The 28-year-old India National Cricket Team right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj dismissed the 24-year-old Sri Lanka National Cricket Team top-order batsman Avishka Fernando in the second ODI match on Thursday, January 12.
The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is hosting the second ODI of the three-match series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.
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Sri Lanka National Cricket Team won the toss and elected to bat first in the match and both the teams made injury-related changes to the playing XI.
Pathum Nissanka and Dilshan Madushanka were out with their respective injuries and the Lankan Team handed the debut cap to Nuwanidu Fernando and included Lahiru Kumara in the team. Also, the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was ruled out of the match due to a shoulder injury and was replaced by left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI.
Mohammed Siraj Cleans Up Avishka Fernando In Powerplay
The 24-year-old Fernando was unable to provide his side with a good start in the match. He smashed some good boundaries but was only able to contribute 20 runs off 17 balls, with 4 fours, before being knocked over by Siraj in the 6th over.
On the final delivery of the 6th over, Siraj bowled a length ball outside off-stump that shaped back in sharply after pitching. The Sri Lanka batter went for a big cover drive but ended up inside edging the ball onto his stumps.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2023
This was the second time Avishka Fernando fell prey to Siraj as in the first ODI in Guwahati he was cleaned up by the 28-year-old for 5 in the 4th over itself.
In the powerplay in ODIs since 2022, Siraj has bagged 19 wickets, which is the most by any bowler. Following him on the list are Trent Boult and Matt Henry with 10 wickets each to their name.