Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 July 26, 2011

Ruhuna, Basnahira complete routs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ruhuna surged to the top of the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Tournament table with a 84-run hammering of Combined Provinces at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Ruhuna put in a team batting effort, led by Sanath Jayasuriya's 44, to reach 174 and their bowlers then skittled Combined Provinces for 90. Jayasuriya scored at a strike-rate of 169.23 and got his team off to a flier. Ruhuna had reached 87 in 7.1 overs before Jayasuriya was dismissed. Jeevan Mendis helped Combined Provinces pull things back with three wickets.

But Ruhuna's innings had one final surge when Chinthaka Perera came in at No. 10 and smashed 19 off 7 balls. The target of 175 was always going to be a stern task for the Combined Provinces line-up, but to capitulate in 13 overs would have disappointed them. Chanaka Welegedara struck twice early, before Suraj Randiv and Perera ran through the rest of the batting with six wickets between them, consigning Combined Provinces to their third-straight defeat in the tournament.

Basnahira also completed a thumping win on the day, chasing Kandurata's 120 all out in just 14.1 overs without losing a wicket. Ishara Amerasinghe and Tillakaratne Dilshan combined to restrict Kandurata to a low total. Amerasinghe struck in his first over, and when Rangana Herath removed Tharanga Paranavitana, Kandurata were struggling at 18 for 2. There was bit of a recovery from there, with Chanaka Wijesinghe scoring 42 and putting together a 50-run stand with Farveez Maharoof. But Tillakaratne Dilshan chipped away at the wickets, finishing with figures of 3 for 23 and then Amerasinghe ran through the lower order to finish with 4 for 18.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dilshan Munaweera made light work of the target, the former racing to 56 not out off 34 balls and the latter getting 57 not out off 51 balls.

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  • ridma on July 28, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    jayasuriya like old wine. please bring him back

  • Samapth on July 27, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    No point of talking about master blaster .he is off.Lets talk about the selection of Australia tour.Angelo matews should be the vice captain for longer period.Lets try to build up " mathews-Chandimal " combination in future such as "Duleep-RoY" , "Arujuna-Aravinda" and " Mahela-sanga".Dinesh chandimal will be the future master bat of Sri lanka.Lets give him a chance in Tests also.This is the time to bring young Bhanuka Rajapakse.Do not wast his younger carrer such as happened to jeewan mendis.I wonder the past selectors had not seen jeewan mendis at least 3-4 years back..It is time to say good bye to Kandamby,Mubarak,chamara silva and Dilhara fernando .Dear selectors ,have anybody of u seen shamindra Eranga is bowling.I is a much better bowler than Dilhara.Do not forget Thilina Thushara.Give him at least "A" team oppertunity.

  • Dilsanda on July 26, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    With One day series against Australia,Pakistan,South Africa & Australia Tri Series & Asia Cup coming over the next 8 months for Sri Lanka, they should give an extended run to Mathews,Tharanga,Chandimal,Jeevan & Randiv over that period.Mathews should be our next captain & Tharanga should be the vice-captain.Chandimal could be given the Wicket Keeping job gradually as Sanga could play as a specialist batsman.What do you think of it?

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    I was watching it.It was kinda thrilling watching Jayasuriya's innings.reminds me of good old memories of Master bLAAAsTer.

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    If BCCI had got along we could have some international stars playing these matches. Very bad planning by SLC. We now see empty stands

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Master Blaster is still on fire.

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