Premier Limited Overs Tournament 2013-14 December 21, 2013

Kaushal spins Nondescripts into final

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Nondescripts Cricket Club 175 for 3 (Angelo Perera 64*) beat Colts Cricket Club 174 (Siriwardana 59, Kaushal 4-33) by 7 wickets

Nondescripts Cricket Club's rising stars launched their team into the final of the Premier Limited Over Tournament, as they raced to a seven-wicket win over Colts Cricket Club at the Premadasa Stadium. Offspinner Tharindu Kaushal scalped 4 for 33 - his best haul of the season - to help dismiss Colts for 174, before Angelo Perera struck an unbeaten 64 to take Nondescripts home in less than 30 overs. Colts had been the only unbeaten side during the tournament's round-robin phase.

Seamers Kosala Kulasekara and Lahiru Madushanka had struck early blows for Nondescripts after they had sent Colts in. Colts were 65 for 4 in the 14th over before Milinda Siriwardene led a small recovery, scoring 59 from 86 balls. But he was poorly supported by the middle-order, with none of the batsmen managing more than 20 as Kaushal ran amok. No. 9 Ishan Jayaratne made 27 - the second-highest score in the innings - before Colts were bowled out in the 48th over.

Nondescripts' chase was promising from the outset, as tournament top-scorer Niroshan Dickwella and new Sri Lanka A captain Upul Tharanga put on 60 for the first wicket. They lost three quick wickets after that, but Perera walloped five sixes and four fours in his 50-ball knock, making light work of the target.

The second semi-final between Sinhalese Sports Club and Ragama Cricket Club will be played at the Premadasa on Monday. The final is scheduled at the same venue on December 28.

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  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Fast bowlers are most effective in short bursts of 4-6 overs whereas spinners can and should bowl much longer spells of 10-20 overs. So playing 4 fast bowlers to share the workload makes sense but the same logic cannot be applied to playing 4 spinners. I don't think playing more than 2 spinners in a side makes very much sense.

  • Kumara on December 21, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I'm generally a fan of watching fast bowlers bowling. But Kaushal is a type of spinner I like to watch. Just the effort he put in every ball to spin it is something that excites me. But I don't think he consistently get the purchase deserved for that action. Hopefully bowling more and more overs and with improved rhythm it will come to him.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    kaushal and dananjaya should be in sl team

  • Prashan on December 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Good to see the emergence of Kaushal. Seems he must be used along with Ramith Rambukwella to support Sachithra Senanayake who is no doubt the next Murali. Rangana Herath will not play most likely beyond 2015 as his knee is a concern. Also, Herath cannot be as great as a right arm spinner since left arm orthodox spinners lack the variety of deliveries which right arm offies and leggies possess. Looking at the leading wicket taking spinners, the list includes Murali, Warne, Kumble, Harbhajan and Vettori. Vettori being 5th proves that it is often right arm spinners who help win test matches.

    For home tests, Sri Lanka should use just one fast bowler and Mathews can be the 2nd option and without fail have 3 or 4 spinners. Surely Aussies, English and Proteas have 4 fast bowlers in tests. So why not sub continent teams play 3 or 4 spinners in a test too.

  • Lakpriya on December 21, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Kaushal should be given a chance at International level, he is a genuine turner of the ball who can trouble batsman, SL definitely needs bowlers who can take wickets in tests.

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