Nuwan Zoysa

Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa (born 13 May 1978 in Colombo), or Nuwan Zoysa, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He was a tall left-arm seam bowler, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka. Nuwan was educated at Isipathana College, Colombo.[1]

In his eighth Test, Zoysa became the first player in the history to take a hat-trick off his first three balls of a Test match. He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999, dismissing Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.[2]

Nuwan Zoysa
නුවන් සොයිසා
Personal information
Full nameDemuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
Born13 May 1978 (age 40)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 66)7–10 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last Test9–13 July 2004 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 88)25 March 1997 v New Zealand
Last ODI8 February 2007 v India
Domestic team information
1996/97-2010/11Sinhalese Sports Club
2007/08Deccan Chargers
2008/09-2009/10Basnahira South
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 30 95
Runs scored 288 343
Batting average 8.47 13.19
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 28* 47*
Balls bowled 4422 4259
Wickets 64 108
Bowling average 33.70 29.75
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/20 5/26
Catches/stumpings 4/- 13/-
Source: Cricinfo, 16 September 2015

International career

Zoysa made his first class debut in 1996/97 and during his first season he took his career best figures of 7 for 58, playing for Sinhalese Sports Club. He made his Test debut soon after in Dunedin against New Zealand. He has gone on to take over 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka, the ninth to have achieved the milestone.

An aggressive lower order batsman, Zoysa once won an ODI game against Australia with an unbeaten 47. Zoysa's golden era in international cricket came during 2004 season, where he was the main strike bowler accompany with Chaminda Vaas. He performed well in bat and ball in numerous occasions, enable to win many bilateral, tri-series and ICC major tournaments. His highest ODI score came against Australia. He has single Test and ODI fifer each as well.

Domestic career

He was also bought by the Deccan Chargers Franchise in the IPL but he was removed from the team for his poor performances.


Nuwan Zoysa was appointed to the National Fast Bowling Coaching Department of Sri Lanka Cricket on 1 October 2015 prior to which he has worked in India with Goa Cricket Association and with Royal College & Nondiscripts as Fast Bowling Coach before joining SLC.[3]

In October 2018, he was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for three breaches of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.[4]


  1. ^ Determined Isipathana Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Sting in the tail". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
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  4. ^ "Sri Lanka coach charged under ICC Anti-Corruption code". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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2000 Asia Cup

The 2000 Asia Cup (as called Pepsi Asia Cup) was the seventh edition of the Asia Cup for cricket, which was held in Bangladesh between May–June, 2000. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh took part in the tournament. Pakistan won the tournament beating Sri Lanka by 39 runs in the final. All the games were played at Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium. Yousuf Youhana was declared the Man of the Series.

2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy

The 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy was a One Day International cricket tournament held in Kenya (which helped to increase the popularity of cricket in Kenya). New Zealand were crowned champions and cashed the winner's cheque of US$250 000. It was their first win in a major ICC tournament. Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Marlon Samuels made their ODI debuts during the competition.

All the test playing nations participated in the tournament along with the leading Associates Bangladesh and hosts Kenya. As there were 11 teams taking part, three would miss out on a spot in the quarter finals. Therefore, a playoff stage took place between 6 of the lowest ranked teams.

2000 Singer Triangular Series

The 2000 Singer Triangular Series was a ODI cricket tournament held in Sri Lanka from 5 July to 14 July 2000. It featured the national cricket teams of South Africa, Pakistan and the hosts, Sri Lanka. The competition was won by Sri Lanka, which defeated South Africa in the final.

2002 Sharjah Cup

The 2002 Sharjah Cup Triangular Series was a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament held in the United Arab Emirates in April 2002. It was a tri-nation series between the national representative cricket teams of the Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan. Pakistan won the tournament by defeating Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the final. All matches were held at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

2004 Asia Cup

The eighth edition of cricket's Asia Cup (also called Indian Oil Asia Cup) was held in Sri Lanka after a gap of 4 years. Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win the cup. The 4 test playing Asian nations participated in the tournament along with, for the first time, leading Asian associate nations, the UAE and Hong Kong.

Deccan Chargers

The Deccan Chargers, or Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, were a franchise cricket team based in the city of Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. The team was one of the eight founding members of the IPL in 2008 and was owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. After finishing last in the first season of the IPL, they won the second season held in South Africa in 2009 under the captaincy of former Australian wicket-keeper and batsman Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist was the captain of the team for the first three seasons of the IPL. From the fourth season, Kumar Sangakkara led the team and Cameron White played as his deputy. The team was coached by Darren Lehmann, former Australian cricketer.

The owners put the franchise up for sale in 2012 due to constant banning of team players in previous seasons but declined the sole bid. On 14 September 2012 the team was permanently banned by IPL governing council terminated the Chargers for breaching contract terms. The Sun TV Network won the bid for the Hyderabad franchise, the BCCI confirmed on 25 October 2012. The new team was named the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Indian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2006

The Indian national cricket team visited Sri Lanka in August 2006 to play limited overs matches against the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Only one was played, but with no result, and then the tour was cancelled. The Indian team was captained by Rahul Dravid and Sri Lanka by Mahela Jayawardene.

List of 2010 Indian Premier League personnel changes

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 2010 Indian Premier League.

