Expolanka vs John Keells ‘B’ thriller end in a tie

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Two matches in the  2nd Fair & Lovely Men Mercantile ‘B’ Division Tournament 2019 were conducted today (23rd October),

Sachin Jayawardane and Madushan Ravichandrakumar guides Citizen Development Business to a comfortable victory

After rain affected and reduced it to a 43 over contest at Moratuwa, Citizen Development Business, won the toss and elected to bat first. Commercial Credit bowlers attacked from the beginning and picked up early wickets. Middle order batsman Sachin Jayawardane and the all-rounder Madushan Ravichandrakumar batted responsibly and took the team to 203 runs in their given 43 overs. Suranga Salinda picked up 3 crucial wickets for Commercial Credit.

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Chasing 204, Commercial Credit struggled to handle some tight bowling from the Citizen Development Business bowlers, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Spinning duo Madushan and Sachin ripped through the Commercial Credit’s middle order and dismissed them for 161 runs in 38.2 overs and won the match by 42 runs

Citizen Development Business 203/9 (43) : Sachin Jayawardane 78,  Madushan Ravichandrakumar 35 ,Suranga Salinda 3/34 , Sandakan Pathirana 2/32

Commercial Credi161 (38.2) : Praneeth Wijesena 28, ,Suranga Salinda 27,  Madushan Ravichandrakumar 4/41, Shaluka Silva 2/31, Sachin Jayawardane 2/34

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Being asked to bat after losing the toss to Expolanka Holding, John Keels Holding was all-out for 165 in 40 overs. Middle order batsman Roscoe Thattil high scored with 41 runs. Right arm seamer Madura Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers for Expolanka Holding as he picked up 5 wickets for 58 runs with some assistance from  Ayana Siriwardana’s 3 wickets.

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Chasing an achievable target, Expolanka batsmen failed to make good starts as they were put under immense pressure by John Keells bowlers. This thrilling encounter ended in a tie as Expolanka batsmen were bundled out for 165 runs in 49.3 overs. The star from the bowling Madura excelled in batting also as he top scored with 45 runs. Sachintha Jayathilaka picked up 3 for 36 runs for the John Keells.

John Keells Holdings (B) 165 (40) : Roscoe Thattil 41 , Ashen Silva 31 , Madura Lakmal 5/58 , Ayana Siriwardana 3/32

Expolanka Holdings 165 (49.3) : Madura Lakmal 45 , Vishwa Chathuranga 32 , Sachitha Jayathilaka 3/36 , : Roscoe Thattil 2/3