38* off 91 balls, Maheesh Theekshana scripts history to help Sri Lanka post fighting total against New Zealand

Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madushanka vs New Zealand in
Image Source : AP Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madushanka vs New Zealand in Bengaluru on November 9

New Zealand managed to bowl out Sri Lanka on just 171 runs while fielding first to boost their World Cup 2023 semifinal qualification hopes on Thursday, November 9. Sri Lanka are seeking a consolation win having already been eliminated from the semifinal race and now are facing potentially heartbreaking defeat in their last game in the tournament. 

However, things would have been worse for Sri Lanka as they witnessed an embarrassing collapse while batting first at  Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Trent Boult‘s early strikes and then impressive spells from spin all-rounders Mitchell Santner and  Rachin Ravindra put Sri Lanka down to 9 wickets with just 128 runs.

But a sensational 43-run stand for the 10th wicket from Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madhushanka helped Sri Lanka score 171 runs. Theekshana remained unbeaten on 38 runs off 91 balls while Madushanka scored 19 runs off 48 balls. The duo faced 87 balls for the last wicket and pulled off a record for the most balls faced for the 19th wicket in World Cup history.

Most balls faced for a 10th wicket partnership in World Cup history:

  1. 87 balls – Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madhushanka vs New Zealand, Bengaluru, 2023
  2. 71 balls – Tim de Leede and Jeroen Smits vs England, East London, 2003
  3. 62 balls – Brad Haddin and Pat Cummins vs New Zealand, Auckland, 2015
  4. 60 balls – James Franklin and Jeetan Patel vs Sri Lanka, Kingston, 2007

Theekshana has recently proved his batting skills with impressive cameos down the order. Theekshana scored his highest ODI score by adding an unbeaten 38 runs today and faced 91 balls to deny New Zealand early success. Theekshana has now faced the most balls while batting at no.9 position or below in ODI cricket history. 

Most balls faced from No.9 or below in an ODI innings in World Cup history

  1. 91* balls – Maheesh Theekshana vs New Zealand, 2023
  2. 83 balls – Andy Bichel vs New Zealand, 2003
  3. 82 balls – Imran Khan vs England, 1979

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