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Isuru Udana is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Sri Lanka squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Isuru Udana, who made his one-day international debut on 24-Jul-12, had played 5 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 3 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 110 runs, having faced 95 balls, at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 115.79. He was unbeaten in 1 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 78. He had 0 centuries and 1 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Isuru Udana had bowled 174 balls and taken 2 wickets while conceding a total of 186 runs. He had an average of 93 and an economy rate of 6.41 His best ODI bowling performance was 2/1.

Isuru Udana is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer represented Sri Lanka in limited over formats. He currently plays domestic cricket for Tamil Union and Wayamba. Primarily a left arm fast bowler, Udana evolved as an all-rounder in late 2018. He currently owns the highest T20I individual score at number 8. In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Udana was selected in the Sri Lanka squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He made his Twenty20 international debut on 8 June 2009 against Australia. He played in 5 of Sri Lanka's 7 games in the tournament, including their loss in the final to Pakistan.
Udana failed to continue his domestic success at the international level, and subsequently was dropped from the side after the home series against Pakistan in 2009. He made a comeback into the Sri Lankan squad in 2012 when the selection panel headed by Ashantha de Mel named him for the T20s against Pakistan at home. He was then selected for the ODIs against India which followed the Pakistan series, but again failed to deliver. His only significant contribution in that series was a direct hit to run out Gautam Gambhir at a key moment in one of the games.
After a long scarce in international arena, Udana got a chance to play in Tenty20 International series against New Zealand in 2016. The comeback was very good at first few balls in the second T20I, where easy catch of Martin Guptill was dropped by Thisara Perera on Udana's bowling. Since then, Udana was brutally hit by New Zealanders and Udana gave 34 runs in his 3 overs, where New Zealand won the match by 9 wickets only in the 10th over.
In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.
In March 2019, during the fourth ODI against South Africa, Udana and Kasun Rajitha made the highest partnership for the tenth wicket for Sri Lanka in an ODI match, with 58 runs. On March 22, during a T20I match against South Africa national cricket team, he broke the world record for highest individual score (84) batting at number eight in a T20I match.


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