The ninth game of the 29th Singer-MCA Super Premier League 2022 was played today at Colts Grounds in Colombo, between John Keells Holdings and CDB Finance, in which the latter recorded an 18-run win.
The game which was supposed to be played yesterday in the same venue was rescheduled due to bad weather and once again faced a delayed start due to rain. Opting to bowl first in a game which was reduced to 32 overs per side after the rain interruption, John Keells Holdings got off to a brilliant start, reducing table-toppers CDB Finance to 54 for 5 in just the 14th over courtesy of their impressive pace attack, which consisted Malindu Shehan, Ishan Jayaratne and Mohamed Shiraz.
However, a match-saving act of repair work by the CDB Finance Skipper Lahiru Madushanka and his good mate Angelo Perera ensured that they ended up with a modest total on the board. The experienced duo added 62 runs for the 6th wicket in 10.5 overs, before lower-order batter Rohan Sanjaya provided them with the ideal finish with a knock of 16 runs in just 13 balls. In bowling for JKH, opening pacer Shehan and leg-spinner Sachitha Jayathilake grabbed 3 wickets each.
The JKH run-chase never got going as the CDB bowlers kept picking up wickets in regular intervals. The 10 JKH wickets were shared among all the 6 bowlers used by CDB, while Lahiru Madushanka, Tharindu Ratnayake, Angelo Perera and Lakshitha Manasinghe claimed 2 wickets apiece. Interestingly, Skipper Madushanka was the only pacer used by CDB in contrast to JKH, who used 3 pacers.
With this win, CDB extends their lead at the top with 3 wins in 3 games, while JKH joins Hayleys, HNB and Sampath Bank below CDB and Mode Engineering (2 wins in 3 games) with 1 just win of the 3 games they have played so far.
The next 3 games of the tournament will be played on the 8th of May.
John Keells Holdings vs CDB Finance at Colts Grounds, Colombo
- Toss: John Keells Holdings
CDB Finance – 144 (29.2/32) Angelo Perera 41, Lahiru Madushanka 35, Hasitha Perera 21, Sachitha Jayathilake 3/23, Malindu Shehan 3/38, Ishan Jayaratne 2/14
John Keells Holdings – 126 (29.3/32) Sadeera Samarawickrama 23, Ahan Wickramasinghe 19, Lahiru Madushanka 2/20, Tharindu Ratnayake 2/20, Angelo Perera 2/24, Lakshitha Manasinghe 2/28
CDB Finance won by 18 runs