London: It is no secret that batting enters a different zone in Twenty20 matches, but if you are still thinking of what to expect in the first World Championship of cricket’s new avatar in a few days’ time, sample this.

Sri Lanka A all-rounder Dhanuka Pathirana smashed an incredible 277 off just 72 balls in a Twenty20 match and helped his side Austerlands to a remarkable win in the Lancashire’s Saddleworth League.

The hapless bowlers belong to Droylsden.

It was a breathtaking innings from the 25-year-old Lankan, who borrowed a bat and went on to hit 29 sixes and 18 fours in his violent knock.

A veteran of 46 first class matches, Pathirana powered his side to 366 for three in 20 overs, eclipsing Somerset’s county record of 250.

Austerlands won on a better run rate as rain stopped play with Droylsden at 37 for two. — PTI

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