Uthura v Basnahira, SLPL 2012, Pallekele

Kapugedera gem downs Basnahira

The Report by Andrew Fernando

August 21, 2012

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Uthura Rudras 156 for 6 (Kapugedera 69*, Farhat 26) beat Basnahira Cricket Dundee 150 for 6 (Rossouw 44, Ekanayake 2-35) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rilee Rossouw top-scored for Basnahira with 44, Uthura v Basnahira, SLPL, Pallekele, August 21, 2012
Rilee Rossouw's 44 for Basnahira Cricket Dundee was in vain © Shaun Roy/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

A stunning 69 from Chamara Kapugedara propelled Uthura Rudras to a compelling first victory, as they overhauled Basnahira Cricket Dundee's score of 150 with four wickets and four balls remaining. The chase seemed kaput when Dillon du Preez walked to the crease at 86 for 6 in 13.4 overs but he helped keep the Rudras' heads above the rising run rate, until Kapugedara launched the winning offensive. Rudras' win means the bottom four teams of the competition are all still statistical possibilities for a semi-final berth.

Kapugedara has been one of the mighty disappointments for Sri Lanka on the international stage, having impressed and been selected for Sri Lanka at a young age, but never having translated talent into results. At the domestic level though, innings like Tuesday's will make him difficult for the selectors to ignore for the World Twenty20. He had ambled to 21 from 22 balls, perhaps because of the clutter of wickets at the other end that left the Rudras with 64 to win from 6 overs and only four wickets in hand. But in the company of du Preez, Kapugedara built quickly to the deluge of boundaries that would win the match. The pair scrambled ones and twos in the 15th over, before Kapugedara smote a four from the 16thand a six over midwicket in the 17th. Still, with 37 required from the last three overs, victory was still a distance away for the Rudras.

The surge to the finish came in the next eight balls. Du Preez crashed a four over extra cover, before giving the strike to Kapugedara, who whittled down a daunting demand to a simple saunter to victory in three mighty blows. The first six off Dammika Prasad flew high and straight. Thilan Thushara then missed his length in the first ball of the penultimate over and Kapugedara blasted it over cover. The charging six over midwicket to bring the rate down to a run a ball was filled with the kind of audacity he has rarely shown at the top level. If he is selected for the World Twenty20 squad, perhaps Kapugedara should take further confidence in the fact that both the bowlers he mauled to turn the game have played for Sri Lanka. The final six to win the game, with one run required off five, was almost obnoxious.

Despite their poor overall record at the tournament, the Rudras' bowling has largely been encouraging. Muttiah Muralitharan has missed the last two matches due to a family wedding in India, but as in the loss to Uva Next on Sunday, the young attack performed creditably in his absence. Madushanka Ekanayake recovered from a poor first over to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan, just as the batsman had greased his innings into motion with a scooped six. Chathuranga Peiris turned in four tight overs of his own, while du Preez was the most economical of the group, going at only 4.25 an over.

Thushara, Rangana Herath and Prasad had bowled well to get their side into a winning position, but Cricket Dundee could not resist the Kapugedara onslaught that now sees them fighting to stay alive in a tournament they had been one of the favourites to win.

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Posted by Inaz on (August 24, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

@Vibhanu:- Hmmm true, I included Mendis because of the stability he could bring into the side with bat, bowl and fielding. have you got any suggestions for a better replacement for Mendis?

Posted by cravin on (August 24, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

Glad to youngsters got opportunities. Our t20 team is missing Kapugadare & Maharoof. Kapu & Maharoof are real match winners when comes to t20, we saw last t20 wc semis. Kapugadare should play ahead of MAHELA,Sanga,Chandimal, Thirimanna etc these players cannot even clear 30 yard circle when situation demand. Raw talent is missing sineour kabbos and accumulators play all test, odi & t20. The reason we won a series aginst PAk, because they bat poorly and Perera & Mathews gem.That's why we cannot win a series after Arajuna & Aravinda left the team.SL missing classy Kapu. T20 WC is boring will be similar to SL first t20 wehere we blown out by Aus for 80+. Thanks to Kapu last t20 we at least reach semis. This wc all depend on SL bowlers Malinga & Mendis, Batsmens real jokers except Pereara & Mathew

Posted by Vibhanu on (August 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

@Inaz:I accept your playing 11.Kapu should be in the team.He is a genuine match winner on his day.There is no one to play in his position.Who else?Chandiamal??Thirimanne?? They barely hit a four in a t20 match.If we can find an alternative for mendis then Srilankan team will be formidable.

