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Malinga Bandara

Malinga Bandara
Personal information
Full name
Herath Mudiyanselage Charitha Malinga Bandara
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 44)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
BowlingRight arm leg break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 71)27 May 1998 v New Zealand
Last Test3 April 2006 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 127)6 January 2006 v New Zealand
Last ODI1 April 2011 v India
ODI shirt no.72
T20I debut (cap 6)26 December 2006 v New Zealand
Last T20I4 September 2009 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2003/04Tamil Union
2007/08–2009/10Basnahira South
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 8 31 190 177
Runs scored 124 160 4,304 1,401
Batting average 15.50 12.30 20.01 17.96
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 1/16 0/3
Top score 43 31 108 64
Balls bowled 1,152 1,470 26,573 7,758
Wickets 16 36 570 245
Bowling average 39.56 34.22 25.43 24.46
5 wickets in innings 0 0 22 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 3/84 4/31 8/49 5/22
Catches/stumpings 4/– 9/– 129/– 50/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Sri Lanka
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 2007 West Indies
Source: Cricinfo, 21 March 2020

Herath Mudiyanselage Charitha Malinga Bandara (born 31 December 1979), commonly known as Malinga Bandara, is a former Sri Lankan international cricketer. He played as a right-handed batsman who bowled leg breaks. He studied at the Kalutara Vidyalaya. He was the coach of the Sri Lankan team which finished as runners-up at the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Domestic career

In Sri Lankan domestic cricket, Bandara played for a variety of sides. 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 the ball that he was named "Gloucestershire Player of the Season".[citation needed] He joined Kent County Cricket Club for the 2010 season.[1][2]

International career

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.[3]

Bandara made his One Day International (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 29.20, and an economy rate of 4.90, bettering the team's more famous spin bowler 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.[4]

He was subsequently not selected for Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka in 2005–06 and missed out on the Test series in England in 2006.


  1. ^ "Kent bow excites spinner Malinga Bandara". 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Kent sign Malinga Bandara". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ "India spin to emphatic series win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Bandara spins Sri Lanka into the finals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
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