Kandurata v Uthura, SLPL, Pallekele August 18, 2012

Samaraweera, Tanvir star in Kandurata win


Kandurata Warriors 168 for 5 (Samaraweera 71, Maharoof 3-36) beat Uthura Rudras 105 for 7 (Tanvir 4-32) by 32 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two vicious bursts from Sohail Tanvir and Thilan Samaraweera's hitherto-unsuspected shot repertoire saw Kandurata Warriors comfortably beat Uthura Rudras. The victory is the first for the Warriors in the Sri Lanka Premier League, leaving the Rudras the only winless side after three matches. In pursuit of 169, the Rudras' chances were dented by Tanvir's first two overs, which yielded two wickets for nine. When John Hastings claimed two of his own soon after, the Rudras' most dangerous batsmen were already back in the dug-out, and they were faced with a required rate of well above nine, from 34 for 4. Earlier in the evening Samaraweera had blasted 71, to send the Warriors on their way to an imposing total, hitting nine fours and a six in his 45-ball stay.

Tanvir was close to unplayable in his first two overs, as he swung the ball prodigiously away from the right-hand batsmen, and got plenty to jag back off the seam as well. Rob Quiney knew no more about the indipper that sent him back second ball, than Mahela Udawatte knew about the one that uprooted his off stump in Tanvir's next over. Brendan Taylor and Chamara Kapugedara were quickly removed by Hastings, and when Jehan Mubarak fell to Saeed Ajmal for 13, the Rudras had lost their top five for 54. Dillon du Preez launched three boundaries to spark hope of an unlikely recovery, but when the rains came down at 105 for 7 from 16 overs, the Rudras' fate was sealed.

Sanath Jayasuriya earlier took guard at the top of the innings for the first time in the SLPL, but it was partner Samaraweera who was the unlikely source of early momentum for the Warriors. Four boundaries in seven balls began Samaraweera's assault and signaled he wasn't just there to play second fiddle to Jayasuriya. Having made mere spectators out of several opening partners during his international career, Jayasuriya watched on this time, as the once obdurate Samaraweera showcased a startling array of strokes, including two over-the-shoulder-scoops off Naved-ul-Hasan. At Jayasuriya's demise at 50 for 1, he had only made five runs, and Samaraweera's 27-ball 50 proved the catalyst for a dominating Warriors performance.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Any one with a basic knowledge of cricket would say that Tilan samaraweera SHOULD play Test, 50 over and 20/20 cricket for Sri Lanka.He brings Stability to the middle order. He is also a brilliant fielder.It is terrible that he is being cold shouldered!

  • amila on August 19, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    brilliant batting from Thilan.SL selectors should select him for the T20 World Cup squad.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera is an orthodox batsman who is capable of scoring quickly by playing risk-free cricket in short forms of games. We have failed to yield best out of him in short formats of the game. Even now it is not too late and he should be strongly considered in future international engagements since he adds a lot of stability to the team.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    love to watch samaraweera bat in any format

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    OMG. Kapugedara. cant bat cant bowl cant field. why any team want this guy. if this guy cant play against SLPL. wham. you think this guy will be @ our T20 team? I am sure he will.but Maharoof can bat can ball can field not in the team. b cos he is muslim.

  • Dhanusha on August 19, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I don't no why they are not playing SOHAN BORALESSA... 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....

  • lasitha on August 19, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    I remeber when he was brought in to the odi team , evryone was talking about his strikerate being too law and he doesnt suit odi format. Well this is what great players are capable of, amla dravid kallis trott kind of player. I dont think we got the maximum use of this player for ODIs and instead we are persisting with average, hit or miss kind of players like dilshan_ not saying he is the worst but is he good enough to be put in the same class samare,sanga and mahela

  • kosala on August 19, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Great batting by Thilan... He is great for tests and now he shown how capable for T20. Hope selectors give all fair chances.. not drop better players to keep guys like Kapugedara..

  • Malith on August 18, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Samaraweera played tremendously...He proved him self suit for t20 format..but he should keep his form & should have ability to switch to game like Mahela..if he perform this way his experience he can hold the SL middle oder

  • jayan on August 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Its Thilan......just 27-ball for 50 WOW,,

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