Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 July 27, 2011

Basnahira, Combined Provinces ease to wins

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An unbeaten half-century from Jeevantha Kulatunga fashioned Basnahira's 34-run win against Ruhuna at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Basnahira's top-order was solid, after Ruhuna put them in to bat. While Kulatunga, batting at No. 3, struck 69 off 47 with six fours and four sixes, the other batsmen in the top four contributed well to carry Basnahira to 166 for 3. The Ruhuna chase, apart from a short burst from opener Mahela Udawatte, lacked momentum. The batsmen failed to build on starts, and a mini-collapse halfway through the innings meant they stumbled from 74 for 3 to 78 for 6, putting Basnahira firmly in charge. Chathura Peiris and Tillakaratne Dilshan did most of the damage for Basnahira, claiming three wickets each in tight spells, as Ruhuna folded for 132 in the 19th over. The win puts Basnahira at the top of the points table.

After three losses, Combined Provinces turned out an improved performance, to beat Wayamba comprehensively in the second game of the day. Chasing 156, Combined Provinces eased past their target with seven wickets and nine balls to spare. The chase was built around a rapid 52 from Ashan Priyanjan, and cameos of 33 apiece from Dhanushka Gunathilleke and Jeevan Mendis. Earlier, after choosing to bat, Wayamba's line-up failed to build on starts - the only sizeable contribution was 41 from Chamara Silva. Chaminda Vidanapathirana, Ajantha Mendis and Sachith Pathirana combined to keep Wayamba to 155 for 7, claiming two wickets each while conceding just over a run a ball.

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  • RickeePonting on July 28, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    This is just to explain to Sampi72 and Gathika about why these players are not playing for their born provinces. The reason these teams have provincial names is, so the fans from those provinces support the team where they were born. Other than that they are just names. For the players, its not a matter of where they were born or what language they speak, they are in a pool, and the teams pick the best players they can with the amount of money they can spend on them. So the players play the game for money and for the love of the sport, not for the province they were born or raised in. And as for the "goodbye boys" like Sana and Murali, They are there because of their experience. A team is not made up of all "goodbye boys", only one or two(if they can still play). Tactically its smart to have one or two of these players in the team because they know things the new guys dont due to experience. And also the younger guys can learn from the "goodbye boys" about tactics and other things.

  • Nishantha on July 28, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Hey I agree with Sampi and Gathika for not useing players from there own province its dam joke .... if SLC wanted to appoint players as they want here and there they could have named the teams as A...B.....C....D....E.... not as province. and i dont see any issue with Muri and Sana playing it will only add more value and excitement and competitiveness of the turnament.That s good for the youngsters so they can learn more.

  • Samapth on July 28, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Two major disagreements.1.What is the purpose of palying goodbye boys like like Sanath and Murali.They are blocking youngsters oppertunities.2. Why is not allowing the players to play for their born provinces.How come Jeewantha Kulathunga is playing for Basnahira and Thisara Perera ,Indika De seram and Kuashalya weerarathne playing for wayamba.

  • Gathika on July 27, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    So finally one team will win and the all others will be lost..Then the winner will go to play in india. Will they win their as SLC dissolved good players among teams without thinking where they born

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