 (106) with the help of 10 fours and a six.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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