Uva Next v Nagenahira Nagas, SLPL final, Colombo August 31, 2012

Munaweera's knock the difference as Uva claim final

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Uva Next 63 for 1 (Munaweera 44*, Mendis 1-25) beat Nagenahira Nagas 134 for 4 (Mathews 73*, McDonald 2-24) by 19 runs (D/L)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A marauding Dilshan Munaweera trumped an Angelo Mathews special to launch Uva Next to victory in the SLPL, and a Champions League berth, in a rain-plagued final that just managed to eke out the overs required to constitute a full match. Munaweera clubbed five sixes in his 23-ball 44 to leave Uva 19 runs ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis par score after 5.1 overs, after they had hurtled to 63 for 1 in pursuit of 137 from 15 overs.

Following a two-hour rain delay earlier in the evening, the match had already been shortened, but when the second downpour came, it left an already sodden field unusable. The weather frustrated the first full house of the tournament, and spectators had already begun filing out when the match was deemed over, and a lengthy fireworks delay went off in the damp. It was a pity, for the on-field fireworks had the makings of a grand finish to the tournament.

Chasing just over nine an over, Uva bludgeoned at least one six from each of the overs they faced. Mathews perhaps erred by taking the new ball himself and by pushing for wickets, rather than bowling to contain, with the threat of more bad weather looming.

Their opponents meanwhile got their strategy right; attacking from the outset to push beyond the Duckworth-Lewis score. Munaweera strode down the pitch to pound Mathews high over square leg off the third ball of the innings, before leaning back to send Shaminda Eranga over the same boundary next over. A four over point, making room to carve a short ball angled into him, and a six over long off, extended the ballistics, before Munaweera effectively sealed the match with two straight sixes and a four off Mendis in the fifth over.

Mathews had earlier performed a stunning resuscitation on Nagenahira Nagas' stagnating innings, stroking a scintillating 73 from 27. The Nagas were at 48 for 3 from 9.1 overs when the first rains came, but despite a two-hour break in play, Mathews launched immediately after resumption, cracking the offspin of Sachithra Senanayake back over the bowler's head to herald his charge. 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 fly for 17, before Dilhara Fernando was crashed away for 22. 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 short barrage, 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 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

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  • MelbourneMiracle on September 3, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Congrats Uva! Wel played in the Semis and the Finals...Munaweera and Oram won it for Uva!

  • Lakpj on September 2, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    There is a big possibility that Chris Gayle might play for UVA in the champions league, because none of the other franchises he plays haven't qualified for that. It would be a real good chance for UVA to make a big upset in that tournament. With Gul, Oram and 2 good spinners in their side they always have a good bowing attack.

  • FM97 on September 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Congrats Uva, welcome to CLT20 qualifiers. What makes ur win more special is that you'll won without the prescence of the most dangerous batsman in the world - CHRIS GAYLE ! I'm sure Trinidad & Tobago and Hampshire will have a lot to fear against you guys after Gayle comes back in CL.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Munaweera shares birthday with God Sachin. Any indication of greater things to come?

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    This tournament gave so much for SL

  • yoohoo on September 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Low quality tournament, might as well watch domestic cricket instead of SLPL.

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Rain ruined the game. there should be better scheduling

  • Herath-UK on September 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Congrats to UVA for winning the trophy.They are an excellent outfit who now could give a good challenge in the champion league.Hope Munaweera will take his form to the T20 cup too. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • yohandf1984 on September 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Congrats UVA . hope this boost cricket in Uva province . SLPL organizers can be satisfied with overall tournament . It s going to be better and better . Crowd slowly but starts gathering to ground . quality of cricket is good .But there should be reserve days for rain interruptions . Also semi finals should be like in IPL which will give a second chance to superior 2 teams in group stage . Wayamba was dominant and deserved another go . As i hv been telling from the start SLPL matches should be decentralised having few in Hambantota . day match or two in Galle . Or even 1 each game in Welagedara (Wayamba) Radella (Uva) if conditions are ok . that is how to rise fan bases .

