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LB Finance, MAS Unichela share trophy after rain intervention

27th MCA Premier Knockout Tournament - Final

LB Finance were well on their way to a second MCA title during the 2019/20 season, but rain and bad light brought a premature end to the 27th MCA Premier Knockout Tournament Fina before they were declared  joint champions along with MAS Unichela. 

After being sent into bat, LB Finance posted a challenging 259/7 in their 37 over after starting the game as a 42 over affair due to bad weather. This meant that MAS Unichela were given a revised DLS target of 279 runs to win in 37 overs, which they never quite came to terms with. 

LB rode on a superb unbeaten 97* by Sadeera Samarawickrama, who was very unfortunate not to reach the three figure mark.  He got great support from Dhananjaya de Silva as the duo added a century stand for the 3rd wicket with De silva making a half century. 

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It was LB skipper Lakshan Rodrigo who came out all guns blazing in the rain-shortened affair as he blasted 45 runs off 19 balls for LB Finance, setting the aggressive tone at the top of the order and making batting easier for the batsmen to follow. 

Charith Asalanka also made a useful 25 which included a couple of towering sixes, while Lahiru Jayaratne captured two wickets for MAS Unichela. 

Having been set a massive target, veterans TM Dilshan, TM Sampath and Mahela Udawatte all blasted the LB Finance bowling early on, but they eventually threw their wickets away as Unichela were reduced to 109/6 after 15 overs, well and truly out of the contest.

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The star studded MAS batting line up crumbled under pressure and Kavika Dilshan and Shiran Fernando captured two crucial wickets apiece to set LB Finance well on their way to victory.      

Chamara Silva remained unbeaten on 25* when the umpires eventually decided to call off the game as the two teams were declared joint champions. 


LB Finance
259/7 (37)
MAS Holdings – Unichela
109/6 (15)
Lakshan Rodrigo c T. M. Sampath b Lahiru Jayaratne451963236.84
Sadeera Samarawickrama not out979753100.00
Kusal Mendis c T. M. Sampath b Lahiru Jayaratne5110045.45
Dhanajaya de Silva c Priyamal Perera b T M Dilshan59651090.77
Angelo Perera c Priyamal Perera b Dilruwan Perera181321138.46
Charith Asalanka c Priyamal Perera b Lahiru Madushanka251612156.25
Shiran Fernando run out (Lahiru Madushanka)01000.00
Ashen Bandara run out (T. M. Sampath)120050.00
Extras9 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 8, pen 0)
Total259/7 (37 Overs, RR: 7)
Fall of Wickets 1-62 (5.1) Lakshan Rodrigo, 2-80 (9.4) Kusal Mendis, 3-181 (27.2) Dhanajaya de Silva, 4-212 (31.3) Angelo Perera, 5-254 (36.1) Charith Asalanka, 6-254 (36.2) Shiran Fernando, 7-259 (36.6) Ashen Bandara,
Lahiru Madushanka806818.50
Lahiru Jayaratne704726.71
Nipun Ransika605709.50
Kamindu Mendis502905.80
Dilruwan Perera604016.67
T M Dilshan501813.60

T. M. Sampath c Charith Asalanka b Dhanajaya de Silva131002130.00
Kusal Janith b Shiran Fernando4310133.33
T M Dilshan c Lahiru Udara b Shiran Fernando15930166.67
Mahela Udawatte st Sadeera Samarawickrama b Kavika Dilshan221821122.22
Priyamal Perera b Charith Asalanka12140185.71
Chamara Silva not out252511100.00
Kamindu Mendis c Shiran Fernando b Kavika Dilshan6120050.00
Lahiru Madushanka not out120050.00
Extras11 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 3, w 3, pen 0)
Total109/6 (15 Overs, RR: 7.27)
Fall of Wickets 1-7 (0.4) Kusal Janith, 2-24 (2.2) T M Dilshan, 3-41 (3.2) T. M. Sampath, 4-67 (6.6) Priyamal Perera, 5-88 (10.5) Mahela Udawatte, 6-105 (14.1) Kamindu Mendis,
Shiran Fernando3044214.67
Chathuranga Kumara10707.00
Dhanajaya de Silva602914.83
Charith Asalanka10515.00
Kavika Dilshan401724.25