Another encounter of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League 2018/19 between NCC and Army SC got underway at NCC grounds in Colombo today(20).
Scoring a double century is not an easy task but the 18-year old Isipathana College and Sri Lanka U19 batsman Pathum…
It was a hot and humid day in Colombo as the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a placid track for batting.
Their openers Lahiru Udara and Hasitha Boyagoda fell early on but Sri Lanka Limited overs specialist Upul Tharanga seemed in fine nick during his half century.
Man in form Angelo Perera struck some delightful boundaries before he was dismissed unfortunately for 59, but the NCC batsmen continued to score over four runs per over putting the soldiers under pressure.
Then came the partnership of the innings as Chathuranga de Silva hit 102 off just 99 balls adding 166 for the 5th wicket with the promising Pathum Nissanka who also made a century.
Nissanka in-fact went on to remain unbeaten on 188* as NCC ended the day on 466/5 in 90 overs. Nissanka’s 228 ball marathon effort included 24 boundaries as he put NCC well in control and could be the first double centurion of the 2018/19 season.
Report : Pathum Nissanka out of danger
Malka Madushanka was the only bowler to taste some success for Army SC picking up two wickets, but he too was taken to the cleaners later in the day as he conceded 116 runs.
Nondescripts Cricket Club 466/5 (90) Pathum Nissanka 188*, Chaturanga de Silva 102, Angelo Perera 59, Upul Tharanga 53, Mahela Udawatta 46*, Malka Madushanka 2/116