Uva v Wayamba, SLPL, Pallekele

Wayamba win two in two

The Report by Andrew Fernando

August 17, 2012

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Wayamba United 147 for 9 (K Akmal 36, Oram 3-6) beat Uva Next 127 (Kumara 3-33) by 20 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Jacob Oram celebrates the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene,Wayamba United v Uthura Next, SLPL, Pallekele, August 17, 2012
Uva's Jacob Oram, bowling at the start of the Wayamba innings, finished with figures of 3 for 6 © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

Wayamba United roared back after a poor start to record their second win in as many matches in the SLPL, beating Uva Next by 20 runs in Pallekele. Kamran Akmal's 32-ball 36 helped Wayamba United recover after they had slipped to 44 for 4 from 5.3 overs, before late hitting from Milinda Siriwardene and Kaushal Weeraratne lifted them to 147 for 9 from their 20 overs. The Wayamba United bowlers also overcame a poor start, to strangle the Uva Next innings after the opposition openers had made a rapid start.

Wayamba United stacked all four of their overseas players in the top five, and the move almost backfired when Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal were all dismissed cheaply, with Mahela Jayawardene also contributing only 9. Kamran Akmal rebuilt alongside a unhurried Dinesh Chandimal however, taking runs to the outfield rather than attempting a counterattack - though the big shot did come occasionally, usually to the square boundary on the off side.

At their demise at 82 for 5 and 90 for 6 Wayamba United were still threatening a small total, but entertaining 20s from Siriwardene and Weeraratne ensured the bowlers would have something to defend, as the exploited poor lengths from the opposition bowlers to put on 41 from 24 balls.

In the chase, Dilshan Munaweera clobbered three fours and a six in his 26, and he alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul took Uva Next to 30 from 2 overs, but none of the other batsmen were able to eclipse his score as they continued to lose wickets in close proximity.

Akila Dananjaya was again impressive for Wayamba United, conceding only 20 from his four overs and taking two wickets in the process. Batsmen were not always fooled by his variations, but his turn and flight remained a threat throughout his spell and ensured few risks were taken against him. Isuru Udana also bagged two cheap scalps, while Chathuranga Kumara took three wickets for 33 from his four.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by   on (August 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

bhanuka shud bat at no 3..he is a free scoring batsman..and kandamby shud bat at no 7..

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

@ sanga_cricket_fan , agree with you.Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan all close to 35 and they won't be around in next world cup.Chandimal,Bhanuka,Angalo Perera,Thirimanne are the guys who have the potential to become next Sri Lankan stars.They should given a chance to prove themselves in a competitive league such as this without putting them under pressure by asking them to bat at 6 or 7.It destroys their natural game.Take a look at Chandimal . He is a very good stroke maker when he first came to SL side but now he is more restricted and his flamboyancy is missing from his game. In last t20 game against India he came at 7 and we lost that game.This is Sri lanka Premier league .not a foriegn league.Give young guns a chance now otherwise we will have to export players in future!!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 18, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

@philipsmgp, I agree we should not have had SLPL really. Also, we have a major mental problem against India to be honest. After all, we need Indian money to survive cos without Indian help we cant stand on our feet. That is a price you have to pay when you are dependent like we Lankans.

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 17, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

i wonder how is this tournament giving chances to sri lankas young batsman. wayambas top 5 are foriegner+jayawardene. both teams Uva and wayamba asked their most promissing batsmen bhanuka and chandimal to bat at No.6 . another promissing youngster Angelo perera has been asked to bat at No.6 by nagenehira. I dont know when are these guys going to learn. this is the same mistake they are making at the senior level by asking the youngsters to bat way down the order and they fail. chandimal and bhanuka are free flowing batsmen and if they bat at the top it will be really useful for the team and them.

Posted by FOTO on (August 17, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Tamim needs to observe a few overs and then hit. Not go Imran Nazir style cause he doesn't have the accuracy like Imran Nazir. Even Chris Gayle observes the pitch before he fires.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 17, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Uva Next did't get their batting line up right today .Upul Tharanga should have opened with Munaweera . Chandrapaul is not a good t20 player .even his one day strike rate is just 70 .so he is not suitable for this format . dropping Andrew Mcdonald is a big mistake.Also why Bhanuka coming late at 6 after Malik and Kandambi..? He is a free scoring batsman not a finisher , he must bat at no3 4 in future matches if they want to go to semis..!!!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

That's the problem with Tamim he has the talent and can play many great innings but in games such as this, his arrogance as usual gets the better of him and he really needs to sort such things out if he truly wants to be a great opener. Oram balled beautifully though the way the ball moved and seamed would trouble any batsman just look at this bowling figures today even the other batsman struggled today. But anyway its T20 bowlers have their moments too but surprised a player like Abdul Razzaq got swapped for Hafeez especially in T20s.

Posted by philipsmgp on (August 17, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

There were talks that Srilankan cricketers played too many matche were affected by fatigue losing the one day series against india. are they not affected by playing the SLPL????? Dont they need rest????? why helll u not accept u were out played by the Indians?

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Tamim should learn to read the pitch. You can't play the same game on every pitch. Well played Mushfiq, go on!!

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Congrates to Wayambaya United. They are really so strong. Tamim, Akmal, is the best opener.

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