One of Sri Lanka's greatest bowlers ever, Lasith Maling is widely known for his swift toe-crushing and one of a kind yorkers. At once, his unique action made it difficult for batsman to read his deliveries. However, ever since his retirement from the 50-over format, the Sri Lankan team has been in search of the next death over specialist for them to uplift their fallen spirits.
The wait finally seems to be over as 17-year-old Matheesha Pathirana took the field for the U-19 Sri Lankan team in the ICC U-19 World Cup. Swift run-up, identical slinging action and lethal yorkers made fan reminisce of veteran Lasith Malinga. The young prodigy made his mark in first-class cricket as he scalped six wickets for just seven runs in his debut game for Trinity. Here is a video of the prodigy bowler:
The U-19 World Cup between India and Sri Lanka which is currently underway has so far witnessed Matheesha Pathirana bowl 8 overs in the match but remained wicketless. Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to take the field first. India's opener Yashaswi Jaiswal slammed his half-century and subsequently, skipper Priyam Garg and DC Juel also notched up their fifties. Owing to these significant contributions, India managed to score 297 runs for the loss of four wickets setting a target of 298 for the Lankans to win.