Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 July 21, 2011

Chandimal, Gunaratne carry Ruhuna to win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ruhuna kicked-off the Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Tournament with a convincing 40-run win against Kandurata at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Being asked to bat, Ruhuna put on a competitive 154 for 7, driven by a knock of 63 off 53 balls by Dinesh Chandimal. The chase was off to a terrible start, as offpinner Janaka Gunaratne - who opened the bowling for Ruhuna - and some poor running combined to reduce Kandurata to 4 for 3 in the fourth over. Kandurata didn't recover, slipping to 27 for 5 and 30 for 6, before a rapid, unbeaten 55 from No. 8 Farveez Maharoof carried them to a respectable 114 for 7 in 20.

In the other game of the day at the same venue, Wayamba gained a point against Basnahira by winning a bowl-out, after the match was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.

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  • Mark on July 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Its a shame the SLPL didn't get off the ground. It seems the BCCI wants no rivals to its competition. Scuppered an SLPL cricket comp attempt in Sri Lanka it seems to me. I am sure a stronger SL cricket board would have been able to get the SLPL going. Not all international cricketers in the world are totally happy playing in the IPL or the BCCI's dominance. I am sure if given the opportunity many big stars would've liked a stint in Sri lanka. Why not. Sri Lanka is a great place to come to wether for the cricket or for a holiday.It isn't as vast as India easy to get around the Island. Roads have improved considerably in Sri Lanka in the last 20 years. Even before every part of SL was accessible. I personally think SLPL would have been successful in SL who knows it may have even pipped IPL as a television event. Its a shame it hasn't got off the ground. But it is clear as Sangakkara says SL cricket needs to sought itself out first before it embarks on any Big ideas though well meaning.

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Chandimal is the new star.

  • Rajith on July 22, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    It's chandimal again.hope to see him in against Australia

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