Kandurata v Ruhuna, SLPL, Pallekele August 20, 2012

Tanvir, Ajmal bowl Kandurata to victory

Three wickets apiece for Sohail Tanvir and Saeed Ajmal tore the guts out of a Ruhuna Royals run chase and handed Kandurata Warriors a 42-run victory, their second in three nights in Pallekele. Chasing a modest 142, Ruhuna were winded by Tanvir's opening spell, before Ajmal suffocated the innings during the middle overs despite a short-lived surge from Shahid Afridi. They also suffered two unnecessary run-outs, and now face the possibility of finishing outside the top four after having begun one of the tournament favourites.

Tanvir was superb with the new ball, as he has been all tournament, as he fired in three venomous overs of swing that yielded him two wickets and cost only three runs. Finch was undone by an inswinger that caught his edge third ball, before Tanvir surprised a struggling Prasanna Jayardene with one that rose sharply and induced a tame bunt that lobbed a simple catch to short cover. In between the wickets, the batsmen could barely get bat to ball.

Ajmal then assumed the mantle of torturing the Ruhuna batsmen, producing his best spell of the tournament. Only Pakistan teammate Shahid Afridi picked his doosra, but even when bowling offbreaks, Ajmal had the batsmen doing just what he wanted. With a short fine leg and a long-leg in place, Ajmal darted one down the legside to Daniel Harris, who promptly accommodated Kandurata's plan by turning it into the hands of Thisara Perera. Ajmal then suffered two mighty sixes at the hands of Afridi, but aborted his rampage with a straighter one shortly after. No. 10 Jerome Taylor couldn't help a heave across the line late in the innings, and missed a ball that would have hit leg stump, and Ajmal claimed his third wicket.

Earlier, Kandurata's innings had stuttered to 142 all out in 19.2 overs after their batsmen had failed to build any partnerships of substance. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera nabbed three wickets, and seamer Imran Khan took two. Jeevantha Kulatunga and Kithuruwan Withanage were the only batsmen to pass 30, and without Tanvir's hitting at the death, the Warriors may never have passed 140.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Arif on August 21, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @Widuror May be you didn't listened to the commentators when they said that "Afridi has let down his team after giving them some hope" when he got out.Someone should ask Afridi to find a Parallel universe where the cricket conditions are such that he can hit a six on every ball.He had the match in his hands,he could have easily taken his team home but his uncontrollable urge of trying to hit a six on every ball makes him a risk in a team rather then an asset.Sometimes i feel that he doesn't play for his team but for himself,to get some fame.He comes on the crease and no matter what the conditions are he always try to hit some big shots,Gets the crowd to cheer for him & if it's his day then he will take the team home,If not then he doesn't care getting out & leaving his team for defeat.

  • imtiaz on August 21, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Wow its amazing, so many pakistani r playing in the Slpl and all r n a great touch, best preparation for wt20 nd a real chance to win it. Cm on pak:-)

  • Rohantha on August 21, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Fantastic spell by Tanvir, also an excellent performance by Kithruwan with the bat and behind the stumps. They would have gone with the youngster for the MoM for encouragement sake.

  • Adil on August 21, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    What a superb spell from tanvir,he was breathing fire,which had d opposition on the mat.this is a good sign for pakistan in the upcoming t20 world cup.he's also a handy bat just should be consistent throughout wish his luck..

  • Widura on August 20, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    nice to see boom is in form. i think this the best match so far

  • Lakmal on August 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    The MoM should be Tanvir for his spell.Which idiot selected Kithruwan for that? A blind-folded guy may be....

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Proud of you Khan!!! Keep up the good work.

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