Young Cricket Sensation Dunith Wellalage Stuns with Babar Azam Dismissal

In the world of cricket, where bowlers strive for their entire careers to dismiss top-tier batsmen, Dunith Wellalage, a 20-year-old Sri Lankan spinner, is making headlines with an enviable list of high-profile scalps. His latest conquest? None other than Babar Azam, the top-ranked batter in the world.

The backdrop for this remarkable feat was a must-win game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium. In a rain-curtailed match, the Sri Lankan team made early inroads, restricting Pakistan to a modest 88/2 at the end of 20 overs.

The first blow for Pakistan came courtesy of Pramod Madushan, who dismissed the out-of-sorts Fakhar Zaman in just the fifth over. However, the game-changing moment occurred in the 16th over, orchestrated by Dunith Wellalage himself. Babar Azam, who had been batting imperiously on 29, faced a beautifully delivered ball from the young left-arm spinner.

Wellalage’s delivery was full and aimed at the stumps. Babar, with his characteristic elegance, moved forward to defend the ball. However, just as it landed in front of his bat, the Kookaburra ball turned sharply, eluding the outside edge of Babar’s bat. It nestled safely into the wicket-keeper’s gloves, and Kusal Mendis was quick to whip off the bails. An enthusiastic appeal followed, and despite initial doubts, the umpire referred the decision to the TV replay.

Upon review, it became clear that Babar Azam had to lift his back leg to maintain his balance, which was enough to seal his fate. Wellalage was understandably overjoyed; after all, dismissing a batsman of Babar’s caliber is no small feat. Babar Azam boasts an impressive ODI batting average of nearly 60.

This wicket added to Wellalage’s growing list of illustrious victims. He had previously claimed the scalps of Steve Smith, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli. His remarkable performances weren’t confined to individual achievements; he recently took a five-wicket haul against India, including the prized wickets of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

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Cricket enthusiasts and fans on Twitter were quick to shower praise on the 20-year-old spinner for his magical feats. Wellalage’s incredible delivery to dismiss Babar Azam was the talk of the cricketing world, a testament to his burgeoning talent and potential in the sport.

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