Wayamba v Uva, SLPL, 1st semi-final, Colombo August 28, 2012

Oram stars as Uva upset Wayamba

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Uva Next 171 for 6 (Chanderpaul 50*, Oram 41) beat Wayamba United 151 for 8 (Mahmood 75, Udana 42, Oram 3-16) by 20 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball report

In a match replete with high drama befitting a semi-final, the individual performance of the tournament from Jacob Oram helped Uva Next derail favourites Wayamba United by 20 runs in Colombo. Oram's 17-ball 41 electrified an Uva Next innings that had spluttered to 89 for 5 from 13.5 overs, before he before he overcame a poor start with the ball to gut the Wayamba United middle order with three wickets for 16 from four overs.

Despite being reduced to 27 for 7 in the sixth over, Azhar Mahmood and Isuru Udana put on 120 for the eighth wicket to resurrect the chase, and give some hope to thousands of Wayamba fans who had made the long trip. The required-rate proved too high, however, and Wayamba United ended at 151 for 8.

Such a close contest didn't appear likely after Oram's efforts with bat and ball. He scored 30 of his 41 from sixes, the first of which came stunningly, from a leading edge. He charged Akila Dananjaya and swung across the line, and although the ball spun in the opposite direction to the one he'd anticipated, the heave had enough power to carry it over the ropes at long-off. Oram didn't misread Brad Hogg in the next over though, when he clobbered him high over midwicket for six, nor was he fooled by two consecutive slower balls from Mahmood that he blasted straight. His last six was the best of the lot. The lofted cover drive had once been a hallmark of Oram's batting pomp, and he reprised the shot once more to send the ball into the Premadasa terraces. He should have launched the next ball, into the night as well, but found backward point with a half-hearted stroke to a knee-high full toss.

Oram bled 13 from his first over when he took the new ball, but returned in the second to remove Mahela Jayawardene with one that jagged in off the seam to strike the batsman in front of the stumps, albeit a little high on the pads. Sachithra Senanayake meanwhile had both openers stumped at the other end, though Dinesh Chandimal was the architect of his own demise when he failed to keep his foot behind the line while reaching out to drive the ball. Two wickets in Oram's next over left the chase in tatters, as he removed Shehan Jayasuriya and Abdul Razzaq with consecutive short deliveries, before Umar Gul extended the collapse further with two scalps of his own.

Mahmood and Udana had no choice but to rebuild with caution from the collapse, or risk capitulating altogether. The pair took the score to 57 for 7 by the end of the 12th over before Mahmood launched his offensive, blasting three leg-side boundaries off Charith Jayampathi and hitting 17 from Andrew McDonald's fifteenth over. Jayampathi's next over cost 16 before Udana also began to find the boundary, launching Senanayake into the stands twice in the 18th over to make the requirement that had once seemed impossible, suddenly conceivable, with 34 needed off the last two overs.

Gul's experience in the 19th, though, put paid to Wayamba United's hopes. The batsmen could manage only 8, leaving 26 to get from the last over. They made only four.

Earlier, Chanderpaul had rarely looked for boundaries for much of his innings, choosing instead to collect risk-free runs into the outfield as his team-mates continued to founder at the other end. His 24-ball association with Jacob Oram brought 56 runs, but at the end of that partnership, he had still only made 26 from 30. A string of boundaries, including a huge reverse-swept six, took him to 50 and lifted his side to 171 for 6.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • POSTED BY boxer44 on | August 30, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @Night_Fury I was actually shocked when I caught the game yesterday, that it was a semi-finals match up. I didnt even know the names of the teams , but... Big Giant, Chanders and then Mahmood gave me thrill that I has only previously observed from D.Smith 14 off last 3 balls to win by 1 run. that game (the only one I saw in the tournament) was just as exciting as IPL .Great game hope SLPL continues to grow and profit SL young cricketers. GO CHANDERS!!! Imagine how strong my team is that he's not even considered WCT20 RALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYY :)

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | August 29, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @udendra. you should go and watch the first 3 IPl's. they also had these knockout matches in semis. they only brought the eliminator system on the 4th season of the IPL. this is our 1st season. we can improve that on the upcoming seasons.

  • POSTED BY iknowsports on | August 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    congratz uva!bt i really thought wayamba wld win?!!seriousely u hv 2 start performing....anyway awsm playing by oram!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul proves once again that he can bring stability and victory to any situation and any team anywhere at anytime.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Azhar did great despite his team failure, its a shame that Pakistan couldnt utilise such a great player who is performing brilliantly and consistently in domestic circuit for almost a decade.:)

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | August 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @ Udendra : IPL is always the best

  • POSTED BY Night_Fury on | August 29, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    is any one other than SL ppl even watching this. I watched one game for few mins..empty stadium..boring pitches...what waste...utter rubbisg cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    if national players failed in SLPL then how they perform in T20 WC.WC to be held in same venues.god bless you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Wayamba was wrong planing for opening bats man. They was needed experience bats man played opening.Tamim+Mahela Jayawardene/Azhar Mahmood was need to opening played. Because They ware chasing big score. when this player open the bat, I think wayamba win this match.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    A great win for UVAAAAAAAAAA!!!! as i predicted yesterday, underdogs turned the tables.... MOM Oram "THE GIANT" made the giant difference !!!!!