  • SusanGonsalez12 on September 1, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Whatever said and done, I personally feel that the inaugural SLPL was a success. The success is in the fact that it brought out into the limelight stars in both batting and bowling, possibly in fielding too.This short for of T20 also made it possible for the new stars to adapt to the ground realities while being alone on the centre stage and pace their batting to a strategy that would have needed fine tuning at every ball of the game.The same would have applied to the fielding side and the captains kept at their wits end.The Final proved this as some analists feel that Mathews should not have bowled himself permitting the new "clobber", Munaweera to light up the stadium on this rain filled night. All round, the success in my opinion is that the event opened up the opportunities and also a pool of talent for various forms of the game of cricket. Many can also take a cue from Jacob Oram. His line and length bowling and the record "dots" are lessons to be learnt in good judgement.

  • MelbourneMiracle on September 3, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Congrats Uva! Wel played in the Semis and the Finals...Munaweera and Oram won it for Uva!

  • Lakpj on September 2, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    There is a big possibility that Chris Gayle might play for UVA in the champions league, because none of the other franchises he plays haven't qualified for that. It would be a real good chance for UVA to make a big upset in that tournament. With Gul, Oram and 2 good spinners in their side they always have a good bowing attack.

  • FM97 on September 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Congrats Uva, welcome to CLT20 qualifiers. What makes ur win more special is that you'll won without the prescence of the most dangerous batsman in the world - CHRIS GAYLE ! I'm sure Trinidad & Tobago and Hampshire will have a lot to fear against you guys after Gayle comes back in CL.

  • on September 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Munaweera shares birthday with God Sachin. Any indication of greater things to come?

  • on September 1, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    This tournament gave so much for SL

  • yoohoo on September 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Low quality tournament, might as well watch domestic cricket instead of SLPL.

  • on September 1, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Rain ruined the game. there should be better scheduling

  • Herath-UK on September 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Congrats to UVA for winning the trophy.They are an excellent outfit who now could give a good challenge in the champion league.Hope Munaweera will take his form to the T20 cup too. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • yohandf1984 on September 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Congrats UVA . hope this boost cricket in Uva province . SLPL organizers can be satisfied with overall tournament . It s going to be better and better . Crowd slowly but starts gathering to ground . quality of cricket is good .But there should be reserve days for rain interruptions . Also semi finals should be like in IPL which will give a second chance to superior 2 teams in group stage . Wayamba was dominant and deserved another go . As i hv been telling from the start SLPL matches should be decentralised having few in Hambantota . day match or two in Galle . Or even 1 each game in Welagedara (Wayamba) Radella (Uva) if conditions are ok . that is how to rise fan bases .

  • SusanGonsalez12 on September 1, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Whatever said and done, I personally feel that the inaugural SLPL was a success. The success is in the fact that it brought out into the limelight stars in both batting and bowling, possibly in fielding too.This short for of T20 also made it possible for the new stars to adapt to the ground realities while being alone on the centre stage and pace their batting to a strategy that would have needed fine tuning at every ball of the game.The same would have applied to the fielding side and the captains kept at their wits end.The Final proved this as some analists feel that Mathews should not have bowled himself permitting the new "clobber", Munaweera to light up the stadium on this rain filled night. All round, the success in my opinion is that the event opened up the opportunities and also a pool of talent for various forms of the game of cricket. Many can also take a cue from Jacob Oram. His line and length bowling and the record "dots" are lessons to be learnt in good judgement.

  • sajhera on September 1, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    congratulation Uva next. Munaweera's knock is outstanding, he will be exciting opener for our national side.Dilhara still show that his bowling is not up to standard.its better to find good under 21 wicket keeper batsman to the side. jacob is outstanding. Unlucky for jayasinghe not play in the final.Wish you luck Uva next for the champion league with Gale.

  • amilag on September 1, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    kc69; we don't care your personal view and each league has its own merits. At the end of the day,what matters is how it has helped to raise the bars of national cricket. In that sense, SLPL among the best. Most important, unlike other leagues, foreign players were given equal opportunities, but still local players are top of the both batting and bowling lists which shows good signs for SL cricket!

  • isurufdo247 on September 1, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    it was a grt final.grt innings frm mathews n munaweera.keep da gud stuff 4 da t20 wc.....

  • kc69 on September 1, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I really agree that Sri Lankan's need to feel proud regarding this tournament completion but frankly speaking this was not at all a success because of the timing of this tournament and also need to make sure all International stars are free(Consult their respective boards for free window regarding internation matches) and also extra days or backup venues at least for crucial matches(i know varying weather is not found in different venues within sir lanka because of size).Overall i would rate Bangladesh Premier League a better event than this one.Again its just my personal view.

