The Colombo team recorded the second consecutive win in the SLC T20 League 2018 as they defeated Kandy in a nail-biting encounter which was worked off today at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
Colombo skipper Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first on a batting friendly surface. After been beaten in the last game, Kandy made two changes to their lineup bringing in 19-year old Nipun Ransika and Lahiru Gamage for Sachith Pathirana and Dhananjaya Lakshan.
Upul Tharanga and Mahela Udawatte opened the innings for Colombo and got off to a flying start as they put on a 58-run partnership for the first wicket in 7.1 overs. However, off spinner Charith Asalanka dismissed both Mahela Udawatte and Dinesh Chandimal within two overs to slow down the progress made by the Colombo batsmen.
Left handed striker Shehan Jayasuriya joined Upul Tharanga at the crease when the score was 70 for 2 and built a 60-run partnership for the third wicket when the latter was dismissed by Dasun Shanaka for 62 runs. Upul Tharanga’s knock of 62 runs came off 47 balls at a strike rate of 131 including 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Shehan Jayasuriya continued his stroke making as he smashed 63 runs off 36 balls to guide his side to post a massive total of 188 runs in the allotted 20 overs. During his blistering innings, Jayasuriya stroked 8 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 175. In the bowling department, off spinner Charith Asalanka and right arm seamer Lahiru Gamage picked up 2 wickets each for the Kandy team.
Chasing 189 runs to win, Kandy got off to a brisk start as their openers Lahiru Thirimanne and Thakshiila de Silva put on 44 runs for the first wicket in 4.3 overs before the latter was bowled by Shehan Jayasuriya for 27 runs. Then, Bhanuka Rajapaksa joined Lahiru Thirimanne at the crease and built a valuable 55-run partnership for the second wicket before the former ran himself out for 28 runs in the 11th over.
Lahiru Thirimanne scored 50 runs off 36 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes before being bowled by Shehan Jayasuriya when the score was 116 for 4. Skipper Dasun Shanka and Charith Asalanka added 53 runs for the fifth wicket and helped Kandy team to post 188 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
As the match was tied, super over contest was carried out to decide the winner. Jeewan Mendis bowled the super over for Colombo team while Lasith Malinga bowled the super over for Kandy team. Interestingly, both bowlers gave away only 5 runs in the super over. However, Colombo team won the match though the super over was tied as they scored most boundaries in the 20 over contest.
Colombo won by super over
Team Colombo’s Innings
|Mahela Udawatha||b C.Asalanka||15||16|
|Upul Tharanga||c T.De Silva b D.Shanaka||62||47|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c B.Rajapakshe b C.Asalanka||8||6|
|Shehan Jayasuriya||c & b L.Gamage||63||36|
|Chathuranga De Silva||c & b L.Gamage||25||13|
|Jeewan Mendis||not out||0||0|
|Sammu Ashan||not out||7||2|
Team Kandy’s Innings
|Thikshila De Silva||b S.Jayasuriya||27||16|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||b S.Jayasuriya||50||36|
|Banuka Rajapakshe||(runout) D.Chandimal||28||20|
|Sandun Weerakody||st D.Chandimal b S.Jayasuriya||8||10|
|Dasun Shanaka||b J.Mendis||30||16|
|Charith Asalanka||c A.Dananjaya b J.Mendis||22||15|
|Chamika Karunaratne||not out||12||5|
|Malinda Pushpakumara||(runout) A.Dananjaya||1||2|