Super 4's T20 tournament 2013 August 14, 2013

Kulasekara powers Basnahira to final

Basnahira Greens 120 in 17 overs (Rupasinghe 32, Dilshan 2-20) beat Ruhuna Reds 111 for 9 in 17 overs (Dilruwan 24, Kulasekara 3-4) Scorecard

An early rolling collapse did not prevent Basnahira Greens from progressing to the Super Fours final, as they defended a modest total to defeat Ruhuna Reds by nine runs at R Premadasa Stadium. Basnahira were 89 for 8 in the 14th of a 17-over match, but regrouped at the death through Kosala Kulasekara and Isuru Udana to post 120. Their bowlers then tied down a dangerous Ruhuna top order, and though the tail briefly threatened to revive the chase, Ruhuna eventually ran out of steam.

Opener Gihan Rupasinghe provided the impetus for Basnahira's innings, with a 25-ball 32, but his team-mates did not aid his work, as they fell cheaply around him. Dilshan Munaweera was dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the first over, before TM Sampath was dismissed by his brother - TM Dilshan - after a promising 15.

Angelo Mathews' woeful run with the bat got no better, getting out for a duck after having made one run in each of his previous matches, but the slide was eventually arrested by Kulasekara, who hit an unbeaten 28. He and Udana managed to score at just over 10 in the last three overs, to lift their side to a defendable total, despite having to contend with Malinga, who finished with two wickets for 21 from his four overs.

Ruhuna's batsmen stalled against Sachithra Senanayake, who opened the bowling, as both Dilshan and Kusal Perera failed to find their customary early boundaries. They both fell cheaply, but the men to follow were no less inert. Jehan Mubarak fell first ball to Mathews, who had also dismissed Dilshan, before Angelo Perera and Yashoda Lanka departed in quick succession, to Kulasekara. Dilruwan Perera stood for some time at no. 3, making 24 from 34 balls, but by the 13th over, the Ruhuna chase was in tatters, at 68 for 7.

Kaushalya Weeraratne and Seekkuge Prasanna both made quick twenties, and almost gained the advantage in a 37-run eighth-wicket stand, but although they managed to get within 16 runs of the target with 10 balls to go, they perished searching for the boundaries that would have swung the game in their side's favour.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sandip on August 15, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    A genuine comments which comes from deep cricket lover's heart can't be hatred. Only such person can write micron level things which don't matter for the fans who lives in fantasies only. The world have watched the difference of qualities of the two teams SA & AUS most recently with the absence of reserves to fill their senior's shoes. Retirement of Ponting, Hussey, Gilly, Hyden & Mcgrath hurt badly AUS. The injuries to Smith, Amla, Styen paralyzed the SA in SL tour. One injury & one out of form to the seniors will blow the future of SL. Prema1948 is correctly emphasizing the importance youth & quality cricket that has been missing since retirement of T. SAMARAWEERA.

  • Buddhika on August 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    @ yohandf: youngers play well even in SLPL "Sanga,Dil,Mahi,Chani,Thri" already book their place wheather they play well or not selector's don't remove young players disapointed Kithruwan is better than Sanga,AngeloP is beter than Mahela how mathews win matches without any of 35+ we can win T20 with out 35+ 3 have u seen any team 35+ playing in T20'S

  • Yohan on August 15, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @ Prema - your hatred will not make anything better . the team who r plying are the best arround . youngsters need to press getting centuries after centuries or continuous 5 wicket hauls in domestic seasons. then they ll get opportunity and hv to capitalize . player need x factor to be success in international arena . See Jehan Mubarak or Thilina Kandambi . both get load of runs in domestic matches but big time flops in internationals . But Kumar Sangakkara was not prominent in domestic but have x factor to be a big thing in internationals . So lets not bash these guys and try to find good replacements.

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    While Basnahira has the very ordinary side compared to others the team work and good twenty 20 captaincy of Mathews has seen the side to the finals. I think Angelo is turning into a very good captain and his bowling improving all the time. The writer fails to state how Angelo got dangerous Dilshan and Mubarak out in the same over and kept scoring to a minimal. As usual he view a match with colored glass all the time.

  • Chatty on August 15, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Prema1948: What a load of rubbish you have said here. Are you suggesting that there are some players of exceptional quality out there, getting no opportunities? That's complete nonsense. If there were such players, they would have been spotted, if not by the selectors, then by some of the current players. People like Mahela and Sanga are great at spotting talent. So, please stop spewing nonsense. In fact, many of these players in the domestic circuit with inflated statistics will get nowhere in international cricket. Their stats are inflated because of the mediocre standards of domestic cricket.

  • Sarath on August 15, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    recent past that is totally due to our quality bowlers the likes of Murali,Malinga,Ajantha,…but not for the reckless batting of legends(as per local media). If you had called these reckless inconsistent (at times failed 15-25 times at a stretch on foreign soil) batters legends how would you describe the class of Bradman,Hamonnd,Grahame Polocks,Miandads,Tendulkars,Greig Chappels, … that can win matches all by themselves on any surface under any weather condition. As an ardent fan I strongly recommend to remove all these legends (batters & non-spinning spinners) and pick a team among quality players that have been maintaining consistency since their age of 15. (One may check stats any good website like CRicinfo)

  • Sarath on August 15, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    This method of giving preference to reckless hitters (that have no proper control over their stroke play) over quality was crept into the minds of J&Ps with appointment of the 1st foreign coach after receiving the Test status. Even after present success of England, SA & India experiencing with their batters known for controlled stroke play, the J&Ps and the local media are yet to realize the importance of employing proven Schoolboy & other Domestic batters at the top. There is no hope for such quality batters, as long as these Jokers are in office. If had any chance the batters the likes of Amla,Bell,Trott,Cookes,Roots,Dhawans,Kholis… were born in SL they wouldn't have got opportunities to taste International Cricket since they are pure batters. Mathews & Chandimal were able to get into the Team solely because of their all-round capabilities but still their coming into prominence has been blocked by employing them as lower-order batters. If we have had any successes in the 2bCNTD

  • Sarath on August 15, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    It is the batters the quality of young Prabasara Waduge that is needed to represent the Country at the highest level. With such batters with lightening reflex, that has been stroking the ball all along the ground, all around the wkt and the ball always hitting right in the middle of the bat, the opposition bowlers have no loop holes to penetrate in. it is such batters only could demoralize any bowling attack on any surface but not the kind of batting we have been experiencing for the last 25 years with those so called legends that yet to master those above skills. However it is disgusting to learn the J&Ps have had a great disliking for such brilliant batters which had caused many a such brilliant batters( Tennekoone,Dias,Madugalle,Mahanama,Hashan,Attapattu,Samaraweera & still many others with brilliant school careers never got opportunity to represent the Country) to retire earlier than they really wanted to.2bCNTD

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