  • POSTED BY boxer44 on | August 30, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @Night_Fury I was actually shocked when I caught the game yesterday, that it was a semi-finals match up. I didnt even know the names of the teams , but... Big Giant, Chanders and then Mahmood gave me thrill that I has only previously observed from D.Smith 14 off last 3 balls to win by 1 run. that game (the only one I saw in the tournament) was just as exciting as IPL .Great game hope SLPL continues to grow and profit SL young cricketers. GO CHANDERS!!! Imagine how strong my team is that he's not even considered WCT20 RALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYY :)

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | August 29, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @udendra. you should go and watch the first 3 IPl's. they also had these knockout matches in semis. they only brought the eliminator system on the 4th season of the IPL. this is our 1st season. we can improve that on the upcoming seasons.

  • POSTED BY iknowsports on | August 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    congratz uva!bt i really thought wayamba wld win?!!seriousely u hv 2 start performing....anyway awsm playing by oram!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul proves once again that he can bring stability and victory to any situation and any team anywhere at anytime.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Azhar did great despite his team failure, its a shame that Pakistan couldnt utilise such a great player who is performing brilliantly and consistently in domestic circuit for almost a decade.:)

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | August 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @ Udendra : IPL is always the best

  • POSTED BY Night_Fury on | August 29, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    is any one other than SL ppl even watching this. I watched one game for few mins..empty stadium..boring pitches...what waste...utter rubbisg cricket...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    if national players failed in SLPL then how they perform in T20 WC.WC to be held in same venues.god bless you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Wayamba was wrong planing for opening bats man. They was needed experience bats man played opening.Tamim+Mahela Jayawardene/Azhar Mahmood was need to opening played. Because They ware chasing big score. when this player open the bat, I think wayamba win this match.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    A great win for UVAAAAAAAAAA!!!! as i predicted yesterday, underdogs turned the tables.... MOM Oram "THE GIANT" made the giant difference !!!!!

  • POSTED BY Widuror on | August 29, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    nice match to see, although he failed, azar mahamood did great job, sri lankan youngsters should learn to hit bouncers it was clearly seen last match

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    @ Sinhaya - I think, Gayle is in Uva. RCB hasn't qualified for Champions League for which Gayle plays. So it makes way for him to play for Uva in CL, if they win SLPL. Yes, have seen Munaweera's scores, He seems good.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    @ Tanvis Chitnis - Hahaha I being a DD fan was hoping for the same. But as CL T20 is to be held on Fast and Bouncy Tracks of SA. So Warner, KP and Ross Taylor might be give preference over Mahela. And Morkel shall be the 4th overseas player. But it is always good to have someone like Mahela in your squad. He can replace Taylor if latter continuous his horrible form.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | August 29, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    This is why the IPL's semi final system is good and fair. Wayamba lost only 1 league match, but are out of the tournament because of one match!

  • POSTED BY sajhera on | August 29, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Well done Uva,they have to improve the bowling side. Sorry for Bhanuka as he is out of form, sachithra is in great form and must be in T20 world cup instead of Rangana. Jayasinghe and Munaweera is the best option to open in the final.Umpire's decision are very low standard throughout the league.its better to introduce a new review system for SLPL. Good luck Uva next for the final

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | August 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Wayamba United just got unlucky as Delhi Daredevils or Mumbai Indians get in IPL, always winning more number of Round robin matches and go flat in Knock out Stages. Still I was supporting Kadambi, he is leading his team very well, despite of low Profile batting life fot t-20 they pulled of very well. I hope Uva next will crowned Champions of SLPL 1.0

  • POSTED BY Shehan4u on | August 29, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Well done Uva..They were the better team on the day...

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 29, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, when a side is like 27/7 impossible to chase 171. We know that Udana can be a useful hitter down theorder. Uva are quite ok than what you may have thought as they have our new find Dilshan Munaweera and our best off spinner Sachithra Senanayake. Hope Uva can have the foreign players for the CLT20 should they win the finals.

  • POSTED BY RiscoGrande on | August 29, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    bet you oram can't pull this off for nz

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | August 28, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Wayamba getting kicked out at this stage? Cannot believe this. Was this match fixed?

