Nagenahira v Uthura, SLPL, Colombo August 26, 2012

Nagenahira loss opens door for Ruhuna


Uthura Rudras 149 for 6 (Kapugedera 43, Eranga 2-32) beat Nagenahira Nagas 134 for 9 (de Grandhomme 43, Naved 3-21) by15 runs
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Nagenahira Nagas left the door open for Ruhuna Royals - who play top-placed Wayamba United in a must-win match today - to usurp them in the top four, after succumbing to a 15-run defeat to Uthura Rudras in Colombo. Chamara Kapugedera struck 43 from 32 to take Uthura to 149 from their 20 overs, before Naved-ul-Hasan bowled his best spell of the tournament to derail Nagenahira's chase.

Nagenahira lost five wickets for 40, and were never able to build any fluency into their innings, despite a valiant 43 from Colin de Grandhomme in his first appearance in the SLPL. Angelo Mathews was unlucky to be run out off an Udara Jayasundera straight drive that flicked the bowler's fingertips on the way to the stumps, but several of Nagenahira's batsmen were guilty of throwing away their wickets to poor shots. Ahmed Shehzad was caught heaving across the line, before Travis Birt danced past a straighter one from Jehan Mubarak that hit the top of middle stump. Needless run outs compounded Nagenahira's woes as both Mushfiqur Rahim and Angelo Perera charged down the wicket when a run was not on offer. Suraj Randiv and Ajantha Mendis continued swinging at nine down, but 42 from the last three overs was always going to be beyond the pair.

Kapugedera's second strong performance in two matches underpinned Uthura's innings, after he had missed out on selection for Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 squad earlier in the week. Arriving at 57 for 3 after 8.4 overs, Kapugedera was assured from the outset - striking two boundaries from Saroj Pathirana's tenth over. His teammates, though, continued to flounder at the other end. Despite Kapugedera's lively progress, Uthura's scoring rate had dipped below 6.5 by the end of the 14th over. Farveez Maharoof came and went attempting to boost the rate, but managed only 12 from 14, before Kapugedera took it on himself to provide the late charge. He made 18 from his last 8 balls to propel Uthuras towards 150, before departing in the penultimate over.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Some time Kapu will be included like chamara Silva - worl cup final mach...

  • Jeyan on August 27, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Well done Kapu. Surely it will be proved that the selectors did a huge mistake by omitting him. He undoubtedly deserved his place in the final 15. Damn decision. Kapu is very much capable than Lahiru & Dinesh in the format of T20.

  • Vibhanu on August 27, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Chandiamal's innings was a lucky one.But Kapu's innings,it was a classy one

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Amusingly Nagenahira's best partnership was the unbroken stand of 37 between Randiv and Mendis for the last wicket.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    well done kapu.. we are with u... so unlucky not in 15 wc 20 , chandimal-17.12,06,09,75,(s/r 113), tirimanne34,23,11,07,40 9s/r 100) munaweerra 21,26,36,17,(s/r 138), they all selected.. kapu..38,4,4,20,69*,43 with 7 sixes.. s/r 143... ????? selectors what u doing...

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    i still wouldnt have picked him lol

  • Dian on August 27, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Kapugedera omission going to pay us in bigtime for sure, the people who love cricket and knowledgeable easily know what he is capable of, irrespective of his failures in ODI's not in test cricket as he has played only 9 test matches.

    He would have been the easy pick when it comes to selection of the squad of 15, and no matter a knowledgeable selector, would Kapu's name as the first choice after the captain, then comes, tissara, angie and then goes on.

    Lahiru and Dinesh, who are good players in the ODI format, are not good compared with a player in the calbre of T20, just saw the match against Banahira and yesterdays one against Nagenahira, no one had able to play innings as such, apart from mahelas 96 and chandi's 75.

    Lahiru has got only one 'SIX' and chandi has no sixex, in the entire tournament, and KAPU had hit 7 sixes in the entire tournament, coming low down the order, easily unfair, and the ODI matches he had played, also had been very unfair, as he comes so low down the order

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    well played kapu u will be missed in the WC in big time

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    welldone Kapu you made a strong statement for the selectors i was watching almost all the matches .. none of the playes had a good time with the bat except mahelas 96 and chandimals 72 the rest them are very inconsistant ..anyway best of luck for srilanka in coming 20/20 world we will be playing in same pitches

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    well played kapugedara..miss you in t20 world cup..

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