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Pathum Nissanka Hits Landmark ODI Double Ton Vs AFG; Joins Rohit Sharma, Tendulkar In Elite Club

image-lseo7onsPathum Nissanka in action against Afghanistan (AP)

Sri Lankan opening batter Pathum Nissanka created history by pumping out his maiden double century in ODI cricket through the course of his 139-ball assault on Afghanistan bowlers in Pallekele.

The cricketer unleashed 210 undefeated runs from his end, and carried his bat throughout the innings to take Sri Lanka to 381-3 by the end of their 50 overs. Remarkably, Nissanka’s marathon effort made him the first Sri Lankan in history, and only the tenth overall to chart a double century in ODIs.

Pathum Nissanka joins elite ODI list with record 210*

Taking field for Sri Lanka in the first ODI of their three-match series against the visiting Afghanistan team in Kandy, opening batsman Pathum Nissanka shared a 182-run stand with half-centurion Avishka Fernando, before adding another 43 runs to his team’s total with captain Kusal Mendis.

Following the dismissal of Mendis, Nissanka unleashed an extraordinary sequence of boundaries and sixes to set up foundation for a huge Sri Lankan total. Listing his fourth ODI century in his 50th outing, the 25-year-old converted it into a double ton in the final over of the innings.

By whacking 210* runs from just 139 balls to top score in Sri Lanka’s monumental 381-run total, Pathum Nissanka became the first cricketer from his country to list a double hundred in ODIs.

He also became only the 10th batsmen in ODI history, joining an illustrious panel of 50-overs international legends like Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag as well as batting stalwarts Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill and Fakhar Zaman.

Nissanka’s 210* is now levelled with Fakhar Zaman’s unbeaten knock from July 2018 as ODI cricket’s fifth joint-highest score, bettering two of Rohit Sharma’s three double tons in the process.

The Sri Lankan top-order batsman made his ODI debut back in March 2021 with a match against West Indies at North Sound. His latest 210*-run knock took his ODI tally to the verge of 2,000 runs.