Uva v Basnahira, SLPL, Colombo August 12, 2012

Fernando, Tharanga star in clinical win for Uva


Uva Next 139 for 2 (Tharanga 65*) beat Basnahira Cricket Dundee 136 for 9 (Dilshan 56, Fernando 5-17) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A measured 65 not out from Upul Tharanga and a five-wicket haul by Dilhara Fernando took Uva Next to an eight-wicket win over Basnahira Cricket Dundee at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Uva chased down Basnahira's 136 for 9 in 18.2 overs, with Shoaib Malik at the crease alongside Tharanga, as the pair put on 79 to close out the match. Tharanga was characteristically strong through the off side throughout his innings, but it was Dilshan Munaweera who provided the early impetus with three powerfully struck boundaries in his 14-ball stay. Tharanga switched to accumulation mode after Munaweera's dismissal, and Malik did likewise when he came to the crease at 60 for 2. Untroubled by Basnahira's bowlers on what remained a good batting pitch after the run-fest that had occurred on the same surface just hours earlier, the pair accelerated in the final overs to ensure there would be no unexpected hiccups.

Fernando didn't bowl his first over until the 16th of the Basnahira innings, but finished with five wickets - three from his last four balls - and in doing so, ensured Basnahira couldn't propel themselves past the modest total they had seemed headed for, for much of their innings. Jeevan Mendis was his first scalp, holing out in an attempt to accelerate and it became a pattern in Fernando's wickets. Indika de Saram was taken in by Fernando's split-finger slower ball and miscued his stroke to mid-off, before Rangana Herath, Cameron Borgas and Lahiru Jayaratne all fell on the leg side boundary in the last over.

Tillekeratne Dilshan made 56 for Basnahira, but unlike his savage innings from the previous evening, this fifty came at a relatively pedestrian strike rate of 117. Like his team-mates, Dilshan struggled for timing, often attempting expansive strokes, only to settle for mis-hit singles into the outfield. Jacob Oram provided the early pressure for Uva with three wickets in the first seven overs - setbacks Basnahira never really recovered from.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    The seats might be empty but people will watch, things like this take time to pick up. Sri Lankans have to get invested in their respective team and it will slowly get better and better. Consistency is the key. I mean look at the big match and the rivalries between the school teams and people attend those.

    Have to give it time and maintain a tempo about this whole series.

  • Senthil on August 13, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    its boring.... empty seats... lone music band... dull cheerleaders.... not good cricket by local talents.... maybe it is due to initial periods.. i hoping for the best,,,

  • Prashan on August 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @denwarlo70, well he has only played 3 T20 games and thats not enough. His stats in the longer format proves his skills. @Cpt.Meanster, thanks again bro and hope this SLPL wont have payment problems like BPL.

  • Ranesh on August 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well Done Uva! Good performance from Oram an Tharanga! Hope Gayle will be there next year//

  • Satish on August 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Nice game.. More than anything, Dilshan is regaining his form in the tournament which will augur well for SL in WT20..

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Mubarak & Kapugedara are useless. they play only for themselves.

  • amila on August 13, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Bhanuka and Munaweera's short stay at crease still showed good signs for SL cricket. Happy for the fact that equal opportunities have been given to foreign player like Tamim in the matched unlike other T20 leagues. Well done SLPL! Keep it going!

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    I saw bhanuka rajapakse's batting its very good. and he must learn more about shot selection. he is next sangakkara of sri lanka.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    i was dying to see Bhanuka Rajapaksa's batting, but he is not dat good as i expected, his foot works very weak lyk a very ordinary batsman, bit too fat n no balance at all, pretty much lyk thilina kandambi :( only gud thng vth him his arm speed, dats tremendous.. i thnk dat dilshan munaweera is da guy we shud lukafter, da way he bat last nyt was very good..he's bit lyk Thendulkar

  • Jay on August 13, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Hello friend, sorry I don't know much about Sri Lankan domestic cricket to comment on that. But I feel any youngster who is skilled and talented should play in this league. After all it's the SRI LANKAN PREMIER LEAGUE. All Sri Lankans should have equal opportunities to play and make some money here. So I hope your player gets his chance. Best wishes.

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