Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has played a stunning knock of unbeaten 354 while playing for Sri Lanka Army in Super 8 round of the Premier League Tournament Tier A, conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Dinesh Chandimal has been in good form since the tournament restarted earlier this month. In the first game against Nondescripts, he scored 19 and 129 before registering scores of 62, 5 and 50 in the following three innings. And he has made the most of his form by scoring the first triple century of his career.
The former Sri Lanka skipper’s knock came off 391 balls and was studded with 33 boundaries and 9 sixes against Saracenc CC at MCG Katunayake. 354 is Dinesh Chandimal’s highest score in the game. His previous highest score in first-class cricket was 244 while his highest knock in international cricket is 164.
The triple century also saw Dinesh Chandimal become the second player to cross the 1000-run mark in the ongoing season of the Premier League Tournament Tier A. So far, he has scored 1027 runs in 8 matches with 3 centuries and 4 half centuries.
As far as the match is concerned, Sri Lanka Army is firmly in driver’s seat thanks to Dinesh Chandimal’s knock. Batting first, they piled up 642 for 8 before declaring their innings. Other major contributors were Ashan Randika (63) and Pathum Dilshan (67). In reply, Saracens finished the day on 72 for 2.
Dinesh Chandimal would be hoping his ongoing form finally helps him get his international career back on track. One of the most experienced batsmen in the current Sri Lankan team, the right-handed batsman has still not cemented his place in the team.
He has not played any ODI for his team since January last year while his last T20I appearance came in 2018. As far as his Test career is concerned, he has been getting regular chances. Earlier this year, he was a part of the team for the tour of Zimbabwe where he managed to score only 12,6 and 13*.
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