The Mercantile ‘Tier B’ competition has been nothing but an electrifying tournament thus far with players showcasing some admirable performances with both bat and ball.
The De Soyza Stadium in Moratuwa hosted a low scoring thriller which featured Kanrich Finance and Citizen’s Development Bank. Winning the toss CDB decided to bowl first as the reins were handed over to Imran Khan.
Khan’s bowling was an absolute treat to watch as he dismantled the Kanrich top order with some serious pace. By the 12th over, Imran Khan had sent half the Kanrich batsmen back into the hut as the score stood at 36 for the loss of 7 wickets.
The situation at hand looked as if the match would be over before the lunch break, but a stubborn Raveen Sayer displayed some sheer determination as he single handedly took Kanrich Finance to a pretty decent score, scoring an impeccable 102. Kanrich Finance was bowled out for 137 in the 36th over with Imran Khan picking up 5 wickets whilst Chamod Piyumal picked up 2 wickets for Citizen’s Development Bank.
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With 50 overs in handed and a target of 138 to reach, the task did not seem very daunting to any cricket lover. It seemed like while the rest of the Kanrich players were dejected by a poor batting performance, Sayer once again revealed his skills with the ball. Picking up three important wickets, Sayer gave Kanrich Finance a fighting chance in the game.
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The batting performance from CDB was no better as the regular fall of wickets kept the game at even stevens. Left hand batsmen Hashan Wanasekara was CDB’s pillar as his unbeaten 66 runs took CDB past the line in the 48th over. Wanasekara replenished for the rest of the CDB batting with his responsible knock along with the tail-enders.
Kanrich Finance still sits on the top of the points table with 15 points. This is also Citizen’s Development Bank’s second win of the tournament.
Kanrich Finance 137 (36 overs) : Raveen Sayer 102, Imran Khan 5/40, Chamod Piyumal 2/12
Citizen Development Business (CDB) 138/9 (48 overs) : Hashan Wanasekara 66*, Raveen Sayer 3/32
CDB WON BY 1 WICKET