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

I think, Dilshan had made a mistake . In this sub-continent pitch, he would give the ball to the spinners (especially `Mahmudullah' who had two overs left and picked up one wicket considering only nine runs in his 2 overs) . Who knows? This trick might work well for Basnahira & they might win the match instead of giving the ball to the pacers who were proved expensive at the end of the match . Kapukedara also agreed to this matter in the presentation ceremony . I hope, Dilshan will think about this point .

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

What is the SL 30 man squad for t20 ? any one know???

Posted by   on (August 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

if some cricketer wants 50 plus matches to get 1 fifty plus score, we can called him as `Kapu` ,that`s the reality of these type of cricketers.Selectors always work hard than player to keep those type of players in playing 11,unfortunately that`s the sub-culture of current SL cricket!!

Posted by tgr999 on (August 23, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

please dont do the same mistake again and again...please dont select kapugedara.. Call him a gem or whatever you like but this article can sometimes can create huge loses to SL in t20 world cup because it supports kapu. He is very inconsistent. When we draw a graph of his performance there will be lots of ups and downs... If he even gets a hundred dont just ignore it because surely next time he will be out for a duck.. If ten games are given to kapugedera he will only make runs only in one of it.. We have know enough of kapu than anyone... If we call him a gem he should be a gem which shines once in a blue moon... How many chances we have given to him.. Nobody learns from the past... Dont estimate players just after seeing them play a game a player's ability is revealed by his strike rate and average.. Not his sixes and fours and etc. Please just ignore this innings of kapugedera.. Dont remind selceters about him and spoil the future of a youngster.

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 23, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

@munaz:- now where consistant thirimanne, kulasekara, ajantha mendis(genuine match winner)

Posted by Inaz on (August 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

My playing ix for the world t20 by batting order; 1)Dilshan 2)D Munaweera 3)Sanga 4)Mahela 5)Kapugedara 6)Mathews 7)Thisara 8)Mendis 9)Eranga 10)Malinga 11)Dhananjaya. If the management decides to bat Kapu below 5 then for the sake of Srilanka cricket please don't pick him. Imagine the start we may get from Munaweera and Dilshan. Any thoughts guys?

Posted by SL_fan_007 on (August 22, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Well done Kapu..! Work more on your consistency & temperament.. SL team needs you.

Posted by sarainSL on (August 22, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

SL doesn't want inconsistent batters that can produce a big innings once in a blue moon such as Jayasuriyas, K'gedaras,... but it does need batters the class of Tendulkars, Amla, Trott, AlistaireC,Kholi, Gambire,... that can deliver goods when its really needed on any surface against any World Class bowling attack. If these latter mentioned batters were SLans for their misfortune, they would have got the same treatment that has been received by Atapatu, Samaraweera, Roy Dias, Ranjan Madugalle from the J&Ps of last 30 years. Though many people aren't aware SL has lost almost every series since 2007 from the day Attapattu removed from the top order. If it had done well it was totally due to its bowlers.SL is a inconsistent team ever since these J&Ps have been in office, because they are unable to distinguish between a quality batter (with controlled strokes) and that it isn't. .

Posted by Great_Lion on (August 22, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

great knock kapu.so i believe selectors will choose him for world t20 because he perform well in t20 for both international and domestic level.sad to talk about banuka rajapaksha's performance.but don't underestimate him.you have no idea that talent is.plz uva give him a another chance to shaw him to what it is.

