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The Report by Andrew Fernando
August 31, 2012
Nagenahira Nagas won the toss and chose to bat v Uva Next
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Nagenahira Nagas won the toss and elected to bat in the SLPL final, on a Premadasa pitch that looked good for batting. The same surface had suited strokemakers three nights ago in Uva's semi final against Wayamba, though on that occasion seam bowlers from both sides had induced movement with the new ball. The pitch is unlikely to have dried out completely since it has rained for most of this week.
Nagenahira are without their first choice wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, who has left the team for national duty and TM Sampath takes the gloves in his stead. Ahmed Shehzad also returns to the side at the expense of opener Udara Jayasundera. In the bowling front, seam bowler Kanishka Alvitigala has been replaced by Dushmantha Chameera.
Uva have got Dilhara Fernando back from injury, but are without Upul Tharanga, who sustained a finger injury while wicketkeeping in their round robin match against Nagenahira on Monday.
Scattered thunderstorms are forecast for the evening.
Nagenahira Nagas: 1 Imran Nazir, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Travis Birt, 4 Colin de Grandhomme, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Angelo Perera, 7 TM Sampath (wk), 8 Suraj Randiv, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Ajantha Mendis
Uva Next: 1 Dilshan Munaweera, 2 Bhanuka Rajapakse (wk), 3 Thilina Kandamby (capt), 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Chinthaka Jayasinghe, 6 Andrew McDonald, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Sameera de Zoysa, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Seekkuge Prasanna, 11 Umar Gul
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