Ruhuna Royals v Uva Next, SLPL 2012, Pallekele August 21, 2012

Seekkuge Prasanna spins Uva to third win

Uva Next 155 for 6 (Tharanga 48, McDonald 28*, Riaz 3-34) beat Ruhuna Royals 141 for 9 (Riaz 31*, Prasanna 4-19, McDonald 2-16) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Seekkuge Prasanna spun a canny spell that reaped four for 19, as the Ruhuna Royals suffered their second failed chase in two nights, succumbing by 14 runs to Uva Next.

Wahab Riaz injected late excitement, after the Royals' appeared to have run aground at 119 for 8 from 18.1 overs, in pursuit of 156. But despite a first-ball 6 and three wides, 30 from the final over was never likely to be hauled in, particularly with Lasith Malinga for company at the other end. Andrew McDonald also contributed a miserly spell of 2 for 16, having already made 28 from 14 at the tail-end of Uva Next's innings.

The openers had already been dismissed before Prasanna's introduction, but in two overs, he'd struck thrice and effectively derailed the chase. The Pallekele pitch offered more grip and bounce than on previous evenings, and it was the latter that defeated Aaron Finch as he top-edged a cut into the keeper's gloves off Prasanna's second ball. The googly accounted for Lahiru Thirimanne two balls later, as he shaped to pull the legbreak, but could only lob it back to the bowler when the ball spun the other way.

Prasanna continued to mix his variations cleverly, and was only sent to the ropes twice. Both times, he dismissed the assailant next ball. The Royals attempted to hit out several times, but with Prasanna and McDonald giving them few bad balls at either end, boundaries were not forthcoming, and the run rate flagged while wickets fell.

Uva Next had progressed slowly for much of their innings, but they did it with wickets in hand, and when the crescendo came, it proved adequately forceful to set a challenging total. Upul Tharanga was the innings' anchor, as he collected a 40-ball 48 that showcased an array of easy offside drives once more. He went at close to a run a ball to begin with, but gathered speed towards the middle with three fours in four balls off Wahab Riaz.

Shoaib Malik combined with Tharanga for a measured 58-run stand, but when both batsmen fell within three overs, McDonald's cameo provided the late acceleration, lifting Uva Next to 155 for 4.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    when u will give rest to the player who is in form SHAHID AFRIDI then how can u expect to win.... in their last game he was the only person to perform from ruhuna royals side....

  • sajan on August 22, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    kapugedara performed after very very long time but still not in good knick.Uva Next and Wayaba are the favourites for this tournament.kamdambi, jayampathi and chadrapole must replace for the future games.where is Chaminda Vass who is in initial squad? anybody knows? will see exciting matches in next few days.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Kapugedara replied well for critics.if you did not watch the repeat telecast. '

  • Ranga on August 21, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Slowly SLPL becomes an eye catcher....Must say...get rid of trying to be a duplicate IPL and this tournament will go a long way.....Standard of cricket is good and it will only get better as the young players get used to big arena. Focus on Cricket and SLPL will win the hearts of the cricket fans around the world.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Anyone figure out Shoaib Malik was trying to do? He just stood there.

  • No featured comments at the moment.