Kandurata v Nagenahira, SLPL, Colombo

Nazir helps Nagenahira to second win

Andrew Fernando at the R Premadasa Stadium

August 13, 2012

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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

Thisara Perera slogs on his way to a 33-ball 72, Kandurata Warriors v Nagenahira Nagas, SLPL, Colombo, August 13, 2012
Thisara Perera clobbered 72 off 33 balls and yet ended up on the losing side © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

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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Posted by goldeneye075 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.

Posted by npkumar on (August 15, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

tisara ayye good .100k one

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (August 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

great batting by imran nazir

Posted by kc69 on (August 15, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

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

Posted by yohandf1984 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

Posted by Deanshaw 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...

Posted by   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..

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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 . . .

Posted by amilag on (August 14, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Excellent inning by Perera. But Nazir bat well in the chase.good cricket! Enjoyed watching every bit of it over TV.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (August 14, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

With the less crowd seen in Mondays game , Organizers should realize to decentralize SLPL a bit in coming years . Two each matches Hambantota , Dambulla (flood lights to be renovated) would be fine . How abt having 1 each evening games in Galle & Radella & Kurunegala on weekends . So public in these areas will pour into ground as they hvnt witnessed such games. Otherwise nobody can expect fans in Colombo to come day after day . anyway its being watched by lots of viewers in television . But live crowd will boost carnival atmosphere which SLPL needs .

Posted by Balumekka on (August 14, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

The quality of cricket in SLPL is superb and competitive, but the crowds are disappointing. Sri lanka, being a very small country, has no significant provincial differences with regard to geography, culture, language, ethnic or racial backgrounds. Therefore it is difficult to think that separate fan bases will be established around these franchises. This deficiency is also projected with the spectators coming to the grounds to support the respective teams. Just imagine the situation in India. The 11th largest state in India, Tamil Nadu is twice as large as Sri Lanka and has a population three times higher as Sri Lanka. For the enite state, there's only one IPL franchise, CSK!. So, how on earth you expect crowds in the stadiums??? Anyway,this will be a very good opportunity to Sri Lankan youngsters, I must say.

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 14, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Well the crowds have been extremely disappointing, if they cant spare 3 hours in the evening to watch such good quality cricket then what will bring them to the cricket ground? And if it continues like this I dont think this tournament can continue on. Lankans probably have lost their appetite for cricket, no crowds for tests, ODI's, T20 and now their own T20 league played to empty stands. Good wishes anyways.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (August 14, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

Thank you sponsors and the spectators who turned up to watch these matches and encourage our upcoming talent...I hope to see a packed house in semis and in the final game! Good luck SLPL!!

Posted by CRmadrid on (August 14, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

To be honest it is really difficult to expect big crowds in Sri Lanka during weekends considering this is very small country & compared to India. However, I would expect the weekends to be success since the competition is gaining popularity in the community as everybody was impressed with the proceedings so far. And about cricket good to see pakistani players are coming in & performing well.

Posted by 9ST9 on (August 14, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

crowd was disapointing being a monday - weekend crowd were a bit better. still Sri Lankan/s are not known to be a 'stadium-filling' public, unless some high profile international encounter as opposed to Indian Pakistani or Bangaldeshi fans. The fans are still a bit confused as whom to support etc. SLPL needs games in places like kurunegala (Wayamba's capital) in the future - I have seen large crowds even for low profile 'A' team games, U19 matches and warm up matches as well as the old Inter provincial games. Facilites are not up to the mark BUT if slpl has to catch on it has to move out of colombo.

Posted by ashangamage on (August 14, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

@ lasitha . jeewantha kulathunga must play t20 even he is 39+

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 14, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

It was a terrific innings from Perera.. The Kandurata innings was going nowhere before he came and gave something to bowl at.. But you can't have plans to stop Nazir.. He will just blast it until he gets out.. As usual, Mathews finished off smoothly..

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (August 14, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

what has happened to JEEWANTHA KULATHUNGE of kandurata? Is he injured or what??

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

local broadcasting parner CSN doing absolute nothing to promote the slpl, so how can we expect crowds to turn up? only the mad cricket fans like are aware of this thing,, pathetic promotion , cricket still the most popular sport in sl but their promotions way to unprofessional, everything about slpl is so boring

Posted by Desihungama on (August 13, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

@Abhijeet Kushe - lol, What? You don't a team in there from Pakistan to spank around all three of you? Okay - Not the Sri Lankans. Good luck SLPL. You are here to stay.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Rather than having a SLPL. which i feel would be discontinued from next year onwards. Srilanka should have organized a T20 Srilanka Super challenge and have T20 teams from India Bangladesh and Srilanka play together in a try series of 2 round robin in a span of one week. Each year they could have one touring team and one visiting team and have the tournament.I think that will have more chances of success rather than an IPL rip off since it is first of its kind triseries

Posted by Inaz on (August 13, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

What has happened to our Lankan fans, grounds are empty. We won't be having an SLPL next year if we don't turn up. Its all about the encouragement we supporters give for our youngsters and first class cricketers. I live abroad and I have seen many a talented srilankan cricketers, most of them has to forgo cricket because of their family (financial) commitments. This could change if SLPL exist for long because it might provide atleast something better than something what they are getting now.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Crowds have been disappointing even though the quality of cricket is good.

Posted by Perera32 on (August 13, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Thisara Perera's Innings was brilliant, he should of got the MoM award. Nazir played well too though. Thisara Perera is definatley Sri Lanka's biggest hitter of a cricket ball, wish him all the best for the rest of the SLPL and WC T20.

Posted by   on (August 13, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Way to go Mr Nazir, we need you in good form against Aussies

Posted by yohandf1984 on (August 13, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

well . After 5 games SLPL is seeming to be very competitive . Kandurata Warriors hv work cutout . Its really good to see Thisara is playing a great knock . Overseas batmen are doing quite well (Frahat , Tamim , Nazir , Borges) . Looking forward to see tomoro s game . Can Malinga s ' Ruhunu Royals overcome Muralis Uthura Rudras . Lets see .

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