Sri Lankan spinners set a rare precedent against India.

Dunith Wellalage, one of the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 stars, spearheaded Sri Lanka’s remarkable bowling effort against India in Colombo in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 battle.

Wellalage took his first five-wicket haul, dismissing each of India’s top four batters in a remarkable spell to strengthen his prospects of making his senior Cricket World Cup debut next month.

The left-arm spinner joined Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in a good opening stand before dismissing the latter with a sharply spun delivery that beat the outside edge.

Next ball, he nearly got a leading edge off Virat Kohli’s bat, and eventually got him out when a delivery on the shorter side stayed to the wicket and Kohli miscued the flick to mid-wicket.

Wellalage, on the other hand, was not finished, as he broke through a settled Rohit’s defense with a skiddy delivery that stayed low and slammed into leg-stump.

He went on to dismiss KL Rahul to utterly demolish India’s top-order and completed with a five-wicket haul, taking a wicket off the final ball he delivered.

With Wellalage’s five-for and Charith Asalanka’s four-wicket haul, Sri Lanka’s spinners grabbed all ten wickets in India’s innings, with Maheesh Theekshana taking the final one to bowl India out after the rain break.

This was the first time India has lost all ten wickets against spin in a men’s ODI. Sri Lanka’s spinners had claimed nine wickets against India at the same venue in 1997, the maximum for spinners against them in a men’s ODI until today.

Wellalage’s first international haul of five wickets builds on his success at the U19 level in the 2022 ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup, where he led the wickets chart with 17 scalps.

He also had a strong offensive performance, scoring 264 runs at an average of 44, including a century.

The spinners’ efforts helped Sri Lanka knock India out for 213 in the vital Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2023.