Two games of the Dialog-SLC National Super League 2022 came to a close today, with Colombo and Galle emerging victorious.
Colombo vs Kandy
The P. Sara Oval turned out to be an high-scoring venue today, with both these teams scoring over 270 runs each.
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Having won the toss, Kandy inserted themselves to bat first and posted a formidable total of 271 runs.
Young left-handed batter Sahan Arachchige became the highest scorer of the day with a brilliant knock of 86 runs to help his team stay alive in the contest.
The Colombo quicks ran havoc in the Kandy batting line-up as the two opening bowlers, Lahiru Madushanka and Kalapa Perera, shared 7 wickets between them.
Madushanka had a good day at work has he bagged 5 for 54, while young Kalana would be delighted with his 3 for 40.
Colombo simply outplayed the Kandy bowlers in the second essay of the game as they went past the target in the 49th over with 6 wickets intact.
Another up and coming star in the Sri Lanka ranks, Nipun Dananjaya, was the leader of the Colombo batting, as the left-hander carved his way a 70 not out.
The former Sri Lankan white-ball Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who is presently dropped from the white-ball team, kicked into the party in style with 59 runs to his name at the top of the order.
Nuwanindu Fernando also contributed with a classy 67 to help Colombo cruise comfortably in this chase.
Kandy 271 (50) Sahan Arachchige 86, Lahiru Madushanka 4/54, Kalana Perera 3/40.
Colombo 274/4 (48.1) Nipun Dananjaya 70, Nuwanidu Fernando 67, Dimuth Karunaratne 59, Lasith Embuldeniya 2/48.
Colombo won by 6 wickets.
Dambulla vs Galle
In contrast to the Oval, SSC did not see many runs today.
After being inserted to the crease first, the Dambulla batters managed only 165 runs for their team today.
Dambulla has been struggling terribly with the bat so far in this tournament, having returned scores of 79, 143 and 165 today.
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The 44 runs the teenager Pavan Rathnayake made was the most by a Dambulla batter in the game.
Even with several seasoned first-class batters in the likes of Ashan Priyanjan, Lasith Abeyratne, Leo Fransisco and Gayan Maneeshan in the team, Dambulla have been lost with the bat.
It was supposedly an easy hop for the Galle batters although they did make a slight mess of that chase.
Ashan Randika top-scored for Galle with 49 runs to his name, while Lahiru Samarakoon impressed with ball for Dambulla by picking up 3 for 37.
Dambulla 165 (49.3) Pavan Rathnayake 44, Heshan Hettiarchchi 3/31, Dhananjaya Lakshan 3/40.
Galle 166/7 (34.2) Ashan Randika 49, Muditha Lakshan 37*, Lahiru Samarakoon 3/37.
Galle won by 3 wickets.
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