|Full name||Mahawaduge Dilruwan Kamalaneth Perera|
22 July 1982 |
Panadura, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Bowling||Right arm off spin|
|Relations||Rangi Prasadi (spouse)|
|Test debut (cap 126)||17 January 2014 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||8 February 2018 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 133)||13 October 2007 v England|
|Last ODI||1 April 2017 v Bangladesh|
|T20I debut (cap 40)||6 August 2011 v Australia|
|Last T20I||25 November 2011 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|2000/01–03/04||Panadura Sports Club|
|2004/05||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club|
|2005/06–06/07||Panadura Sports Club|
|2007/08–present||Colts Cricket Club|
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 11 February 2018
Mahawaduge Dilruwan Kamalaneth Perera (born 22 July 1982), or Dilruwan Perera, (Sinhalese: දිල්රුවන් පෙරේරා) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who currently plays for Tests and ODIs. He plays domestically for the Colts Cricket Club. An allrounder, Perera is a right-arm offbreak bowler and right-handed batsman. He is the quickest Sri Lankan bowler to reach both 50 and 100 Test wickets. Dilruwan is a past student of Sri Sumangala College.
In 2004 he represented Sri Lanka at the Hong Kong Sixes competition.
After a series of good bowling and five-wicket hauls, Perera was dropped from the Test squad due to many upcoming new talents. However, he had late response to international cricket at the age of 30, Perera showcased him sheer talents when he get the chance to play. Perera was included to the Test series against West Indies in October 2015, and played in the second Test at P Sara Oval. He could not show talents with the bat, but he took 4 wickets in crucial intervals of the match. Sri Lanka finally won the match by 72 runs and won the series 2-0.
Perera was included to the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy in 2016, as a frontline spinner with Rangana Herath. In the second test at Galle, he took ten wickets for 99 runs in the match with his best bowling figures of 6/70 in the second innings. He also scored his highest Test score of 64 in the second innings, becoming the first Sri Lankan to score a fifty and to take a ten-wicket haul in the same Test. Sri Lanka won the match by 229 runs and won the Warne-Murali Trophy as well.
With bowling maestro Herath, Perera devastated Australian batting line up in all three matches. In the whole series, Perera took 15 wickets and Herath took 28 wickets. The spin duo provided the series win and whitewash of Australia for the first time.
During the first test against India, Perera scored unbeaten 92 runs, which was praised by commentators as a fighting inning. However, with falling wickets at the other end, he was stranded eight short of a maiden Test century. In the second innings, Perera also scored brisk unbeaten 21 runs as well. However, Sri Lanka lost the match by 304 runs.
Perera took his fifth five-wicket haul on 10 October 2017 against Pakistan at Dubai. His bowling figures of 5 for 98 in the second innings provided Sri Lanka to win the match by 68 runs and Sri Lanka sweep the series 2-0. With 5/98, Perera became the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul in day-night Tests.
During the third test against India, he took his 100th test wicket by dismissing Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. With 25 matches to reach the milestone, Perera became the fastest bowler for Sri Lanka, in terms of matches played, to take 100 wickets in Tests.
- He is the fastest Sri Lankan to reach 50 Test wickets (in 11 matches)
- He is the fastest Sri Lankan to take 100 Test wickets (in 25 matches).
- He is the first Sri Lankan to take 10 wickets and score a half-century in the same Test.
- He is the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul in an innings of a day-night Test match.
Test five-wicket hauls
|1||5/109||2||Bangladesh||Shere Bangla Stadium||Dhaka||Bangladesh||2014|
|2||5/69||5||South Africa||SSC Ground||Colombo||Sri Lanka||2014|
|3||5/137||6||Pakistan||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2014|
|4||6/70||11||Australia||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2016|
|5||5/98||22||Pakistan||Dubai Cricket Stadium||Dubai||UAE||2017|
Test 10 wicket hauls
|1||10/99||11||Australia||Galle International Stadium||Galle||Sri Lanka||2016|
- Dialog SLC Test All-rounder of the year 2016-17.
Man of the match awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||2nd Test - Warne-Murali Trophy||2016||1st Innings - 16 (31 balls, 2x4) ; 15-4-29-4
2nd Innings - 64 (89 balls, 7x4, 2x6); 23-5-70-6
|Sri Lanka won by 229 runs.|
Player of the Series awards
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series||2014||16 wickets with one five-wicket haul, avg. 23.12
19 runs (2 matches)
|South Africa won the series 1-0.|
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