Basnahira v Kandurata, SLPL, Colombo August 11, 2012

All-round Dilshan stars for Basnahira


Basnahira Cricket Dundee 129 for 3 (Dilshan 66*, Tanvir 3-31) beat Kandurata Warriors 95 for 7 (Perera 35, Dilshan 2-26) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan lit up a damp Colombo evening with a 39-ball 66 not out and two wickets to ignite Basnahira's SLPL campaign, as they defeated Kandurata by 34 runs in a 13-over match. Playing in front of a small but boisterous home crowd, Dilshan savaged the sometimes wayward Kandurata bowling either side of the wicket, before making the initial breakthroughs for his side with the ball. A direct hit run-out towards the end of the Kandurata innings completed his near-perfect night.

Having laboured to 10 from his first 18 balls, thanks largely to a fiery opening spell from Sohail Tanvir, Dilshan plundered 56 from his next 21. Two scoops to the boundary off Scott Styris' second over heralded the onslaught, before heaving two consecutive legside sixes two overs later. There were plenty of knee-high full tosses, and friendly short balls from the Kandurata bowlers, but in between dispatching the dross, Dilshan struck good balls to the boundary too.

Brad Hodge operated in Dilshan's slipstream to begin with, before playing a few bold strokes of his own to claim 27 from 20 balls. Having struck three consecutive boundaries from Tanvir's third over, he was the victim of his own flamboyance on the next ball, where he went so deep in his crease that his bat disturbed the stumps on its way down to hit the ball. The pair's third-wicket partnership of 70 though, was the bedrock for a good finish, which Dilshan duly provided, by clubbing Kosala Kulasekara's final four deliveries for three fours and a six.

Thilan Samaraweera was the surprise opener for Kandurata, and though his quick 24 promised a tight finish, a Dilshan double-strike in the fifth over dented the visitors' ambitions. Fired up from his innings, Dilshan even gave his Sri Lanka team-mate a sendoff - something the laidback Samaraweera seemed amused at, if anything. Nuwan Pradeep, Charl Langeveldt and Rangana Herath took a wicket a piece as Kandurata fell well behind the asking rate, and though Thisara Perera threatened a revival with a 21-ball 35, he was fighting a lone cause. His wicket, with Kandurata at 84 for 5 from 10.2 overs effectively secured the match for Basnahira.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dean on August 14, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    OK first of all, all the people who talk about organizing do you know what the hell is 'organizing' means?? if you did'nt come to SL to watch this then shut up. I mean the matches goes well, we get the pictures greatly thanks to ESPN and who cares about the rest?..of course we cannot predict whether can we?

    Secondly about the jersy's,...true they are very similar to IPL, but no one owns colors right? could have been more creative rather than copying.

    And if anyone concerned about the crowd get this,...any cricket fan in Sri lanka would be watching SLPL even they cannot attend the ground. I mean people are not jobless right? they are buzy! I do not know about India but we have better things to do but always make time for an interesting match....

    These things are organized for enjoyment so put your egos aside and support...

  • balu on August 12, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    sl players are excited but not audiences ...very poor organising...but expecting godd intreset from india

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    One of the most annoying players in SLC....He plays well in T20 especially IPL but doesnt play for the country

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Pijamas r similaer 2 IPL. Like 2 see better pijamas next year, which are unique 2 Sri Lanka. overall this is more than i expected. Good work, can improve in the next season.

  • Dinushan on August 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    First of all, it was better than expected. And thanks ESPN STAR for great pictures. With regards to some comments about players jerseys looking like the ones used in IPL; we do not care. Its SLPL & they have the right to make any jersy in any colour.I wasn't excited about this SLPL before, but after what I have seen yesterday I must say I'm impressed. Weldone Sri Lanka & good luck.

  • Tharindu on August 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    where are photos????? cricinfo please upload photos in every match!!!

  • amila on August 12, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Good cricket (nice and balance combat between bat & ball). The tournament has been organised well which is beyond my expectations. A wonderful, colourful opening ceremony! Hope rain stay away! Good Luck SLPL!

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    no pre released tickets no crowd all VIP ,really poor organizing. but the camera work and graphics of ESPN star cricket is awesome , thanx ESPN

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Tournament is good and entertaining except for rain,but we can't support against rain.August is generally dry month.But Sri lanka did not have enough rain for last 3 years.The telecast is not enough featured because not indication of speed of balls , not availability of hawk eye technology and wagon wheels.

  • Prashan on August 12, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @Imteaz Tishad, it is wrong to call July and August rainy season in Sri Laka. Bro, kindly look at the past many years. We have had most of our home series by hosting cricket teams in July and August as it is relatively dry though occasional rain cannot be ruled out. We recently hosted India without any rain interruption.

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