The game of cricket has a knack for coming up with some unusual or bizarre incidents now and then. Well, a similar event that is nothing less than weird took place on Saturday (January 13) in Sri Lanka‘s Tier B tournament when Panadura Sports Club were playing Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in a three-day game in Panadura.
Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club decided to field first after winning the toss. The decision was justified by the bowlers, as they bundled the opposition for a paltry 176 runs. Shohan Rangika was the star of the show, taking five wickets for 52.
In reply, Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club rode on their skipper Dulash Udayanga’s 96-run knock to post 309 and took a healthy lead of 133 runs. Danusika Bandara and Shanaka Perera grabbed three wickets each for the Panadura Sports Club.
What followed after that, left everyone shell-shocked, as Panadura were all out for just 36. None of the batsmen could even reach the double-digit mark while five of them could not open their account, as the hosts lost the game by an innings and 97 runs.
But Panadura folding up for just 36 was not the only thing that looked bizarre during the game. Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club used three bowlers to blow away the hosts, as the trio took only 13.3 overs to send all the ten batsmen back to the pavilion. Milan Rathnayake bowled seven overs for his fifer while Buddika Sandaruwan bowled four overs and picked up one wicket. Rangika, on the other hand, complemented his five-wicket haul in the first innings by taking a four-fer in just 2.3 overs.
But what surprised many that just one bowler conceded all the runs scored by Panadura. Rathnayake conceded 36 runs for his five wickets in seven overs while Sandaruwan and Rangika did not concede a single run.