Final day of the Super Provincial four day cricket tournament 2018 concluded today with Galle team winning the championship and Dambulla team taking the runners-up title. Kandy team opener Pathum Nissanka’s master class century lit up the final day’s play.
Kandy vs Galle
The encounter between Galle and Kandy ended in a draw today at the Hambanthota International Cricket Stadium but the crucial first innings points were won by the Galle team. With this first innings victory, the Galle team won the Super Provincial four day championship with an aggregated 38.03 points.
Galle team declared their second innings today at 306 for 9, adding only 8 runs to their overnight score of 298. Roshen Silva, who remained unbeaten on 88 runs at stumps yesterday, was bowled by right arm seamer Chamika Karunaratne for 89 runs. Karunaratne did well with the ball for Kandy taking 5 scalps for 63 runs.
Chasing a mammoth score of 547 runs to win, Kandy openers Mahela Udawatte and Pathum Nissanka needed to provide a strong start to the innings but they made only a 34-run partnership for the first wicket as the former was caught at mid-wicket by Roshen Silva off the bowling of seamer Nisala Tharaka.
Then Nissanka was joined by Charith Asalanka at the middle and they built a match saving 148-run partnership for the second wicket. 20-year old left hander Charith Asalanka stroked 62 runs off 143 balls including 8 fours and 1 massive six over long on.
Skipper Angelo Mathews had a perfect opportunity to gain much needed match practice for the upcoming West Indies series but made only 23 runs off 34 balls as he was trapped in front by tall off spinner Nishan Peiris.
At 231 for 3, Nissanka and wicket keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella joined at the crease and built an unbeaten 132-run partnership for the fourth wicket before umpires called stumps on day four at 5.20pm due to bad light.
19-year old right handed batsman Pathum Nissanka who has represented Sri Lanka U-19s, stroked a magnificent century as he remained unbeaten on 188 runs off 226 balls including 20 fours and 3 sixes. It was a well-paced innings with a wide array of shots and came at an impressive strike rate of 83.10. Niroshan Dickwella supported him well at the other end stroking 56 runs off 66 balls with 4 boundaries.
185/10 & 363/3
425/10 & 306/9
Team Kandy’s 1st Innings
|P. Nissanka||c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Nisala Tharaka||6||11|
|M Udawatte||lbw by Nishan Peiris||27||52|
|C. Asalanka||c Dasun Shanaka b Nishan Peiris||18||33|
|A Mathews||c Roshen Silva b Nishan Peiris||5||27|
|N. Dickwella||c Madawa Warnapura b Chathuranga de Silva||39||42|
|Priyamal Perera||c Sadeera Samarawickrama b Nisala Tharaka||8||7|
|J. Mendis||lbw by Nishan Peiris||5||9|
|C. Karunaratne||lbw by Chathuranga de Silva||20||21|
|I Udana||b Nishan Peiris||35||32|
|Lahiru Samarakoon||not out||11||13|
|P. Jayasuriya||c Oshada Fernando b Nishan Peiris||0||1|
|PC de Silva||5||0||29||2||5.80|
Team Galle’s 1st Innings
|M.Warnapura||b Prabath Jayasuriya||66||118|
|L.Milantha||c Anjelo Mathews b Lahiru Samarakoon||9||12|
|WU Tharanga||lbw by Lahiru Samarakoon||2||2|
|S.Samarawickrama||c Niroshan Dickwella b Isuru Udana||40||66|
|R. Silva||c Charith Asalanka b Prabath Jayasuriya||168||295|
|MD Shanaka||c Niroshan Dickwella b Charith Asalanka||90||145|
|PC de Silva||c Lahiru Samarakoon b Charith Asalanka||0||9|
|Nisala Tharaka||b Prabath Jayasuriya||4||13|
|Dammika Prasad||c Anjelo Mathews b Prabath Jayasuriya||3||22|
|Kasun Madushanka||c Niroshan Dickwella b Charith Asalanka||4||26|
|Nishan Peiris||not out||8||18|
Team Kandy’s 2nd Innings
|P. Nissanka||not out||188||226|
|M Udawatte||c Roshen Silva b Nisala Tharaka||15||20|
|C. Asalanka||c Mohomed Dilshad b Lahiru Milantha||62||143|
|A Mathews||lbw by Nishan Peiris||23||34|
|N. Dickwella||not out||56||66|
|PC de Silva||17||1||83||0||4.88|
Team Galle’s 2nd Innings
|L.Milantha||b Lahiru Samarakoon||17||46|
|M.Warnapura||lbw by Chamika Karunaratne||8||60|
|WU Tharanga||c Anjelo Mathews b Prabath Jayasuriya||103||111|
|S.Samarawickrama||c Lahiru Kumara b Chamika Karunaratne||17||38|
|R. Silva||b Chamika Karunaratne||89||112|
|MD Shanaka||lbw by||9||15|
|PC de Silva||c Prabath Jayasuriya b Chamika Karunaratne||9||20|
|Nisala Tharaka||b Lahiru Samarakoon||18||32|
|Dammika Prasad||not out||11||15|
|Nishan Peiris||c Pathum Nissanka b Chamika Karunaratne||0||2|