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Perera becomes first Sri Lankan to hit six sixes in an over

01 April 2021, MVT 12:26
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2015 former Sri Lanka fast bowler and current bowling coach Chaminda Vaas (L) speaks to Thisara Perera during a training session at the Bellerive Oval ground ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Scotland and Sri Lanka in Hobart. - Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach Chaminda Vaas returned to his job a month after quitting over a pay dispute that was "amicably resolved," the cricket board said on March 26, 2021. (Photo by Indranil MUKHERJEE / AFP)
01 April 2021, MVT 12:26

All-rounder Thisara Perera has become the first Sri Lankan cricketer to hit six sixes off one over during a domestic match in Colombo.

The 31-year-old, playing for the Sri Lanka army team, cleared the ropes a total of eight times in his whirlwind unbeaten 52 off 13 balls against the Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club at the weekend.

Perera is the second player to achieve the feat in 2021 and coincidentally was on the field when it happened earlier this month as Kieron Pollard hit six sixes off Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya in a Twenty20 international in Antigua.

Perera scored only one that day but now joins an exclusive club of nine batsmen to score 36 off an over in professional cricket alongside Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai, Leo Carter and Pollard.

Perera has played six Tests, 166 one-day internationals and 84 Twenty20 internationals for Sri Lanka, but his power-hitting display on this occasion was in vain because the match was abandoned due to rain.

Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP

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