Fact Check: Did Sri Lanka U19’s Matheesha Pathirana bowl a 175 kph delivery against India?

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 20, 2020 8:50:18 pm Matheesha Pathirana has a bowling action reminiscent of Lasith Malinga. (Source: ICC) Matheesha Pathirana, Sri Lanka U19’s fast bowler, stole the headlines on Sunday in an ICC U19 World...

Fact Check: Did Sri Lanka U19’s Matheesha Pathirana bowl a 175 kph delivery against India?
By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 20, 2020 8:50:18 pm
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Matheesha Pathirana, Sri Lanka U19’s fast bowler, stole the headlines on Sunday in an ICC U19 World Cup match in Bloemfontein because of a rather innocuous delivery to India U19’s Yashasvi Jaiswal which went for a wide. What was rather astonishing about the delivery from the pacer is that it was recorded at 175kph (108mph), making it the fastest recorded ball ever bowled in international cricket — across all levels.

Although Sri Lanka slumped to a 90-run defeat in the opener of the tournament, Pathirana’s delivery brought the Lankans a record. In the fourth over of India’s innings, who were batting first, the 17-year-old pitched the ball short which went past Jaiswal’s right shoulder and behind to the wicketkeeper.