  • POSTED BY K.H.Dushmantha on | August 28, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Great fun with T20 game which completely change by Mahmood & Udana till close end. But Kandambi hardworking captian with many injured players,many other problamtic issues to overcome had courage to win final spot. Good luck for UVA and hope to see Upul Tharanga in action for final game. Cheers!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    I was really shocked when I saw that Wayamba were 27-7. I thought I was seeing things. I really feel for Wayamba and Mahela Jayawardene because they played so well throughout the tournament and were on top of the table but because of one bad day, they just lost their place in the semis. But well played Uva! Wasn't expecting them to come out like this! Looks like they are the underdogs of this tournament! On the bright side, though, Mahela can now play for Delhi Daredevils in the CLT20! Was actually hoping for that. :P

  • POSTED BY dink76 on | August 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Wow, 27-7, what a match.

    Fantastic entertainment and long may it continue for rest of the tournament, though i've only started to watch the tournament would love to see Oram and co' lift the cup.

    Incidentaly Well Done to Hampshire and here's to another final at Lord's

  • POSTED BY Vibhanu on | August 28, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    I commented in the last match Chandimal's innings was a lucky one not an accomplished one.Tosay He proved that again.He should not be in the world cup t20 squad.Also I'd like to add that Andrew Fernando has done lot of mistakes in writing as "Azhar Mahmood and Isuru Udana put on 120 for the eighth wicket - the highest partnership for any wicket in the tournament" and another one about Umar Gul in a previous article.Before the tournement I remember he wrote a negtive article about slpl(I remember one guy commented as "This article actually says, don't watch slpl,It would be very boring") where he didn't pose actual facts either.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    wow that was a crazy match, big oram steal the wayaba show

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Good to see Chanderpaul doing well in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    "Azhar Mahmood and Isuru Udana put on 120 for the eighth wicket - the highest partnership for any wicket in the tournament" Correct this Andrew, Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal put on 176 for 1st wicket in Wayamba's opening match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    I think Wayamba Played good cricket throug ot the tournament and hard to belive their in loosing side.Hats oof to mahela ayya and young Akila Dananjaya .I think Chandimal need do lots better than this and also iam very impresive the form of young chaturanga kumara.these very young fine for lankan cricket in future

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | August 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Wow . Well done Uva . Wayamba looked the sperior team till now but Uva bundled them . Good little spark for SLPL .

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    best team lost today , but well played UVA , hope mathews will to best tomorrow and NN with be in finals with uva .....................

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Good innings from Chanderpaul.

  • POSTED BY Mad_for_Shakib on | August 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    what a day 4 wyamba fan....!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Great knock from Chanderpaul!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    lol feeling for Wayamba. Poor guys ! Dominated The League matches and got knocked out in semi-final ! Exactly same had happened to DD ! Sehwag's team was simply The Best till the last League Match and the rest is history. All big Guns of Wayamba choked - Tamim, Mahela, Chandi, Razzaq (Only Mahmood is there, can he do the impossible ?) Hats off to Oram, you beauty, this guy is BACK. Glad to know that NZ won't be underdogs in upcoming WC T-20 ! I thought, Uva was the most pathetic team of tournament but again it has been proved that in the shortest format of this game, BIG names don't matter much. Cheers ! Enjoy the game.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    lol feeling for Wayamba. Poor guys ! Dominated The League matches and got knocked out in semi-final ! Exactly same had happened to DD ! Sehwag's team was simply The Best till the last League Match and the rest is history. All big Guns of Wayamba choked - Tamim, Mahela, Chandi, Razzaq (Only Mahmood is there, can he do the impossible ?) Hats off to Oram, you beauty, this guy is BACK. Glad to know that NZ won't be underdogs in upcoming WC T-20 ! I thought, Uva was the most pathetic team of tournament but again it has been proved that in the shortest format of this game, BIG names don't matter much. Cheers ! Enjoy the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Great knock from Chanderpaul!

  • POSTED BY Mad_for_Shakib on | August 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    what a day 4 wyamba fan....!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Good innings from Chanderpaul.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    best team lost today , but well played UVA , hope mathews will to best tomorrow and NN with be in finals with uva .....................

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | August 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Wow . Well done Uva . Wayamba looked the sperior team till now but Uva bundled them . Good little spark for SLPL .

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    I think Wayamba Played good cricket throug ot the tournament and hard to belive their in loosing side.Hats oof to mahela ayya and young Akila Dananjaya .I think Chandimal need do lots better than this and also iam very impresive the form of young chaturanga kumara.these very young fine for lankan cricket in future

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    "Azhar Mahmood and Isuru Udana put on 120 for the eighth wicket - the highest partnership for any wicket in the tournament" Correct this Andrew, Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal put on 176 for 1st wicket in Wayamba's opening match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Good to see Chanderpaul doing well in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    wow that was a crazy match, big oram steal the wayaba show