Dimuth Karunaratne

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Dimuth Karunaratne
දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න
Personal information
Full name Frank Dimuth Madushanka Karunaratne
Born (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 29)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Dimma
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Opening Batsman
Relations Anuradha Kurukulasooriya (wife) (m.2015)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 123) 17 November 2012 v New Zealand
Last Test 8 February 2018 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 146) 9 July 2011 v England
Last ODI 1 March 2015 v England
ODI shirt no. 21
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Sinhalese Sports Club
2009 Basnahira North
2010–present Wayamba
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 49 17 143 104
Runs scored 3,186 190 10,510 2,838
Batting average 34.63 15.83 46.46 31.18
100s/50s 7/14 0/1 35/43 4/16
Top score 196 60 212 120
Balls bowled 144 10 574 22
Wickets 1 0 3 2
Bowling average 97.00 116.33 16.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/31 1/5 2/13
Catches/stumpings 42/0 4/0 151/1 47/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 11 February 2018

Frank Dimuth Madushanka Karunaratne (Sinhalese: දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න) or Dimuth Karunaratne, (born 21 April 1988 in Colombo) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a left-handed player who represent the country in both Tests and ODIs, and plays first class cricket for the Sinhalese Sports Club. Though not playing limited overs for Sri Lanka currently, Karunaratne is the permanent opening batsman for Sri Lanka in Test cricket.[1]

Since 2015, Karunaratne became the leading batsman for Sri Lanka in many Tests due to his remarkable century making in the second innings of Test matches.[2] He was described as second-innings specialist by many commentators. He scored 4 centuries in second innings out of the 6 centuries made until October 2017.[3] On 7 October 2017, Karunaratne became the second Sri Lankan opener after Tillakaratne Dilshan to score three Test centuries in a calendar year.

Personal life

Dimuth Karunaratne is married to the model and teledrama actress, Anuradha Kurukulasooriya. The wedding was held on 29 April 2015 at Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo with the presence of President Maithreepala Sirisena. The home coming party was celebrated at Avenra Garden Hotel, Negombo on next day.[4][5][6]

Early career

Karunaratne attended the prestigious St. Joseph's College, Colombo, which has produced a number of Sri Lankan test cricketers such as Chaminda Vaas, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera[citation needed]. He was a record-breaking batsman for the school's cricket team.[7] After featuring in Sri Lanka's Under-19 and A squads, he was called into the senior One Day International (ODI) team for the series against England and Scotland in June and July 2011.[8] He played in two matches on the tour, scoring four runs against England in Manchester, and 60 against Scotland in Edinburgh.[1] He was selected in Sri Lanka's Test squad for its tour of South Africa at the end of 2011, although did not play in any of the three Tests.[9]

International career

He was recalled into the Test squad for the home Tests against New Zealand during late 2012. He got the opportunity due to Tillakaratne Dilshan being unable to make the XI because of an injury. He debuted in the first Test in that series, in Galle, only to get out for a duck in the first innings. However, he came back strongly in the 2nd innings with an unbeaten half century and hit the winning runs as well.[10] Following the New Zealand series he was called into the test squad which was to tour Australia for a three test match series. During the first two tests in that series he failed to have an impact as he struggled against the Australian pace attack. In the final test of the series in Sydney he managed to get his highest test score of 85 in the second innings.

His maiden century came against New Zealand on 28 December 2014 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. He scored 152 runs from 363 balls in the second match of the series, where Sri Lanka in deep trouble of even draw the match. Eventually, Sri Lanka lost the match.

He was picked to the original squad of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, but during a practice match, he broke a bone in his right hand and was removed from the team after the match against England. Kusal Perera replaced to Dimuth's place.[11]

His second Test hundred came against Pakistan in Kandy, scored 133 runs in first innings of the third match of the series. As his first Test century became waste, nothing different in this time. Sri Lanka lost the match by 7 wickets.

