Nagenahira guided by Mathews' blitz
Nagenahira Nagas 134 for 4 (Mathews 73*, McDonald 2-24) v Uva Next
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
A scintillating Angelo Mathews special propelled Nagenahira Nagas to a fearsome 134 for 4 after heavy rain forced the SLPL final to be reduced to 15-overs a side. Mathews stroked a stunning 73 from 27 deliveries, made all the more astounding by the fact that when the rains came at 9.1 overs, Nagenahira had stumbled to 48 for 3, and Mathews only had 1. He launched his onslaught as soon as play resumed, sending Sachithra Senanayake back over his head off the first ball after the delay, and blasted eight fours and four sixes in total.
Uva Next require 137 to win after the Duckworth Lewis adjustment.
Against perhaps the best attack in the tournament, Mathews showcased his improving flair for finishing. Everything short was aimed at the deep midwicket fence, and everything wide, backward of point. The balls in the slot disappeared over long on. A six and a four off Andrew McDonald saw the twelfth over disappear for 17, before Mathews' assault kicked into top gear in the next over, as he crashed Dilhara Fernando away for 22, slower balls and all. Umar Gul did not escape punishment either - his final over went for 17, with two fours pounded square and a massive six over the straight boundary.
Before the rain, Uva peppered the openers with a barrage of short deliveries, and until Gul pitched three consecutive balls slightly fuller in the fourth over, Nagenahira batsmen had few answers. Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad's swipes to the legside veered from awful to mediocre as neither managed the footwork nor the timing to make adequate contact. Jacob Oram embellished his reputation for parsimony at the SLPL, conceding only nine from his first spell of three overs, while accounting for Shehzad after Nazir had been dropped off his previous over.
Nazir had provided the Nagenahira with several blazing starts earlier in the tournament, but struggled to a laboured six from 16 balls in the final. He became the first victim of an Andrew McDonald double strike in eighth over, having his middle stump pegged back after attempting to sweep a length ball from the seamer. McDonald then removed Travis Birt, shortly before a heavy rain and intermittent drizzle forced the long delay.
Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka