Wayamba v Ruhuna, SLPL, Colombo August 26, 2012

Wayamba knock Ruhuna out of SLPL


Wayamba United 162 for 7 (Chandimal 75) beat Ruhuna Royals 148 for 9 (Thirimanne 40*, Kumara 2-17) by14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ruhuna Royals crashed out of the SLPL with a 14-run loss to Wayamba United, after Dinesh Chandimal shook off a poor run of form with a 54-ball 75. The loss means Nagenahira Nagas will join the three teams already qualified for the semi finals, and Nagenahira's match tomorrow night against Uva Next will simply decide who will face top-placed Wayamba in the semis. 

Chandimal played in Tamim Iqbal's slipstream in the opening overs, as Tamim supplied the start Wayamba had grown accustomed to when Kamran Akmal was still in the country. Tamim hit three sixes and two fours in his 36, and the pair took a particular liking to Wahab Riaz, whose second over disappeared for 19.

Chandimal was fortunate early in his knock, edging past the keeper twice, but grew more confident as the booming drives and thrashed cuts returned. Chandimal rarely attacked good length, but was quick to punish short deliveries as he regularly beat the sweeper on the on-side. He fell in the sixteenth over with his side eyeing a score in excess of 170, at 132 for 4, but three quick wickets and a terrific final over from Riaz allowed Wayamba merely a challenging total, rather than an intimidating one. 

Aaron Finch and Daniel Harris began the chase at a canter, making 21 from the first two overs, but Ruhuna ran aground shortly after, as they lost six wickets for 34 in the next seven overs. Isuru Udana and Brad Hogg took one wicket apiece, while Abdul Razzak recovered from a poor first over to nab Chamara Silva and Mohammad Ashraful in his next two. Twenty-year-old medium pace bowler Chathuranga Kumara embellished an already striking SLPL campaign with a double strike in his first over, and a miserly four over spell, before Brad Hogg contributed four cheap overs of his own. 

Lahiru Thirimanne remained not out on 40, having taken apart Akila Dananjaya, who collected his first poor figures of the tournament, but Ruhuna could not find a batsman who could stay with Thirimanne to make any meaningful charge on the target.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • Lakmal on August 27, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Where is Vaas?.Why isn't he given a single game? Chaminda Vaas is a Legend.He should not be disrespected this way. Disappointed alot!

  • kosala on August 27, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    What happen to Vass? Mahela don't want to give him a a chance?

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    take this.. 1.tamim.2.warner3.watson.4.kohli 5.jayawardene 6.dhoni.7. shakib 8..albie morkel/pollard 9.malinga 10.steyn.11 sunil narine..

  • Jawwad on August 27, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    My XI- 1.GAYLE 2.Tamim 3. Jayawardene 4.SHAKIB 5.AB De Villiers 6.MS Dhoni 7.DJ Bravo 8.T.Perera 9.Steyn 10.Malinga 11.NARINE Any changes?

  • Mahafuz on August 27, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    I was a bowler in my playing days and still enjoy good bowling over best batting....so I will go with a heavy bowling attack t20 side..1) Gayle, 2) Jayawardane, 3) Kalis, 4) Shakib-Al-Hasan, 5) MS Dhoni (C), 6) Pollard, 7) AB Morkel, 8) Styen, 9) Malinga, 10) Azmal, 11) Narine......I have two mystery spinner with an irritating conistent left armer..and if the pitch is assisting spin....Gayle can ball.....I have four genuine fast bowler (trust me kalis can be really fast if he wants) with pollard as a slow medium......you can beat my batting but not bowling......@MendiS_Forever....good one body....hahahahah

  • josh on August 27, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I may be an aussie but ihave loved following this SPL good preperations for the T20 world cup my best international team would be 1)C.Gayle 2)D.Warner 3)T.Iqbal 4)J.Kallis 5)M.Hussey 6)M.Dhoni(c&wk) 7)D.Bravo 8)S.Afridi 9)D.Steyn 10)L.Malinga 11)S.Narine :)

  • Vibhanu on August 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Chandimal innings was a lucky one.Few edges found the boundry.Even Trever Bellis said that chandimal didn't find the middle of the bat most of the time and everything had gone his way.Also what happend to Dhananjaya.24 runs in a one over hit by number 10 th batsman.It's good to experience brave flight doesn't always do you a favour.He seemed over confident and that over will do him a lot in a good way in the future.

  • Axe on August 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @ Ashik Hmm that seems interesting :P Take this. 1) Watson 2) Jayawardene 3) Kohli 4) David Hussey 5) Yuvraj 6) M. Hussey 7) Dhoni 8) Vettori 9) M. Morkel 10) Malinga 11) Narine. How's that ? :P

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    1. Gayle 2. Shewg 3. Virat Kohli 4. Jayawardane 5. Mike Hussy 6. A. Morkel 7.MS Dhoni 8. Thisara 9. Bollinger 10. Sunil Narine 11. Lasith Malinga.

  • Lakmal on August 27, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    1.Sura-pappa 2. Jim-pappa 3.veda-pappa 4.Galpaatha 5.Boralugoda 6.Kawuda-boy 7.Dangayaa 8. Ben-ten 9. Casper 10. Gulliver 11. Tom/Jerry - Beat this team!

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