Dananjaya, who is turning 19 on Oct 4, 2012, wouldn't have asked for a better debut, as he claimed two wickets by dismissing New Zealand's openers to give Sri Lanka the much needed breakthrough, after NZ had hammered Lanka for 43 runs off 6 overs.
With figures of 4-0-32-2 Dananjaya also recorded the third best bowling figures on debut.
While he became the first Sri Lankan cricketer to have claimed a wicket off the first over on his T20 international debut, there are a few cricketers who have achieved the same off the first over of their career.
Australia's Mike Kasprowicz dismissed Stephen Fleming of New Zealand off the first ball of his career, at Auckland in 2004/2005. While he claimed two wickets off the over, having dismissed two Kiwi batsmen off the first two balls of his career
While South Africa's Alfonso Thomas and RK Kleinveldt, India's Virat Kohli and Australia's Shaun Tait also achieved the feat as they claimed a wicket off their first over in career.
|Michael Kasprowicz (Aus)||Stephen Fleming||Aus Vs NZ||Auckland, 2004-05|
|Alfonso Thomas (SA)||Imran Nazir||SA Vs Pak||Johannesburg, 2006-07|
|Shaun Tait (Aus)||Jamie How||Aus Vs NZ||Perth, 2007-08|
| Junaid Siddique
|| SA Vs B'desh
|| Johannesburg, 2008-09
Virat Kohli (India)
| Kevin Pietersen
|| India Vs Eng
|| Manchester, 2011
|Akila Dananjaya (SL)||Martin Guptill||SL Vs NZ||Pallekele, 2012|