Ruhuna v Uthura, SLPL, Colombo

Ruhuna open account with big win

Andrew Fernando at the R Premadasa Stadium

August 14, 2012

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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

Aaron Finch plays the pull, Ruhuna Royals v Uthura Rudras, SLPL, Colombo, August 14, 2012
Aaron Finch was the top scorer for Ruhuna with 65 © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

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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Posted by LALITHKURUWITA 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?

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

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

Posted by jonesy2 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

Posted by   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!

Posted by rukshank 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

Posted by sonu77 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..

Posted by LoveLanka 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.

Posted by amilag 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by dhanusha_so 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

Posted by 9ST9 on (August 15, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

@kc69 - which country are you from mate?

Posted by Naan_Manithan on (August 15, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Is this Sri Lanka Premier League or Sinhala Premier League. Rename it from next season as SPL, which would suit better. I am sure new Sinhala stars will start to shine through this, but I wonder whether there will be more chances for the boys in North and East or Hills, as the Secretary of the BCCSL described.

Posted by kc69 on (August 15, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Being a criket fan I tried to watch SLPL but its looking super boring and nobody is in the stadium(Crowd).Was planning to come to Sri Lanka for World cup T20 this September but i believe i can drop that option.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 15, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, for your information bro. Looking at last year when we hosted Australia, August games went rain free. Early September rain did affect the Pallekelle test match. In 2010 July and August, when India came for 3 tests and a tri series, it was all rain free except one ODI in Dambulla. In 2009 June, July and August, we hosted Pakistan and NZ and went fine. In 2008 July and August, we hosted India for a full tour and went without any rain problem. So bro, fact is Sri Lanka is least affected by India and Pakistan's wet season middle of the year. That is why we host teams during that period.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 15, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, sorry I disagree with you. Good to have all 3 formats of cricket to have great variety. Regarding weather, get light rain here and there but remember Sri Lanka always hosts teams in July and August because that time of the year is relatively dry. Look back at the past many years where we have hosted international teams usually in July and August besides January to March. I know this is a heavily raining time in India. But yesterday's match even if it did not rain, the result was the same. Also bro the Indian tour of Sri Lanka went through without any rain interruption which proves that July and August are relatively dry months.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

A fine day for Ruhuna, previous match also they had good chance.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 14, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

@dheerajshetty: Can't really blame them. The weather has been poor across the island and is expected to be so because this is the monsoon season across the southern parts of the subcontinent. Plus, people are not quite used to seeing pro T20 cricket in SL so there is a bit of cricketing culture shock. I am sure it will become okay. I am a firm believer of club level T20 cricket. It is the FUTURE of cricket along with Test cricket. ODIs and international T20s should be BANNED in the future. I hope my words come true in the next few years.

Posted by dheerajshetty on (August 14, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans need to be supporting SLPL by turning out at the stadiums.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 14, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Mubarak as captain??? the worst cricketer Sri Lanka ever produced!! plz kik him out from Uthura team.

Posted by palis123 on (August 14, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Depressing to see low crowd turnouts. Perhaps its not surprising since CSN is the official broadcaster in SL. Hope the crowds would improve at least in Kandy.

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 14, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

uthura needs to pick the right team combination.where is roshen silva who has a first class average of 50 and has a very decent ODI and t20 average. why is he sitting on the bench. another spinner called sohan boralessa who has very good first class record and yet to get a game. why maharoof was not asked to ball.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (August 14, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

One sided game . good to see Jerome Tailor in action . So Ruhuna Royals look the strongest in bowling with Malinga , Tailor & Afridi . Nice to see the measured inning of Rupasinghe . He is a guy for future . Uthura Rudras have to reassess their team coz they r looked unsettled . Two days break before moving to Pallekele .

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