Kandurata rout Uva Province
Kandurata Province kept their hopes alive of qualifying for the
semifinals by recording a convincing 109 run victory over Uva Province
in their Inter Provincial limited overs cricket tournament last
preliminary round match worked off at the SSC ground in Maitland Place
Kandurata electing to bat first hit up a formidable 274 runs thanks
to two splendid half centuries from opener Yohan de Silva and all
rounder Sachith Pathirana. In reply Uva were bundled out for 165 runs in
39 overs with Sohan Boralessa claiming three wickets.
But the real match winners for Kandurata were Yohan de Silva and
Sachith Pathirana who were associated in a crucial second wicket
partnership of 124 runs in 20 overs. Stylish opener Yohan de Silva
played the sheet anchor role with a solid 64 from 67 deliveries
inclusive of three sixes and six boundaries. Sachith Pathirana fresh
after his success for CCC in the Premier limited overs tournament was
also among the runs with a sparkling 68 from 70 balls studded with two
sixes and eight boundaries.
This time however it was a completely new experience as he was
promoted in the batting order following the early dismissal of opener
Saman Jayantha. Hard hitting batsman Pathirana then grabbed the
opportunity to score a match winning half century while making use of
the power play overs to the maximum.
After their departure Chamara Kapugedera and Jehan Mubarak kept the
score moving at a steady pace while collecting runs in almost every
delivery. In fact Mubarak hoisted two sixes and struck one boundary
during his run a ball knock of 26 while Angelo Perera added the
finishing touches by smashing two boundaries during his 22.
Uva Province were put on the defensive almost immediately in their
run chase following a double strike from Jehan Mubarak who shared the
new ball along with Nuwan Kulasekera.
Opener Tharanga Paranavithana kept their hopes alive to a certain
extent with a good half century inclusive of four boundaries. But there
was no big partnerships in the Uva Innings as they lost wickets at
regular intervals against some accurate bowling.
After Mubarak struck early Muttiah Muralitharan, Sohan Boralessa and
Saman Jayantha all maintained the same momentum to give their side a
morale boosting victory at the end.
Meanwhile Ruhuna Province will meet the defending champions Wayamba
Province in their last preliminary round match of the tournament at the
SSC ground in Maitland Place today.
Kandurata: 274 in 49.5 overs (Y de Silva 64, S Pathirana 68, J
Mubarak 26, C Kapugedera 37, A Perera 22, N Kulasekera 19, J Gunaratne 3
for 45, I de Saram 2 for 34, M Siriwardena 2 for 50).
Uva: 165 in 39 overs (T Paranavithana 50, T Kandamby 44, J Mubarak 2
for 26, M Muralitharan 2 for 32, S Boralessa 3 for 33, S Jayantha 2 for