Posted by Slesh on (August 22, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

i have been a great fan of kapu from long time though every crtisized him..after along time i saw one of the greatest innings of him.no doubt he has the potential.i hope selectors would select him for the world t20. IMO we must have 4 batsmens.Dilshan,Sanga,Mahela n Kapu. 3 all rounders.Mathews,Perera n Jeewan.and 4 main bowlers Malinga,Mendis,Kule n Fernando in the final XI. i personally believe we dnt need Chandimal n Thirimanne in final XI for T20 as the first choice.they should cover Sanga n Mahela.Coz in a T20 only 1 or 2 batsmens willperform.so we dont need lot of batsmens.3 allrounders can cover the other batting slots.hope kapu get a long run in the team and the no 4 postion. In short we should consider about having more all rounders rather than batsmen.

Posted by damith91 on (August 22, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

lot of sri lankans hate kapugedara.bt he is a rare young talent.he should play at no 4.it is the best place for him.he can hithard,bt need to settle down.i thnk he is better than chandimal becse he as power...

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

ppl who think mahamudulah could have changed the match ,u guyz r dreaming...just a gental offspinner.....these bangladeshies think like they world beater...:P

Posted by Juan_Fernando on (August 22, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Hardly. There was a time when Kapugedara was a permanent name in the SL squad. Some seem to have forgotten. One decent knock or two does not make up for inconsistent performances.

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Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

well done kapu.. its meaning lot... great.. u are highly talent player.. now shot selection was realy good.. good to see nice and perfect kapu back.. plz keep going like that... cheers

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@ Abul Hasnat Khan.Aryt i know Mahmudullah could have done better but lets leave him beside.The bowling was very poor from the pacers since the match began. And its not their fault since they are not much experienced . I didnt see any good length at all. & ofcourse hats off to Kapugedera.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Sanjay i dont agree with you

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Kapu should get more chances in international cricket. Unfortunately he was getting very important matches like final/semi final/knockout last few years. How he can show his fine touch of willow with leather if he plays under pressure...Why can't selectors give him chances continuously like Chandimal, Thirimanne & Tharanga. Selectors should not measure talent of a player by putting him important match..if their plans that work then put Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga & Mahela only in final/semi/knockout. I'm sure they won't perform...

Posted by randikaayya on (August 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

It was such a relief to see a confident innings from this immensely talented young man.. I still believe that Mathew, Kapu partnership would be the crux of Sri Lanka's cricketing future much like the Sanga mahela partnership. After being dropped during the 2002/03/04 lean patch Mahela came back to be one of the worlds best performers, so Kapu at 24 can still emulate that. Also he showed that he has a mature head on his young shoulders at the post match interview, saying all the right things. Him, Mathews, Thissara and Lahiru Thirimanne should eb ear-marked for the future and be nurtured, not criticized the moment something goes wrong. And I hope that this tournament has unearthed more talents for the future of SL cricket. Kapu should be given a full test series in which to establish himself as a frontline batsman, not a mere dasher!

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

kapugedara proved is capable of to change a game and answered with bat people who criticized him.I think he should be given more chances in all three format to play in national side.well done kapu.keep it up.I believe he already booked a place in T20 wc final 15.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 22, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

Kapugedara has some talent no doubt about that.But the quality he is missing is consistency.one good performance after ten matches is not enough at international level.Also his batting position in SL team is too low down the order.If he get a chance in world t20 he should bat at no4 or 5 (most suitable no 4) But if he bat at 4 either Chandimal or Sanga has to go down to number 5 with Mathiws and Perera at 6 and 7.Also SL has to utilize Perera's batting ability .So it will very interesting to see how selectors and team handle this situation.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 22, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

It was a good innings, there isn't any question about that but Country needs very consistent players like Samaraweera, that can perform well 4 out of 5 innings played. It was due to ignorance of local authorities & the media players like Jayasuriyas & Kapugedaras have been given too many opportunities than they really deserved. When Jayasuriya had been allowed to play 600 odd International S'weera was given only 160 odd International.Our Cricket authorities have to follow what their counterparts in England & SA do and the kind of players they employ as front-line batters.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Csfund To Chizzlingsouls, before the onslaught from Kapugedara, all Dilshan's bowlers did somewhat well. It was perhaps conducive to the decision that Dilshan had to take - not to play Mahmudullah Riad even having 4.5 economy rate and a wicket from his two overs. Game proceedings from over #15 was suggesting - 'now' Mahmudullah Riyad should get the ball. Further contributing factor for Dilshan was, he knows Mahmudullah Riyad just a little less. Csfund To Chizzlingsouls, you have the right question "What captaincy was going on". Watching the match on telivision, I personally believed, Muahdullah Riad perhaps could check and control Kapugedara's onslaught and the result could have been the other way round!!

