|Full name||Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa|
13 May 1978 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Batting style||Left-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Left-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 66)||7–10 March 1997 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||9–13 July 2004 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 88)||25 March 1997 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||8 February 2007 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|1996/97-2010/11||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 September 2015|
Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a lanky left-arm seam bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs 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 his first three balls of a Test match. He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999, dismissing Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.
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.
Zoysa's golden era in international cricket came during 2004 season, where he was the main strike bowler accompany with Chaminda Vaas. He performed well in bat and ball in numerous occasions, enable to win many bilateral, tri-series and ICC major tournaments. His highest ODI score came against Australia. He has single Test and ODI fifer each as well.
Nuwan Zoysa was appointed to the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department of Sri Lanka Cricket on 1 October 2015 prior to which he has worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & Nondiscripts as Fast Bowling Coach before joining SLC.
Test 5-Wicket hauls
|1||5/20||27||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||Harare||Zimbabwe||2001|
ODI 5-Wicket hauls
|1||5/26||80||South Africa||R Premadasa Stadium||Colombo||Sri Lanka||2004|
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||Pakistan||Galle Stadium||5 July 2000||9–2–34–4 ; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.|
|2||Australia||SSC Ground||29 February 2004||10–3–34–3 ; 47* (42 balls: 5x4, 2x6)||Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.|
|3||India||Rangiri Dambulla Stadium||18 July 2004||DNB ; 10-2-49-3||Sri Lanka won by 12 runs.|
|4||Pakistan||R. Premadasa Stadium||21 July 2004||10–0–29–3; DNB||Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.|
|5||South Africa||R. Premadasa Stadium||28 August 2004||6 (8 balls); 8–0–26–5||Sri Lanka won by 37 runs.|
- Determined Isipathana
- "Singer Triangular Series, 2000 - 1st match".
- "Australia in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2003/04 - 5th match".
- "Asia Cup, 2004 - 6th match, Group B".
- "Asia Cup, 2004 - 8th match".
- "South Africa in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2004 - 2nd ODI".
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