In the build as much as the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, CricketCountry brings to you the most memorable moments and fits from the tournament overtime – right from its first version, manner back in 1975. With 60 days to go, in our modern-day World Cup Countdown, we retake a glance at a run-fest full of data accompanied by using a quirk from Hashan Tillakaratne.


On March 6, 1996, at Kandy, hosts Sri Lanka hammered Kenya through one hundred forty-four runs in a league recreation of the 1996 World Cup. Arjuna Ranatunga‘s crew has crowned their organization even as Kenya had been already removed, which grew to become his Group A ultimate sport right into a formality of sorts. Kenya skipper Maurice Odumbe won the toss and put Sri Lanka into bat, which raised eyebrows given the electricity of their batting; in any case, they had without difficulty chased India’s 272 a few days before. (World Cup Countdown: 1996 – Kenya stun West Indies) A batting line-up comprising of Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva Ranatunga, Tillakaratne, and Roshan Mahanama became given a tremendous platform to rack up a big overall on flat music at a small venue.

Jayasuriya began as he so frequently did, hitting forty-four off 27 balls with five fours and 3 sixes. Kaluwitharana, as he did via the tournament, made a small rating (33); however, it got here off 18 balls and with Jayasuriya gave Sri Lanka a beginning of eighty-three runs in a short time. Gurusinha, Sri Lanka’s No 3, made 84 off 103 balls. De Silva surged to a hundred forty-five from 115 balls with 14 fours and five sixes at No four. (World Cup Countdown: In the struggle of minnows, UAE check-in maiden ODI victory) Ranatunga had a laugh time, too, smacking an unbeaten seventy-five off 40 balls with thirteen fours and a six.

Tillakaratne, within the midst of the boundary barrage, became run out for 0. Sri Lanka soared to 398/5 in 50 overs to set a new World Cup report, going past West Indies’ 360/four set against them in 1987, in addition to the best ODI score of all time. When their 50 overs ended, the scoreboard confirmed 397/5. A run changed into later brought to the entire.
Expectedly, Kenya never was given close. Steve Tikilo ignored a century with the aid of four runs and wast the simplest batsman to check in a half of-century in Kenya’s 254/7 in 50 overs.

Interestingly, there was a touch quirk in the direction of the give up of thee healthy. Having taken wickets, Ranatunga tossed the ball to Tillakaratne to bowl his off-breaks in the very last over. Tillakaratne played for Nondescripts Cricket Club, the name originating from the truth that the club did not distinguish between cricketers during choice. Probably inspired by his club’s motto, Tillakaratne decided not to reveal bias closer to any of his arms. He brought 3 balls with his left arm, then knowledgeable the umpire and directly switched to breaks. It remains the best-recognized instance of switching fingers all through and over in a worldwide game.

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