Posted by cravin on (August 22, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

In the current SL team there are only 3 players who can win from nowhere (When the defeat is obvious) . Those three players are Mathewe, Perera & Kapugadera. Even Sag & Mahela cannot win when we are chasing, when the run rate goes beyond 6. In 1996 team We had Aravinda & Arajuna who can control the game. But current team only Mathew & Perara can do to a certain extend ey but they bat low down the order. We need a aggrieve talented player on the top, not the accumulators. Its time to giive Kapugara No 4 , he has so much talent, all he need is the confidence. Consistent accumulators are good they will always score runs but the problem is weather they score or not the result will be same. Need talented match winners. After Arajuna & Aravinda left the team accumulation dominate SL team and bat in the top order. That's why we cannot win a series in our own backyard

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

I think when Sanga comes back he should just play as batsman and Chandimal should stay in the 11 as the keeper, but bat at lower down. Kapugedara should only comes to bat when there is a well set batsman in the middle and can rotate the strike with confidence, regardless of 2 down or 3 down or even 5 down....if he play at-least 25-30 deliveries confidently with rotating the strike....then the fireworks can go off in Colombo for days :)

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Kapu please do some more.. you are a talented batsman. Please fight for your position. You should bat before 5. Please demand for it by making use of this opportunity at SLPL. Dont disappointing us again. We all want you in the team. Dear viewers please support. Young talent being wasted.

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 21, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

to be honest i havent seen much of kapugederas batting talent, but today i had a chance to see that. before this game i always thought he gets picked into the senior team because of politics. but he proved me wrong today.boy he got some serious talent. All those shots he played under pressure were very impressive. not many of these current sri lankan batsmen play shots like this. I wont be surprised if he gets picked for the t20 world cup. But if they are going to play him he has to bat at no.4, otherwise he should not play. take a look at todays game he had lots of time to spend in the middle so he played his natural game.

Posted by ranga_s on (August 21, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

Just the Inspiration the tournament needed when it head back to Colombo again....There will be better crowds in Colombo and Surely we can expect packed stadium for Final stage games...Games should have gone from Hambathota, Pallekale & then Colombo....That way SLC would have easily gathered crowds from the very beginning. Poor decision on part of SLC yet applauds for organising the tournament and cricket played in the tournament has been very good.

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (August 21, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

well Thilan was playing good cricket for long time, all format... Not like many other players getting places for as a fervour. Justice should be at least in gentlemen's game.. mean time didn't see Vass playing any game...is he still there?

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 21, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

I think some people previously need to show an apology to the person that said Mahmudullah was in the squad because clearly he was even I was surprised so please guys who criticised to our respective fan, give an apology because clearly you guys were wrong.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

It seems Kapu booked his seat in final 15 of the T20 WC. OH NO. NOT AGAIN

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Mahmudullah Riad who actually was changing the game was given only 2 overs! He is very economical as well. What captaincy was going on LOL

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

well done kapu !!!! you deserve a place in the the final 15

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

That was a complete highlight reel........There's no question about the talent Kapu possesses, it's the lacking consistency that he shows in big match situation. Ever since I saw him hitting a six off Bret Lee in Australia (as a teenager), I have a been a big fan of him... but he has been very inconsistent & disappointing except for a handful of noteworthy performances. What the guy need is to control his temperament when he is at the middle.... Yes It's true that he was given way too many chances to represent the national colors, but without fixing the problem and throwing him out to the middle is not the way to get the best out of him or anybody else like him. Clearly if SLC spend their $$ wisely they could have hired a none cricket coach (Psychologist, life coach etc) to get the best out of the vast talent we have......refine the raw talent we have!!!

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