Nuwan Zoysa

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Nuwan Zoysa
Personal information
Full name Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 30 95
Runs scored 288 343
Batting average 8.47 13.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 28* 47*
Balls bowled 4422 4259
Wickets 64 108
Bowling average 33.70 29.75
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/20 5/26
Catches/stumpings 4/- 13/-
Source: [1], 9 February 2006

Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa (born May 13, 1978 in Colombo) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a lanky left-arm seam bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODI's for Sri Lanka. Nuwan was educated at Isipathana College, Colombo. In his eighth Test, Zoysa became the first player in the history to take a hat-trick off the first three balls of the test match. He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999. In his first three balls of the Test match he took the wickets of Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson. Nuwan was educated at Isipathana Vidyalaya Colombo.[1]

Zoysa made his first class debut in 1996/97 and during his first season he took his career best figures of 7 for 58, playing for Sinhalese Sports Club. He made his Test debut soon after in Dunedin against New Zealand. He has gone on to take over 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka, the ninth to have achieved the milestone.

An aggressive lower order batsman, Zoysa once won an ODI game against Australia with an unbeaten 47. He was also bought by the Deccan Chargers Franchise in the IPL but he was removed from the team for his poor performances.

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