List of international cricket five-wicket hauls at the R. Premadasa Stadium

The R. Premadasa Stadium, formerly known as Khettarama Stadium, is a 35,000 capacity cricket stadium situated in on Khettarama Road, Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The stadium was, before June 1994, known as the Khettarama Cricket Stadium and is today one of the main venues where the Sri Lankan cricket team play, having hosted more than 100 one day international matches. It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with capacity of 35,000 spectators. It has capacity exceeding Lord's Cricket Ground. It is nicknamed "Home of Sri Lankan cricket". It was also the stadium where the highest Test score was scored.

The stadium is the brainchild of the late Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa, who championed the development of this 40,000-seater concrete bowl, the biggest stadium in Sri Lanka. Opened on 2 February 1986 with a match between a Sri Lanka 'B' side and an England 'B' team, the stadium was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to it.

Up to December 2015, in total the ground has been the venue for 8 Test matches, 120 One-Day International matches, and 23 T20 International matches.In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer") refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement.The first Test was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium between Sri Lanka and Australia on 28 August 1992. The first bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match at R. Premadasa Stadium was Paul Strang, who took 5/106 in 1996 for Zimbabwe against host Sri Lanka in the first Test of the series. The best bowling figures to date in Tests at R. Premadasa Stadium is by Sri Lankan Rangana Herath, who took 7/89 against Bangladesh in 2013. Total of 14 Test fifer was taken by 8 players at this ground.

The first One Day International was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on 5 April 1986. The first five-wicket haul was achieved by Saqlain Mushtaq who took 5/38 for Pakistan against Bangladesh in 1997. Up to date, 6 for 20 by Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews stands as the best bowling figures for an ODI at the R. Premadasa. Total of 15 ODI fifer was taken by 15 players at this ground.

The first T20 International was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on 10 February 2009 by host Sri Lanka against India. and, to date, no any bowler was able to take T20I fifer at the ground.

Singhalese Sports Club

The Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) is a first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. Singhalese is the most successful club in Sri Lankan domestic cricket, having won the Premier Trophy a record 31 times to 2013. Although the name is correctly spelt with the old spelling "Singhalese", the name is sometimes misspelt with the modern spelling "Sinhalese".

Sri Lanka at the 2010 Asian Games

Sri Lanka participated at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Sri Lankan cricket team in England in 2002

The Sri Lanka cricket team toured England in the 2002 season to play a three-match Test series against England, followed by a triangular One Day International tournament that also featured India. Sri Lanka finished in third place in the ODI tournament, while England won the Test series 2–0 with one match drawn.

Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2005–06

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured India for cricket matches in October, November and December 2005. The tour was split into two legs, as India hosted South Africa for a One Day International series in between the India–Sri Lanka ODIs (which were played between 25 October and 12 November) and the Tests, which took place in December. Before the ODI series, India were ranked seventh on the ICC ODI Championship table, while Sri Lanka were second, and the Indian team had officially changed captains with Rahul Dravid taking over from Sourav Ganguly. However, India defied the rankings, winning the first four ODIs of seven to secure the series, and ended up with a 6–1 win despite resting captain Dravid and letting opener Virender Sehwag take over the helm for the sixth ODI. Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's opener with 100 Tests and 345 ODIs, was dropped for the Tests after tallying 86 runs in the six ODIs, while Rahul Dravid moved up 18 places on the ICC player rankings with 312 runs for twice out. India's wicket-keeper MS Dhoni also made his mark, being the second highest averaging batsman of the series, and he made 183 not out in one of the matches, which was at the time the sixth-highest innings by a batsman in an ODI.

The Test series was won by India as well, this time 2–0, with three and a half days of play of the first Test lost due to rain. In the second Test, India took a 60-run lead on first innings after Anil Kumble took six for 72, and four half-centuries (from Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni) gave India 375 more runs before declaring. Kumble then completed a ten-for in the match as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 247, losing by 188 runs. In the second match, the marلباgin of victory was even more convincing, Kumble getting seven wickets and Harbhajan Singh ten as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 206 and 249 on their way to a 259-run loss.

Sri Lankan cricket team in India in 2006–07

The Sri Lankan cricket team played a 4-match ODI series in India from 8 to 17 February 2007. India won the series 2–1.

Sri Lankan cricket team in New Zealand in 2004–05

The Sri Lankan national cricket team toured New Zealand in the 2004–05 season. They played 2 Test matches and 5 ODIs. New Zealand won the Test series 1–0.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Zimbabwe in 1999–2000

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Zimbabwe in November and December 1999 to play 3 Test matches and 5 ODIs.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2004

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Zimbabwe in April and May 2004 to play 2 Test matches and 5 Limited Overs Internationals. The next time Zimbabwe played Sri Lanka in a Test match was in October 2016.


Zoysa or de Zoysa is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

A. P. de Zoysa (1890-1968), Sri Lankan social reformer

Arthur de Zoysa, Ceylonese statesman

Cyril de Zoysa (1896-1978), Sri Lankan industrialist

Dinesh de Zoysa (born 1977), Sri Lankan cricketer

Felix R. de Zoysa, Sri Lankan businessman

Francis de Zoysa, Sri Lankan lawyer

Maduranga Zoysa (born 1984), Sri Lankan cricketer

M. P. de Zoysa, Sri Lankan politician

Nuwan Zoysa (born 1978), Sri Lankan cricketer

Richard de Zoysa (1958-1990), Sri Lankan journalist

Stanley de Zoysa, Sri Lankan politician

Sydney de Zoysa (1909-1994), Sri Lankan police officer

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