  • on September 1, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Munaweera,Akila & Chathuranga Kumara are the finds of sri Lanka....Munaweera & akila fortunate to earn a place..Hope Dilsan-Dilshan pair will open the sri lanka 20-20..It is exiting to see find of anothegood swing bowler in Chathuranga Kumara..He is cabale with bat also..Hope Josaphien alround production will continue..Anjelo,Thisara & Chathuranga......Nice to see Kapu & Udara gain teir natural touches..We may consider them as reserves if Kumar and Kule are not fit...The unfortunate thing was some young talent were not given the fair chances...Kusal Janith,Andy solamans and Nimesh perera are unfortunate to be left out from playing eleven...BRC surprisingly won the local 20-20 tournery mainly due to the talent of Any Solomans and Nimesh Perera..

  • amilag on September 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    WOW! Excellent tournament, short & sweet! Would have been even more wonderful, had the rain not interrupted matches. So many positives to SL cricket and players like Munaweera, Akila, Eranga, Chaturanga Kumara, Kithruwan Withanage, Angelo Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Jayampathi etc are ready to play international cricket. These young talents shall be properly trained and protected and should be given opportunities as much as possible.

    There were more than 35,000 spectators for final I suppose which is a good sign too. SLPL will grow strength to strength in future!

  • on September 1, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Ya I think we found some good talents over this and that's the whole point of this as well..don't know about the income for the cricket board ....but wish all the luck for the next season.

  • chalindu on September 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    This tournament has given srilanka a fare bit of chance to win the t20 world cup

  • on September 1, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    @ Jindal Priyank , yep munaweera in da WC squad....

  • on September 1, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Who is this guy Munaweera ? Has he been selected in SL squad for WCT20 ? He deals only in sixes, baby ! Exciting talent.

  • on September 1, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    v don't care who is the winners of SLPL! we dnt hv any province diferences in Sri Lanka.only thing all Sri lankan cricket fans want is gud preparation 4 world cup.I hope SLPL did it 4 sm extent.Rise of shaminda,comeback of Ajantha,finding akila which strength our bowling attak..and make the way to a explosive opener like munaweera 2 nationla team.bring the form back of national stars...

  • on September 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    it was a great game if not for the rain interuptions planning could have better after seeing how kadurata lost a place in the final without even competing for it in the semis hats off to mathews for his fire works excellent build up for the wc 20/20 and find of the tournament dilshan munaweera has a great oppoturnity have a great career @ international levels if he gets enough exposure while he is in good form lets hope for the best in the team selections

  • on September 1, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    It's still early days SLPL. Great to see new talents. hopefully we'll have a great T20WC. All the best for Munaweera & Akila

  • on September 1, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    All are not Support But UVA and Nagenahira can easy win AIR TEL LEAGUE INDIA ANgelo mathews, Imran Nazir, Dilshan Munaweera, Umar Gul, Jacob Oram, Andrew Macdonalad Big League

  • Udendra on September 1, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Munaweera is the find of the tournament. Given the quality of cricket, they should have accomodated two SLPL teams in CLT20.

  • siriherath on September 1, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    The semis and the finals were a sham due to poor planning. When teams have worked hard to get that far it's a shame and grossly unfair when the winner has to be decided on secondary reasons rather than the performance on the day, when the weather intervenes. Reserve days ought to have been in organiser's minds when having a tournament of this nature at this time of the year. Otherwise. the whole thing become a facade and the value of victories are thereby devalued. None of the crickerters nor the teams who took part doesn't deserve that.

  • siriherath on September 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Though I am impressed with Munaweera throughout the series, can someone (preferably a panelist) enlighten me as to why he was awarded 'the man of the match' over Mathews? It's childish to even think that being in the victorious team has anything to do with it. Munaweera's stats are: 44 23 2 5 191.30 Mathews' : 73 27 8 4 270.37 They were both not out and Mathews had a higher score and a strike rate. So what happened?

  • Sinhaya on September 1, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @ fahad_kashmiri, actually only 2 were full washouts and 5 were rain curtailed. 17 were played in full including the 1st semi finals. Actually we can play cricket non stop during the year in Dambulla, but sadly the venue is now neglected. Bro dont exaggerate the amount of rain interruptions. Majority of the games were completed if you have a through look.

