Wayamba v Basnahira, SLPL, Pallekele August 19, 2012

Kamran Akmal fifty takes Wayamba to top

Wayamba United 165 for 9 (K Akmal 65, Langeveldt 3-36) beat Basnahira Cricket Dundee 98 (Weeraratne 3-11, Dananjaya 2-15) by 67 runs
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Kamran Akmal's second half century in three matches and a stifling bowling performance carried Wayamba United to their third consecutive victory, as they crushed Basnahira Cricket Dundee by 67 runs in Pallekele. Kaushalya Weeraratne took 3 for 11 from 3.1 overs, while Akila Dananjaya again turned in impressive figures; his four overs cost 15 runs and brought him two wickets.

Cricket Dundee began well enough in pursuit of 166, but could not prevent the fall of wickets once the initial breakthrough was made. Tillakaratne Dilshan was removed for 9 by Azhar Mahmood in his first match of the SLPL, before Mohammad Hafeez caught Dimuth Karunaratne off his own bowling to expose the middle order to Weeraratne and Dananjaya. Cricket Dundee were perhaps guilty of allowing a rising required-rate to fluster them too much, but even when slight release came in the form of a boundary, the Wayamba United bowlers returned fire with a spate of dot balls or a wicket. Cricket Dundee were eventually dismissed for 98 in 19.1 overs.

Earlier, Akmal had crashed four boundaries from his first seven legal deliveries to set the evening alight in front of the first decent crowd of the tournament. Two fours to midwicket off a wayward Dirk Nannes and two crisp strokes through cover propelled Wayamba United to a rapid start, before Tamim Iqbal launched a quartet of fours of his own at the other end, and then holed out attempting a straight six. Akmal was busy, rather than explosive, following the initial surge, but dined out on the poor balls from time to time, to ensure his strike rate remained around 140 for the duration of his innings.

His teammates, meanwhile, were dismissed too regularly for Wayamba United to turn a strong start into an imposing total. Hafeez and Mahela Jayawardene both got starts, but could not build a partnership of substance along with Akmal, while Dinesh Chandimal's abysmal form saw him squander a promising beginning as well. Charl Langeveldt bagged three scalps for 36 in four aggressive overs, while spinners Jeevan Mendis and Rangana Herath helped stem the run-rate through the middle passage.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    zinuk222^ what are you talking about??? Mahmudullah is not even in the Basnahira squad. I think Tamim should more contributive rather than being plain aggressive. A streak of 0,18 or19,20s score wont get him anywhere. The condition was as such that he could've easily relied of timing and placement to get boundaries rather than forcing them. I mean all he did get were 4s after playing those forceful, albeit exciting shots. But boy - Wayamba is an exciting team to watch or what.

  • Sam on August 20, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    zinuk222^ what are you talking about?? Mahmudullah is is not even in the Basnahira squad. But yeah, tamim must be a little more circumspect. a constant streak of 18,19,20s scores wont get him anywhere. when the conditions are as such, he shouldv relied on timing and placement rather than forcing it. I mean all the forceful shots brought him only 4s anyway.

  • Hafiz on August 20, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @zinuk222---how do u know that mahmadullah is going to play.

  • Ariful islam on August 19, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Wayamba is a good side they are favourite also. Azhar mahammud should bat higher, then their batting line up will be more solid and aggressive. Tamim is playing in right way targeting first 6 overs,this is the tamim we all known and was missing last 1 year. Another BD player Mahammudullah riad will play next two match for Basnahira.

  • Tauseef on August 19, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is the best wicketkeeper in the world after Adam Gilcrist.Best answer to those who drop him after world cup.Keep it up kamran,God Bless U.

  • Hafiz on August 19, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    tamim and kamran are the best openers in slpl

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Tamim was way way over aggressive, should've taken his time. I just hope he doesn't do that come World T20 because the chances of him getting out will be high if you play like that. Wayamba or Nagas looks favourite to me to win SLPL.

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