Galle registered a comprehensive 7-wicket win over Jaffna in their encounter of the National Super League 4-day tournament worked off today (20th March) at Hambantota.
Jaffna vs Galle
Coming into bat on the final day, Jaffna needed to showcase a much better batting display to set a decent target for Galle. But it wasn’t the case as Jaffna bowled out for 224 setting an easy target of 35 runs for Galle.
Janith Liyanage top scored with 72 runs off 105 balls with 7 fours and a six. Chanaka Ruwansiri and Dilshan Madushanka starred with the ball for Galle as they picked up 3 wickets each. Galle cruised to victory in 7 overs despite losing 3 wickets.
Jaffna – 254 (83.5) N Pradeep 37*, N Paranavithana 34, N Madushka 29, K Senaratne 29, S Gunathilake 28, S Fernando 27, S Lakshan 4/28, D Madushanka 3/51, C De Silva 2/72 & 224 (56.2) J Liyanage 72, N Madushka 45, N Paranavithana 36, S Gunathilake 28, D Wellalage 21, C Ruwansiri 3/29, D Madushanka 3/49, S Lakshan 2/53
Galle – 444/9d (114.5) S Cooray 160, P Waduge 108, S Lakshan 57, H Dumindu 54, S Dulshan 4/146, J Liyanage 3/53 & 38/3 (7)
Result – Galle won by 7 wickets
- Sangeeth Cooray and Pabasara Waduge stroke tons; Ashian Daniel takes 5-fer
- Kamindu Mendis & Lahiru Udara knocks put Kandy in driving seat
Kandy vs Dambulla
Kandy resumed their second innings on day four at 134/3 and posted 278/9 before declaring the innings setting a massive target of 509 runs for Dambulla.
The skipper Kamindu Mendis notched up his second half-ton in the game posting 88 runs off 175 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes. The left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara bagged a match bag of 12 wickets as he snared 5 more wickets in the second innings.
Having to chase down a massive 509 to win in just two sessions, the run-chase was never on for Dambulla, but they managed to give a good fight with the bat posting 213 runs for 4 wickets.
Nimesha Gunasinghe who scored 102 runs off 153 balls with 10 fours showed great fighting spirits saving the game for Dambulla.
Kandy – 446 (128.5) O Fernando 97, K Mendis 94, L Udara 83, K Mishara 74, L Croospulle 43, M Pushpakumara 7/120 & 278/9d (78.2) K Mendis 88, O Fernando 63, L Udara 42, T De Silva 34, M Pushpakumara 5/108
Dambulla – 216 (60) A Priyanjan 73, M Bhanuka 71, L Samarakoon 42, A Daniel 5/75, A Fernando 4/39 & 213/4 (55.3) N Gunasinghe 102*, L Fransisco 48, L Abeyratne 26, S Arachchige 2/61
Result – Match Drawn