Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Perera has become the only second player in history to score two double-centuries in a single first-class match.
Angelo Perera, the captain of Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC), has achieved a rare feat. He smashed 201 off 203 balls, almost a run a ball in the first innings and then scored further 231 off 268 balls in the second innings in the Tournament Tier A match against Sinhalese Sports Club at the P Sara Oval, Colombo.
This rare incident has happened only for the second time in cricket history so far. Before Perera’s innings, it had happened in the year 1938. Kent batsman Arthur Fagg at the age of 23, scored 244, and 202* runs for Kent County Cricket Club against Essex in Colchester. Now, after 81 years long gap, Angelo Perera achieved the same feat in Colombo in Srilanka.
201 off 203 and 231 off 268 – Angelo Perera becomes just the second player to hit two double-centuries in a first-class match! 👏https://t.co/kriR6mC3uZ
— ICC (@ICC) February 4, 2019
The right-hand batter made his One Day debut for Sri Lanka in July 2013 and played four ODIs; where he scored mere 8 runs. Perera was featured in two T20I matches as well and scored only 4 runs. He was not able to impress with the ball as well. His inconsistent performance caused his exclusion from the national team. However, he has been impressive in the first-class matches; where he has scored 6,941 runs in 97 first-class matches with an average of 47.54. He has 18 centuries too in the First-Class cricket.
After having reduced to 3/44 in their second innings, Nondescripts Cricket Club started struggling. A 267-run partnership between Perera and Pathum Nissanka (167) before Perera went on to a double century to inscribe his name in the record books, became their saviour.
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The ground pitch of SSC was too flat; where the lowest total was 444. The pitch is well known as a batting paradise. In 2006 Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara added 624 for the third wicket against South Africa; which remains the record stand for any wicket in first-class cricket till date. Perera’s score came against a decent bowling attack featuring former Sri Lanka bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Sachithra Senanayake.
The game was a high-scoring one where three other batsmen across both sides scored tons, and just 26 wickets fell across both the sides during the four days. As a result, the match went to a draw. Nondescripts Cricket Club remained winless in the tournament so far and currently placed second from the bottom.
He is now the fifth highest run-getter in the tournament this year. He has 882 runs in six matches including two double centuries. Chilaw Marians Cricket Club’s Oshada Fernando is placed at the top of the chart with 1181 runs in nine matches. 14 double-tons have been scored so far where Kaushal Silva scored the highest (274). Angelo Perera is the only batsman to hit two double tons in a single game so far.