Malinga Bandara

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Malinga Bandara
මාලිංග බණ්ඩාර
Personal information
Full name Herath Mudiyanselage Charitha Malinga Bandara
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 37)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 71) 27 May 1998 v New Zealand
Last Test 3 April 2006 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 127) 6 January 2006 v New Zealand
Last ODI 1 April 2011 v India
ODI shirt no. 72
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Basnahira South
2006–present Ragama
2010 Kent
2005 Gloucestershire
2004–2005 Galle
2003–2004 Tamil Union
1998–2003 Nondescripts
1996–1997 Kalutara
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 8 31 151 137
Runs scored 124 160 3,430 1,126
Batting average 15.50 12.30 20.17 17.59
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 1/14 0/3
Top score 43 31 108 64
Balls bowled 1,152 1,470 20,994 5,846
Wickets 16 36 431 189
Bowling average 39.56 34.22 25.38 24.31
5 wickets in innings 0 0 14 4
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 3/84 4/31 8/49 5/22
Catches/stumpings 4/– 9/– 95/– 39/–
Source: CricketArchive, 8 February 2011

Herath Mudiyanselage Charitha Malinga Bandara (born 31 December 1979), commonly known as Malinga Bandara, is a Sri Lankan Test and one-day international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and also bowls legbreaks. He studied at the Kalutara Vidyalaya.

Bandara made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1998 but performed poorly and was subsequently dropped. A useful performance against England 'A' in March 2005 (securing match-figures of eleven for 126) resulted in a Test recall in December. He finished the three-Test series against India with nine wickets at an average of 32.88. Bandara made his ODI debut against New Zealand in January 2006 at Wellington and was highly successful in the tournament, taking fourteen wickets at an average of 23.92, a strike rate of 29.2, and an economy rate of 4.90, bettering his more famous spin twin Muttiah Muralitharan. He took his best bowling figures of four for 31 against South Africa in the final VB Series round robin match at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, on 7 February 2006. This performance ensured Sri Lanka's place in the finals against Australia.

He was subsequently ignored for Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka in 2005/2006 and missed out on the test series in England in 2006. In Sri Lankan domestic cricket, Bandara represents Galle Cricket Club. Having spent the previous two summers at Normandy CC of the Surrey Championship, turning out in 55 Games for the club, he also played county cricket for English county Gloucestershire during the 2005 season, he was so successful with both bat and ball that he was named "Gloucestershire Player of the Season".[citation needed] He joined Kent in 2010.[1]


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