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Friday, September 5, 2008

The most feared Sri lankan bowler

Posted by Hilal

It is not everyday that Sri Lankan Cricket gets a mention in the Cayman Island press but Mystery Spinner AJantha Mendis seems to have the whole world talking.

In a column titled 'On The Cricket Pitch' Phillip Hackett discusses the magic of Mendis. Click here to read it in full.

While the 23-year-old Mendis is yet to stand the Test of time, the manner in which he has taken the cricket world by storm is nothing short of amazing. Playing alongside the great Muralitharan he has made the veteran off spinner almost seem ordinary by comparison.

The pair combined for 28 wickets in the Asia Cup recently, 17 of them to Mendis. His strike rate (balls per wicket) at 14.8 was almost twice as impressive as Murali’s 26.1.

It was Mendis who bowled the Sri Lankans to victory in the final against India [video], with figures of six for 13 off eight overs. If his performance in ODIs didn’t provide enough evidence of his class, he went on to torment India in the three Test series with a record-breaking 26 wickets.

Muralitharan bowled five overs fewer and the bowling partners produced almost identical economy rates (Mendis 2.92, Murali 2.90) but Mendis was comfortably ahead in strike rate (37.6 to Murali’s 45.9) and bowling average (18.38 to Murali’s 22.23).

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