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The Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 started on July 30 and will run till August 20 in Sri Lanka.

Featuring five teams, a total of 24 T20 matches will be played over three weeks in the fourth edition of the Lanka Premier League.

Some of the world's leading T20 bowlers including the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Shakib Al Hasan and Naseem Shah are featuring in the ongoing edition of LPL.

Meanwhile, talented left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage was the first bowler to register a four-wicket haul in LPL 2023. Playing for three-time winners and defending champions Jaffna Kings, Wellalage recorded figures of 4-0-10-4 against Galle Titans to help his side secure a comprehensive eight-wicket win at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

T20 World Cup winner Carlos Brathwaite finished with the most wickets in the Lanka Premier League last season. Representing Kandy Falcons, the West Indies all-rounder picked up 18 wickets in eight matches at an average of 9.88 and an economy of 6.84. Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Thushara was second on the list with 14 wickets in nine matches last year.

Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural Lanka Premier League in 2020. The aggressive leg-spinner scalped 17 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 11.29 and an impressive economy of 5.18.

Former England all-rounder Samit Patel and Sri Lanka’s rising off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana finished with the most wickets in the second edition of LPL. Both Patel and Theekshana bagged 16 wickets in 10 matches.

Here’s a look at the players with most wickets in Lanka Premier League 2023

Most wickets in Lanka Premier League 2023

Player

Team

Matches

Wickets

Wanindu Hasaranga

B-Love Kandy

9

17

Nuwan Pradeep 

B-Love Kandy

6

13

Tabraiz Shamsi

Galle Titans

8

12

Matheesha Pathirana

Colombo Strikers

8

12

Nuwan Thushara

Jaffna Kings

7

11

Dunith Wellalage

Jaffna Kings

9

10

Naseem Shah

Colombo Strikers

7

10

Dhanajaya de Silva

Dambulla Aura

9

10

Kasun Rajitha

Galle Titans

9

10

Shakib Al Hasan

Galle Titans

9

9

Photo credit: Alamy

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