His highest score in Test cricket was recorded during the first Test against West Indies in 2015 at Galle. He scored magnificent 186 runs and unfortunately got out in bowling of Marlon Samuels. He with Dinesh Chandimal, who also scored a century, recorded the highest partnership for the third wickelt at Galle, by scoring 238 runs. Sri Lanka easily defeated West Indies by an innings and 5 runs.

Karunaratne showed very poor performance at home against Australia. He was trapped lbw and caught five times to Mitchell Starc in the first over of the each innings. He only scored 41 runs in three matches, including five single-digit scores, at average of 6.83 in six innings against Australia. Despite his poor performance, Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia 3–0 for the first time.

Karunaratne was named captain of the A team for the first two four-day games at home against West Indies A.[12] He scored 131 in first innings and 39* in second innings, guides Sri Lanka A to seven-wicket win.[13][14] This strong comeback gave him to name for the Test team for Zimbabwe tour in late October 2016.

During the first innings of the first Test against Zimbabwe, Karunaratne scored a fifty and in second innings scored his fourth Test century. Sri Lanka finally won the match by 225 runs. In the second Test, he scored 88 runs in the second innings, guided Sri Lanka to post impossible chasing to Zimbabwe.[15] With impressive bowling by skipper Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka won the match by 257 runs, and whitewashed the series 2–0. Karunaratne won player of the series for his batting performance, scored 280 runs at an average of 70.00.[16]

He took his maiden Test wicket by dismissing Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara during the second test at SSC. In the second innings of the same match, he scored his sixth century, in Sri Lanka's follow-on. However, Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis had a partnership of 191, Sri Lanka lost the match by an innings and 53 runs. This was the first time that India won a test match by an innings against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.[17]

He scored his fifth test century on 6 August 2017 against India and had a century partnership with Kusal Mendis. However, his century did not change the results for Sri Lanka, where they lost all three matches against India.[18]

Sri Lanka played their first day-night Test on 6 October 2017 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium against Pakistan. In the match, Karunatane scored mighty innings of 196 and Sri Lanka scored 400+ in their first innings. With that, Karunaratne became the first Sri Lankan to score 50, 100 and 150 in a day-night Test as well.[19][20] He fell just short 4 runs away by the double century, when Karunaratne poked at a short delivery that came back slightly off the seam and the ball took his inside edge, hit his thigh pad, and clattered into his stumps.[21] However, in the second innings, Sri Lanka were all out for just 96 runs. With the help of bowling department, Sri Lanka won the match by 68 runs after a thrilling finish in the fifth day. For his batting performances throughout the Test series, Karunaratne was adjudged both Man of the match of second match and Player of series awards.[22]

During the first innings of second Test against India, Karunaratne completed 1000 Test run in a year 2017 with the average of 42.41. He is the second batsman to get to 1000 Test runs in 2017, after South African opener Dean Elgar.[23][24] He is the seventh Sri Lankan to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year as well.

International centuries

Test centuries

Dimuth Karunaratne's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
1 152 14  New Zealand New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Hagley Oval 26 December 2015 Lost
2 130 18  Pakistan Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele Cricket Stadium 3 July 2015 Lost
3 186 22  West Indies Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 14 October 2015 Won
4 110 32  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 29 October 2016 Won
5 126 38  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 15 March 2017 Lost
6 141 41  India Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 3 August 2017 Lost
7 196 44  Pakistan United Arab Emirates Dubai, UAE Dubai Cricket Stadium 6 October 2017 Won

International awards

Test cricket

Man of the match awards

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Sri Lanka v Pakistan in UAE 2017/18 1st Innings – 196 (405 balls: 19x4, 1x6) ;
2nd Innings - 7 (27 balls: 1x4) ;
 Sri Lanka Won by 68 runs.[25]

Player of the Series awards

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe Test Series 2016/17 280 runs (1x100, 2x50), avg. 70.00 (2 Matches).  Sri Lanka won the series 2–0.[26]
1 Sri Lanka v Pakistan in UAE Test Series 2017/18 306 runs (1x100, 2x50), avg. 76.50 (2 Matches).  Sri Lanka won the series 2–0.[27]


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