Ruhuna v Uthura, SLPL, Colombo August 14, 2012

Ruhuna open account with big win


Ruhuna Royals 145 for 3 (Finch 65, Rupasinghe 50) beat Uthura Rudras 118 (Maharoof 32, Malinga 4-21) by 35 runs by D/L Method
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the third consecutive night in the SLPL, a brutal opening stand was the bedrock of a comfortable win as fifties to Aaron Finch and Gihan Rupasinghe helped Ruhuna Royals crush Uthura Rudras by 35 runs in a rain-curtailed 16-overs-a-side encounter. Finch made 65 and Rupasinghe 50 as the pair struck 11 fours and four sixes between them. Lasith Malinga's 4 for 21 then ensured Uthura never looked like chasing down the revised target of 154 at any stage.

Finch attacked from the outset, clobbering a straight four from the first ball of the innings, before launching a six two balls later in the same area. Rupasinghe was slower to the charge, but his was no less savage when it began. A four over extra cover and a six over midwicket heralded a slew of boundaries either side of the wicket, and though his innings could have been ended on 26 had Farveez Maharoof held a straightforward chance at short fine leg, he continued to make merry, reaching his-half century in 34 balls, before being undone by a surprise bouncer from spinner Jehan Mubarak. At his fall, Ruhuna were well-set for a big total, at 97 for 1 from 10.5 overs.

Finch switched to consolidation mode after the wicket, passing 50 in 37 balls, with a busy Chamara Silva for company before the rains came. The delay shortened the game by four overs, and while Finch and Silva fell attempting to accelerate in the 16th over, Ruhuna had not lost too many wickets to prevent a favourable Duckworth-Lewis revision to their score of 145 for 3.

Malinga's two early strikes removed Uthura's most dangerous batsmen in Imran Farhat and Brendan Taylor to escalate their task from difficult to near impossible. Two more wickets fell in quick succession to lengthen their odds further, and though Farveez Maharoof blasted a valiant 17-ball 32, his team-mates' pedestrian progress prevented Uthura from asserting any sort of pressure on the opposition. Malinga returned to take two more scalps toward the end of the match, capping off a dominant night for one of the competition's favourites.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Lalith on August 17, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I am just reading scorecard of the match between Wayamba and Uva in Cricinfo. The scorecard reads like this. only 3 batsmen are shown in the scorecard but the score is 3.1 over 17 for 2. When I checked the commentary

    1.1 Umar Gul to , OUT, Gul takes out his Pakistan captain first ball, Hafeez was looking to half-swat it to leg, the ball moved away from back of a length and he ended up getting a thick edge that took off high and settled into mid-off's hands ? c Shoaib Malik b Umar Gul 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66 There is no BAtsman name and the scorer is not bothered to find the name of the batsman. Scorer is so lazy. How can cricket be improved in SL?

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Uthura Rudras is suffering Sakib's absence as KKR. Get well sooooooon Sakib!!

  • Bryn on August 15, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    is finchy in the world t20 team? im guessing he is but considering its in sri lanka this year he should be in there for sure

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @ kc69 : I don't know your country.But please come to Sri Lanka,and enjoy the WC-T20 tournament.I invite you not only to watch the tournament,but also to enjoy the natural beauty of our island.please visit Sri Lanka.cheers!

  • rukshan on August 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    i feel that a low turn up of people was due to many matches in premadasa stadium and week days.... it is better to have in different grounds like ....ruhuna matches at MATARA & GALLE STADIUMS + Basnahira matches at Colombo (RPremadasa,SSC, P sara) + kandurata matches in pallekale + Wayamba matches in Dambulla + Uthura matches in new venue at Jaffna/ every one has a chance to watch and will be a high turn up of people.................from a Sri Lankan Fan to all the nEGETIVE COMMENTS MADE BY OTHER INDIANS/AUSSI/ENG

  • chamitha on August 15, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    kevon cooper is better hitter than murali,mills,etc.he should come atleast no.7..can't understand why he came at no.11 last night..

  • Thimukvi on August 15, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @ All who comment on low crowds, it is true.. until this tournament starts Sri Lankas were use to feel big only if it is an international match. people are not use to participate in domestic tournaments. i am sure SLPL season 2 will bring more crowds just like the IPL did since its 2nd season. But, matches in Kandy will bring more crowds than in Colombo. as this is the debute season, i like to see it as a trial and i am really satisfied the way the things happens right now, small crowds (but entertaining) foreing players (dedicated to put up a good show) presentation and viewing has been good. I wish all the best for SLPL.

  • amila on August 15, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Rhuna is looking strong. Wayaba, Uva, Ruhuna and Naganahira look like very promising sides and intensity will increase as tournament goes on. This is very good cricket despite unfortunate weather interference and im enjoying every bit of it.

  • Tapash on August 15, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Mubarak as captain???? How funny choice. Uthura needs immediate replacement of Mubarak and selects some good cricketers. I have seen yesterday's match. It seems Mubarak and Kapugedara was not able to pick the bat to hit. Only balanced local player is Maharoof. Umpire's poor LBW decision against Imran Farhat assisted Ruhuna to big win.

  • Dhanusha on August 15, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I think SOHAN BORALESSA should play in that team...

    My IX: 1. Imran 2. Taylor 3. Udawatte 4. Maharoof 5. Mubarak 6. Kapugedara 7. Mills 8. C. Peiris 9. S. Boralessa 10. Muralitharan 11. K. Cooper

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