Sri Lanka pacer Kasun Rajitha bags unwanted record in Australia's massive win over Malinga & Co. in Adelaide
Sri Lanka bowler Kasun Rajitha bagged an unwanted record as high flying Sri Lankan side was brought down by Australia in the three-match series opener at the Adelaide Oval. Kickstarting their ICC World T20 preparations with the three-match series with The Islanders, Australia thrashed Lasith Malinga and Co. by a record margin to take an early lead in Adelaide. With the Australian batting side running riot, Rajitha found himself on the receiving end as he finished up with the most dreadful spell in the history of T20 format on the international circuit.
Australia skipper Aaron Finch kickstarted the proceedings for the hosts with two glorious boundaries in the second over bowled by Rajitha which went for 11 runs. Warner then smashed Rajitha out of the park in the fifth over of the Australian innings which went for a whopping 21 runs. Skipper Malinga brought back by Rajitha in the tenth over after the latter had already conceded 32 runs in 12 balls. The struggling pacer continued to receive heavy bashing from the Aussie batsmen as he leaked 25 runs in his third over which propelled the host to cross the hundred-run mark in 9.4 overs.
The 26-year-old entered record books for all the wrong reasons when he completed his fourth over which wrapped up a shambolic piece bowling display. Rajitha's final over went for 18 runs, making his four overs quota finish at 0 for 75 which now stands as the worst bowling figures recorded in the history of T20 cricket. The Sri Lankan surpassed the previous best of Tunahan Turan, who leaked 70 runs for Turkey against Czech Republic.
The visitors had raised their stocks after a historic whitewash of the Pakistan national side in their own backyard. Sri Lanka have already begun their preparations for the T20I World Cup in Australia and a clean sweep of the three-match series against Pakistan was the testament to their impressive run in the T20 mix.
With the second string side of Sri Lanka humbling the World No.1 T20I side, the visitors were expected to pose a tough challenge in Australia, the host nation for the next instalment of the T20 World Cup. However, the Lankan Lions were brought to their knees by David Warner, who turned 33 today with a memorable knock.
Playing his first international game on soil after the infamous ball-tampering scandal in 2018 during Australia's tour to South Africa, the embattled opener took the Sri Lankan side to the cleaners with his batting masterclass. Making amends after a disappointing batting run in the Ashes, Warner rode back to his level best and pioneered Australia's biggest win the shortest format of the game.