Uthura Rudras v Wayamba United, SLPL, Colombo August 12, 2012

Tamim, Kamran overpower Uthura


Wayamba United 183 for 1 (Tamim 93*, Kamran 79) beat Uthura Rudras 179 for 7 (Farhat 51, Kapugedera 38) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A blazing opening stand between Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal made a chase of 180 seem a cakewalk, as Wayamba United crushed Uthura Rudras by nine wickets, with four balls to spare at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Tamim savaged an unbeaten 93 from 61 deliveries, while Kamran made 79 from 55. The latter's dismissal in the penultimate over was the only hiccup during the run chase, and that too when the game was already in the bag. Earlier, Imran Farhat's breakneck fifty and Chamara Kapugedara's 38 had lifted Uthura to an imposing 179 for 6, but the bowlers' inability to create chances, or even contain the batsmen for any length of time undid hopes of securing a first-up win.

The Wayamba openers bludgeoned 14 fours and nine sixes between them, feasting on a buffet of friendly length balls from the Uthura pace bowlers, that were mostly heaved brutally onto the leg side. Unafraid to use their feet to the spinners, the pair made plenty off them as well. Muttiah Muralitharan prides himself on being economical in this format, but Tamim's six off him into the second tier of the stands over wide long-on was the biggest hit of the night. Murali disappeared for 36 from his four - a marginally better economy rate than Uthura's other spinner, Janaka Gunaratne, who went at 12 an over.

Tamim reached his fifty from 31 balls with a lofted cover drive, before Kamran launched two sixes over midwicket in the next over to reach his milestone from 32 balls. The pair slowed slightly as the target neared, but were never in danger of becoming too complacent about the required rate.

Wayamba's fast bowlers had erred in length as well, allowing Farhat to propel Uthura to 68 from 6 overs, but Wayamba's spinners were on hand to pare back the run rate, bowling ten overs for 68 between them.

One of those spinners was 18-year-old Akila Dananjaya, who was picked for Wayamba and Sri Lanka's 30-man ICC World Twenty20 provisional squad, despite not having played any first class or list A cricket. He made a creditable debut, conceding only 24 from his four overs. Only five of Dananjaya's supposed seven variations were on show today, as he unfurled a doosra, googly, carrom ball and finger-spun topspinner to go with his stock off-breaks.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Tamim is a young talented batsman fact! and this innings was proof! :)

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Srilanka might be a small nation in terms of size but there is some real talents out there from what i have seen.

  • Zahirul on August 13, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    In all leagues, I think teams are allowed to play only 4 foreign players, if so then these are the almost same players playing in every league. BBL has even lesser foreign players, BPL & SPL might have missed the service of Indian players, but I bet only 3/4 are missing the game and they are easily replaceable by Pak players! English are kind of self exiled themselves from these tournaments. So, in terms of "Foreign Players", I would say all leagues are close enough, oh IPL gets slight advantage as they organized the tournament when International matches are less and gets full services of most international players. Now, the rest squad must filled with local talents who are dominant btw, so in what aspect anyone say Indian local are way superior than Srilanka and Australia, could be better than BD, I won't argue now. So, with this fact then how would anyone say BPL & SPL are third graded tournament, rather IPL is spending way higher for the same services from likes Gayle and others!

  • proshenjit on August 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    IPL is more about big names than talents. That's why teams like Pune chooses clarke ahead of Tamim even at opening positions. This is all about glamor not cricket. I am not saying clarke is not a bad player. But there should have been fair chances for player like in form Tamim who got 4 consecutive half centuries in Asia Cup against all opponents. Even he was wisden cricketer of the year for two consecutive centuries against England bowling line up.

    Mahela is more aggressive & innovative than Ganguly. Ganguly even suggested KKR to drop Shakib in the final! That shows Ganguly's inability to choose the right player in this format.

  • Jawwad on August 13, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I agree JINDAL_PRIYANK although being a bangladeshi myself. This same problem happens in the BPL where 5 foreign players are allowed per match!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Young Dananjaya will be next Ajantha Mendis...

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    U guys might be celebrating Tamim'm knock but just think the other way round. Wayamba's batting line-up consists of almost all international level batsmen Tamim, Kamran, Umar, Chandimal, Razzaq and Mahela himself. Come one man, u can give chance to some SL domestic batsman, send him up with Tamim or Kamran to open and there will always be Mahela and Chandi to support in middle order. Agreed that winning is also important but after all this league is for Sri Lankan youngsters, they should get more opportunities NOT Tamim or Kamran. For the same reason, I have stopped supporting CSK.

  • Itrat on August 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    INDIAN'S ARE BELIEVE IN STATISTICS India v Pakistan - One-Day Internationals (Since 1978) Total Played: 121 India won: 48 Pakistan won: 69 No Result: 4 *India v Pakistan - TEST Total Played: 59 India won: 9 Pakistan won: 12 Draw: 38 *Series: India: 8 Pakistan: 11 Draw: 1


  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @Great_Aussie...You make a valid point that SLPL, BPL or even BBL is nowhere near IPL financially but that's mainly because the fan base of India and the amount of investors it has but the Cricket is no different all the same and that's what really counts. For us really, its the standard of Cricket that has improved from Cricketers.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @neothematrix...lol Tamim Iqbal innings fluke? Mate do you even know what fluke means? I mean this Tamim still at the age of 23 already against your Indian team has scored a wonderful test century 151 against India and has scored 6 half centuries in as many short number of games against India at an overall average of 43 against a mighty team like India yeap sounds like a 'fluke' to me haha...also this was the same guy who on debut in England scored 2 magnificent Test 100s against England :)

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