The two Perera’s, Manula of Royal College and Kalana of S. Thomas’ College hogged the limelight on day one of the 139th Battle of the Blues cricket encounter on Friday at SSC Grounds.
After being sent into bat first on a slightly gloomy morning, S. Thomas’ College were rattled by the slow left-arm spin of Manula who took 5 for 43 to restrict the Thomians to 166 for 9. In reply, Royal were struggling at 33 for 3 against the quality left-arm fast bowling of Kalana.
Earlier in the first session, the Royal seamers failed to deliver the goods by troubling the Thomian openers on a fresh, green pitch which prompted the skipper Pasindu Sooriyabandara to bring on the slow bowlers after only 9 overs by the seam bowling-trio.
Off-spinner Kamil Mishara struck right away in his second over when the Thomian vice-captain Dulith Gunaratne was caught at cover to end the 27-run opening stand.
Left-arm spinner Manula Perera was introduced to the attack in the 16th over which slowed down the Thomians drastically. Perera took a splendid return catch to dismiss Shalin De Mel as the Thomians went into lunch on 52 for 2.
After the forty-minute break, Manula continued to halt the Thomians by picking up wickets at regular intervals. One-drop batsman Kishan Munasinghe was trapped right in front while the Thomian skipper Dellon Peiris holed out to mid-on as the school by the sea were 4 down for 69.
Sithara Hapuhinna and Manthila Wijerathne constructed the best partnership in the Thomian innings – 46 runs in 67 deliveries for the 5th wicket before seamer Kavindu Pathiratne induced the outside edge of Hapuhinna for 34.
Wiijeratne made 24 before becoming Manula’s fourth victim while Kalana Perera also played a loose stroke as Manula completed his five-wicket haul.
“There wasn’t much assistance from the pitch so I had a clear plan of bowling to a set line and length. I made small adjustments to the field and changed the bowling speeds which I think helped me. I am extremely happy to take a five-fer which I was dreaming as a kid.” Manula stated exclusively to ThePapare.com
The Thomian lower order could not make much of a difference to the slow run-rate of 2.58 as they ended their innings on 166 for 9 by making a bold declaration at around 4.00pm.S
S.Thomas’ College spearhead Kalana Perera was on top of his game as he trapped Bhagya Dissanayake in his very first over with a delivery which angled back into the right-hander.
Kalana Perera’s second wicket was purely thanks to an exceptional catch by Shalin De Mel at cover-point to dismiss Gayan Dissanayake while Kamil Mishara could not handle the short deliver- barrage of the Sri Lanka U19 left-arm seamer as Royal were tottering at 21 for 3.
Captain Sooriyabandara and Vice-Captain Kavindu Madarasinghe managed to bat till the umpires called it a day due to bad light, losing 8 overs from the allotted 90 overs for the day.
Play will resume tomorrow (10th March) at 9.45am for second day’s play.
S. Thomas' College
166/9 & 227/6
178/10 & 143/6
S. Thomas' College’s 1st Innings
|D.Gunarathna||c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Kamil Mishara||16||39|
|S.De.Mel||c & b Manula Perera||15||52|
|K.Munasinghe||lbw by Manula Perera||13||49|
|D.Peiris||c Kavindu Pathirana b Manula Perera||12||44|
|S.Hapuhinna||c Gayan Dissanayake b Kavindu Pathirana||34||51|
|M.Wijeyrathna||b Manula Perera||24||41|
|K.Perera||c Themal Bandara b Manula Perera||13||17|
|M.Rupasinghe||c Pasindu sooriyabandara b Themal Bandara||13||40|
|T.Eriyagama||(runout) Lahiru Madusanka||5||18|
Royal College’s 1st Innings
|B.Dissanayake||lbw by Kalana Perera||1||8|
|G.Dissanayake||c Shalin De Mel b Kalana Perera||6||7|
|K.Madarasinghe||c Maneesha Rupasinghe b Pavith Rathnayake||37||137|
|K.Mishara||c Dulith Gunarathna b Kalana Perera||8||13|
|P.Sooriyabandara||c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera||46||90|
|K.Pathirana||st. by Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris||13||51|
|T.Senarathna||lbw by Dellon Peiris||13||16|
|L.Madusanka||c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris||12||8|
|D.Wijeysekara||st. by Sithara Happuhinna b Dellon Peiris||23||67|
|T.Bandara||c Sithara Happuhinna b Kalana Perera||6||14|
S. Thomas' College’s 2nd Innings
|D.Gunarathna||c Thevindu Senarathna b Lahiru Madusanka||59||138|
|S.Hapuhinna||(runout) Pasindu sooriyabandara||47||42|
|M.Wijeyrathna||c Kavindu Madarasinghe b Manula Perera||19||20|
|K.Perera||c Bhagyan Dissanayake b Manula Perera||10||9|
|M.Rupasinghe||c Kamil Mishara b Kavindu Madarasinghe||10||8|
Royal College’s 2nd Innings
|B.Dissanayake||b Pavith Rathnayake||18||39|
|G.Dissanayake||b Kalana Perera||9||35|
|K.Mishara||b Dellon Peiris||22||18|
|P.Sooriyabandara||c Kishan Munasinghe b Dellon Peiris||0||3|
|K.Pathirana||b Kishan Munasinghe||1||4|
|T.Senarathna||lbw by Dellon Peiris||24||43|