Tharanga’s ton helps ‘Team Colombo’ to clinch SLC T20 Opener

SLC T20 League 2018

Upul Tharanga

The 1st game of the SLC T20 league 2018 got underway at the R. Premadasa International stadium earlier today (21st August). After winning the toss Colombo Team Captain Dinesh Chandimal opted to bat first on a wicket that looked to be a batsmen’s paradise.

But Chandimal failed to capitalize on the opportunity and carry his form from the recent T20 against South Africa, as he was caught behind in the second over of Kasun Rajitha.

Upul Tharanga seemed to be in prolific form as he played some sensational cover drives looking at his best throughout the innings. As wickets kept falling at the other end, Tharanga continued to score runs and anchored the Colombo Team innings thanks to a 68 run partnership with Jeevan Mendis, who scored a quick fire 30 off 13 balls. The pair switched gears in the 17th over of the innings, to score 54 runs in the final three overs.

Tharanga was unbeaten on 124 from just 67 deliveries with 5 fours and 11 sixes. Kasun Rajitha and Nishan Peiris picked two wickets each for Galle Team with figures of 2/38 and 2/40 respectively.

Dhanajaya de Silva was Galle Teams most economical bowler, but did not get sufficient support  from the rest who went for more than nine runs per over.

Read: SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized

Chasing a mammoth score of 197, Galle Team lost their top three batsmen cheaply in the first three over’s of the innings. Angelo Perera together with Asela Gunaratne consolidated the Galle innings adding 40 runs for the 4th wicket. Perera went on to score 54 of 35 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes.  Spin prodigy Akila Dhananjaya bowled brilliantly once again to end up with figures of 3/13. Galle was eventually dismissed in the final over of the innings for 107.

The match featured two debutants that of Jehan Daniel and Kamindu Mendis.

Colombo Team will play the Kandy Team in their next game tomorrow at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.


Full Scorecard

Team Colombo


(20 overs)


Team Galle


(19.2 overs)

Colombo won by 90 runs

Team Colombo’s Innings

Dinesh Chandimal c N.Dickwella b K.Rajitha44
Upul Tharanga not out12467
Mahela Udawatta c K.Rajitha b N.Peiris97
Sammu Ashan c D.De.Silva b N.Peiris12
Shehan Jayasuriya c K.Rajitha b S.Lakmal2222
Chathuranga De Silva c A.Gunaratne b K.Rajitha35
Jeewan Mendis not out3013
4 (lb 2, w 2)
197/5 (20 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-9 (D Chandimal, 1.2 ov), 2-20 (M Udawatte, 2.6 ov), 3-34 (S Ashan, 4.3 ov), 4-101 (S Jayasuriya, 12.5 ov), 5-129 (C de Silva, 15.1 ov)
Suranga Lakmal40381 9.50
Kasun Rajitha40382 9.50
Nishan Peiris40402 10.00
Dananjaya De Silva40310 7.75
Asela Gunaratne30320 10.67
Jeffrey Vandersay10160 16.00

Team Galle’s Innings

Kusal Mendis b A.Fernando15
Niroshan Dickwella (runout) C. De Silva14
Dimuth Karunaratne c S.Ashan b S.Jayasuriya13
Dananjaya De Silva c A.Dananjaya b L.Madushanka917
Angelo Perera c S.Ashan b A.Dananjaya5435
Asela Gunaratne c L.Madushanka b J.Mendis1825
Jehan Daniel c S.Jayasuriya b L.Madushanka37
Jeffrey Vandersay not out00
Suranga Lakmal c M.Udawatha b K.Mendis36
Nishan Peiris c D.Chandimal b A.Dananjaya13
Kasun Rajitha not out00
3 (lb 1, w 2)
107/10 (19.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-2 (K Mendis, 1.2 ov), 2-4 (N Dickwella, 1.3 ov), 3-5 (D Karunaratne, 2.1 ov), 4-45 (D de Silva, 7.6 ov), 5-77 (A Perera, 13.4 ov), 6-90 (J Daniel, 15.5 ov), 7-90 (A Gunaratne, 16.1 ov), 8-102 (S Lakmal, 18.3 ov), 9-107 (N Peiris, 19.1 ov), 10-107 (J Vandersay, 19.2 ov)
Shehan Jayasuriya2091 4.50
Asitha Fernando30231 7.67
Chathuranga De Silva30240 8.00
Akila Dananjaya3.20133 4.06
Jeewan Mendis40191 4.75
Lahiru Madushanka30122 4.00
Kamindu Mendis1061 6.00