  • on September 1, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Congratzzz, UVA NEXT the champion of the SLPL...........

  • on September 1, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    well done uva I think uva has a good chance in the champions league t20....Gayle & Munaweera rockz.............................

  • QingdaoXI on September 1, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Congratulations Uva next to be crowned as Inaugural Mahindra SLPL Champions. Munaveera, Oram and Mattews were superb, hatts-off to Kadambi for captaining a weak side in very good manner through out the SLPL. Only regret is that SLPL first season will be term as flop due to rain and lack of international stars, but i hope its goes on improving in the future and will have reserve days for Knock-out matches atleast or change the time of tournament.

  • kirikat on September 1, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    People who commenting on rain in Sri Lanka do you have any knowledge on it..... believe me or not It is simply unpredictable.......

  • on September 1, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Munaweera you are very good founder for SL.YOU Prove that becoming leading runs scorer(213) at the end.sixes he stroked are not so easy at that stage by a uncapped cricketer.We hope to see you do it again in WC 20/20.happy to see Anjelo mathives back in to his characteristic form with 73 (27)

  • on September 1, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    gayle won't be playing for uva next.

  • on September 1, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Congratulations Uva next !!!!!!!

  • fahad_kashmiri on September 1, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Its so dissapointent that the sri lankan cricket board had scheduled the slpl in midst of their monsoon season... Most of the matches were wash outs including the semis and the finals. Had so much expectations from it but thoroughly dissapointed. Take a cue from the IPL mates.

  • on August 31, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    this means gayle could feature in the champions league awsome good going even wit out gayle

  • Desihungama on August 31, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the way the whole event was organized. Such a quality Cricket was on display but absolutely zero preparations to ensure a full fledged tournament. I mean C'mon, teams moving on and to a final without having to "actually" play the game and to top it now we have this stop and go, stop n go final with a team lifting the trophy having played 5 overs in a game. Pathetic in my opinion. If they couldn't organize at another time then at least have an extra day or just play the game in a drier region. Very disappointed with the conclusion.

  • on August 31, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Strange that Jacob Oram is not mentioned at all in this article. Four overs 1-13 probably made him man of the match!!

  • ranilranathunga on August 31, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Munaweera u beauty..get him in d SL team soon, we are wasting talent

  • xylo on August 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    It is a shame that the finals was cut short by rain. A reserve day to be factored in in the next edition, maybe? Nevertheless, Uva performed well.

  • on August 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dilshan Munaweer will definitely rock the T-20 world cup....mark my word guys......

  • on August 31, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Congratzzz, UVA NEXT the champion of the SLPL...........

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  • on August 31, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Congratzzz, UVA NEXT the champion of the SLPL...........

  • on August 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Dilshan Munaweer will definitely rock the T-20 world cup....mark my word guys......

  • xylo on August 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    It is a shame that the finals was cut short by rain. A reserve day to be factored in in the next edition, maybe? Nevertheless, Uva performed well.

  • ranilranathunga on August 31, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Munaweera u beauty..get him in d SL team soon, we are wasting talent

  • on August 31, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Strange that Jacob Oram is not mentioned at all in this article. Four overs 1-13 probably made him man of the match!!

  • Desihungama on August 31, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the way the whole event was organized. Such a quality Cricket was on display but absolutely zero preparations to ensure a full fledged tournament. I mean C'mon, teams moving on and to a final without having to "actually" play the game and to top it now we have this stop and go, stop n go final with a team lifting the trophy having played 5 overs in a game. Pathetic in my opinion. If they couldn't organize at another time then at least have an extra day or just play the game in a drier region. Very disappointed with the conclusion.

  • on August 31, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    this means gayle could feature in the champions league awsome good going even wit out gayle

  • fahad_kashmiri on September 1, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Its so dissapointent that the sri lankan cricket board had scheduled the slpl in midst of their monsoon season... Most of the matches were wash outs including the semis and the finals. Had so much expectations from it but thoroughly dissapointed. Take a cue from the IPL mates.

  • on September 1, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Congratulations Uva next !!!!!!!

  • on September 1, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    gayle won't be playing for uva next.