Sri Lankan seamer Chanaka Welegedara, on April 5th, equalled the world record for the most economical four-over spell in the history of T20 Cricket. He achieved this feat against Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka’s domestic league at Colombo Cricket Club, where he returned with an outstanding figures of 4-2-2-4.
Chasing a competitive target of 142, Tamil Union skipper Welegedara made light work of opposition line-up and coming in as first change, he removed Minod Bhanuka in the first over of the innings and got rid off Thilan Kandamby two balls later. His other two victims were Sachitra Senanayake and Charith Jayampathi. The Sinhalese Sports Club batsmen never got going and their innings ended on 97 with 4.3 overs to spare.
The left-arm seamer equalled the record set by South Africa’s Chris Morris last year, who took 2-2 from four overs with three maidens while playing for Highveld Lions against Cape Cobras.
The 34-year-old Welegedara has played 21 Tests and 10 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, and played his only two T20 internationals way back in 2010.
Stat: List of the most economical spells in T20
Chanaka Welegedara: 4-2-2-4
Chris Morris: 4-3-2-2
Zulfiqar Babar: 4-2-3-2
Shoaib Malik: 4-2-3-1
Sunil Narine: 4-1-3-0