Pathirana had a chance to debut for the Sri Lankan team, he played an important role in helping CSK win the IPL

The 3 match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan started on 2 June. In the first ODI of the series, Mathisha Pathirana, part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team, who bowled best in IPL season 16, got a chance to debut for the Sri Lankan team. Mathisha played brilliantly in death overs under the captaincy of Dhoni in this IPL season.

Mathisha Pathirana is also known as Baby Malinga. In IPL season 16, Pathirana got a chance to play in 12 matches for Chennai Super Kings. Pathirana took a total of 19 wickets at an average of 19.53 in bowling around 50 overs. Dhoni used to bowl Pathirana only after the final of 10 overs and Pathirana was seen bowling 3 of the last 5 overs.

Now 20-year-old Mathisha Pathirana also has a chance to debut for the Sri Lankan team. In which the team will expect some similar performance from him. To keep Pathirana for a long time, Sri Lanka Cricket will have to pay special attention to it. Dhoni has already alerted Sri Lanka Cricket about this. In which according to him, Sri Lanka should focus on feeding Pathirana in ODI and T20 format only.

Sri Lanka failed to directly qualify for the ODI World Cup due to be held in India later this year. In such a situation, he will now have to participate in the qualifying round that will take place in Zimbabwe next month. Sri Lanka will try to perform better in this 3 match ODI series so that they can fully prepare before the qualifiers.

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