Uva v Basnahira, SLPL, Colombo

Fernando, Tharanga star in clinical win for Uva

Andrew Fernando at the R Premadasa Stadium

August 12, 2012

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Uva Next 139 for 2 (Tharanga 65*) beat Basnahira Cricket Dundee 136 for 9 (Dilshan 56, Fernando 5-17) by eight wickets
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Upul Tharanga acknowledges his fifty, Uva Next v Basnahira Cricket Dundee, SLPL, Colombo, August 12, 2012
Upul Tharanga finished the job with an unbeaten 65 for Uva © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by senthilshanmu 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,,,

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by RaneshFernando on (August 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

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

Posted by satish619chandar 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..

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

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

Posted by amilag 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!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Cpt.Meanster 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.

Posted by denwarlo70 on (August 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

@Sinhaya, please check his Twenty20 carrier figures???? Does this answer you?

Bowling averages Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10

Twenty20 3 3 48 54 1 1/13 1/13 54.00 6.75 48.0 0 0 0

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

It is true that Oram bowled superbly well. After he took first 3 wickets, BCD built the innings well and set a well platform when 15 overs reached. Had they performed well in last 5 overs, They would have added at least 25 more runs and got a winning position. But It was Dilhara broke that argument. So, He deserved the MOM.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

It is true that Oram bowled superbly well. After he took first 3 wickets, BCD built the innings well and set a well platform when 15 overs reached. Had they performed well in last 5 overs, They would have added at least 25 more runs and got a winning position. But It was Dilhara broke that argument. So, He deserved the MOM.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (August 13, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

@SixFourOut: u are right Oram should have been given the man of the match

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Oram is my Man of the match. Superb spell of bowling to pin BCD & Dilshan down.

Posted by ghtvnath on (August 13, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

@SixFourOut, I think you have a point.Oram deserved the MoM.Anyway, when it comes to teams,the captains and management of slpl is more flexible than IPL.They give opportunities to the best player.we saw Tamim Iqbal was not given an opportunity in IPL but here he played wonderfully well in the first match.He is very talented batsmen.The tournament is shorter than IPL so there is much excitement.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, thank you for your warm wishes BUT I am very angry that one of Sri Lanka's perhaps best off spinner has not been chosen for this tournament. How could a bowler with an average below 15 not catch the eye? The man is Roshan Jayatissa. Type the name on google and look at the cricinfo profile. If this unknown Akila Dhananjaya is playing in Mahela's team why not Roshan Jayatissa? Can you ask for a better bowling average than 15 from any bowler?

Posted by SixFourOut on (August 12, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

I think Oram should have gotten player of the match, he took all three first wickets all in the top order. Fernando did get five, but they were five bowlers and the job had already been done. Is this going to be like the IPL where imports don't get man of the match ever?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 12, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

@nimantha.wijesinghe: This tournament will go a long way to helping Sri Lankan youngsters to learn the skills necessary to succeed at the world level just like how the IPL helps our young Indians to shine. God bless.

Posted by nimantha.wijesinghe on (August 12, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

rocking tournament , pallekale will increase more people , love to watch the way sl youngsters playing , hope BANUKA will play for sl team in t20 WC

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