Kandurata v Nagenahira, SLPL, Colombo August 13, 2012

Nazir helps Nagenahira to second win


Nagenahira Nagas 160 for 3 (Nazir 58, Mathews 42*) beat Kandurata Warriors 159 for 7 (Perera 72) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A blistering 85-run opening stand between Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad and a cool finish from Angelo Mathews trumped perhaps the innings of the tournament so far, from Thisara Perera, as Nagenahira Nagas overhauled Kandurata Warriors' 159 for 7 in the final over. Nazir blasted five sixes and four fours in his half-century, and left his side needing just 75 from 68 at his dismissal - a task Mathews ensured never got out of hand.

Fleet of foot was the key to Nazir's success, as he routinely skipped down the track to change the lengths of both the spinners and the quick men, as well as backing away in his crease on occasion to line up the extra cover fence. Sohail Tanvir's second over cost 20, as both Nazir and Shehzad took full toll of some hittable lengths, before the next over, from Perera, disappeared for 15 to get Nagenahira well ahead of the required rate.

Kaushal Lokuarachchi beat Nazir in the flight in consecutive deliveries when the batsman was on 41, only for the wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva to fluff both straightforward stumping attempts, losing sight of the ball as it passed between bat and pad. Shehzad had been dropped on the boundary earlier too, and the mistakes continued to stack up for Kandurata, who bled at least 15 more runs through misfields alone, leaving aside the runs they might have saved had those chances been taken. When Mathews arrived at 110 for 2 from 12.3 overs, he showed off his improving knack for finishing innings by calmly taking his side over the line to make it two wins from two.

In the Kandurata innings, Perera arrived at the crease with his side stagnating at 61 for 4 from 10.5 overs, and though he took seven balls to get going in earnest, when the explosion came, it was dramatic and effective. A towering six over midwicket, followed by a scorching boundary to the same area set the tone for his assault; the Nagenahira bowlers would continue to offer him length throughout the innings, and he rarely missed an opportunity to pepper his favourite midwicket boundary. Amid the heaves to cow corner there were clobbered fours down the ground and to third man as well, but few balls cramped him for space or posed a genuine threat to his technique. When he fell at 149 for 6, he had contributed 72 of the 88 runs scored during his stay. In the end, Kandurata's total wasn't enough to challenge their opponents.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Neranjan on August 16, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Disappointed, in how Thilan Samaraweera captained the side. The batting line up needs to be rethink, Scot Stiris need to bat high in the line up.

  • namal on August 15, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    tisara ayye good .100k one

  • Shamalka on August 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @Ifthikar Well said bro! You're spot on!

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    great batting by imran nazir

  • Krishna on August 15, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Believe me from an outsider perspective Bangladesh Premier League is a lot better than this tournament.

  • Yohan on August 14, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @Denshaw . mate, you dont need to be so arrgent on crowd issue for SLPL .Almost all in this forum are interested in SLPL and publishing their views which should be apprecited . Please mind that Sri lankans were busy as now back in 2011 but they galored to grounds in WC 2011 . Same will happen in upcoming T20 WC . So SLPL has to think over increasing crowds ( i wish it would gradually increase) otherwise they hv to decentalize tournament as i mentioned earlier or put some other remedies . It financially ok to hv good tv viewership BUT any tournament without suffiecient live audience will struggle .c

  • 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...

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    World Population is only 7billion and of which 1.2billion is of India's. Mumbai should be nearing Sri Lanka's 20million by 2030! Cricket stadiums in Sri Lanka are more or less just the same as of ones in India in terms of seating arrangements and size. For me even if we not have a single fan is fine for me, that's if SLPL is compared with Indian League, yet we did have close to 10000 or more especially when it started at 4pm. IPL has been one of the best business models that has emerged in sports entertainment, same may not go for other countries as movie goers in other countries may account to 1/1000th that of India's, movies stars here cannot draw that big crowds either. I'm proud that we have a format of our own now, SLPL as I see has a lot of potential to grow, if the administration plays it role well SLPL should be the next force in the T20 world. All the best SLPL and SLC..

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Crowd will be less because people are fedup of so much cricket in SL lately. First it was Pakistan then India and now this SLPL. Next month it will be WC 20-20. I guess people needs a break else with so much obvious cricket, the excitement won't be just there and I believe this is what really happening.

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    However, SLPL is going on very well. amused to see Wayamba United & Nagenahira Nagas gaming. Hope that crowd will come next days. likewise IPL, BPL also suffers from lack of audiences but at last it had got their view....hope that SLPL is also walking in the same way as BPL . . .

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