WT20: Bowlers' claim to fame in T20I debut

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Published: Friday, September 28, 2012, 13:12 [IST]
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WT20: Wickets off 1st over in T20I debut

Bangalore, Sep 28: Akila Dananjaya, the youngest T20 player for Sri Lanka also became the only Sri Lankan cricketer to have claimed a wicket off the first over in T20 Internationals.

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.

           Player       Batsman    Match          Venue
 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

 Rory Kleinveldt(SA)

 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

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