Super 4's T20 tournament 2013 August 14, 2013

Chandimal powers Uthura to consolation win

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Uthura Yellows 158 for 5 (Chandimal 93*, Prasad 2-26) beat Kandurata Maroons 152 for 7 (Kandamby 90, Rambukwella 2-14) by six runs

Thilina Kandamby's 54-ball 90 brought Kandurata Maroons to within touching distance of Uthura Yellows' total, but a nerveless final over from Shaminda Eranga saw Kandurata fall short by six runs. Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal scored an unbeaten 93 from 57 to help Uthura post 158 for 5.

The loss, however, did not have an effect on Kandurata's standings in the table and their second-place finish has given them a place in the final against Basnahira Greens on August 17.

Kandurata's innings was shaped by Kandamby, who had some support from Pabasara Waduge in the early overs. However, none of the other batsmen could manage more than eight runs.

Playing his first match of the tournament, Ramith Rambukwella snared Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne in the middle overs to hamper the chase, and finished with figures of 2 for 14 from his four overs.

Chandimal had hit the competition's only fifty in his previous match and, having had a lean few months in limited-overs cricket, his run in this tournament may signal a return to form. The busy cuts and dabs had returned to his game, as had strokes over the infield that he has struggled to play of late, and though he had two fortuitous top edges that fell into space, he drove the innings along smartly, rarely allowing bowlers to settle against him.

He attacked the pacers to begin with, hitting consecutive fours off Dhammika Prasad in the fifth over, but became more assured against spin as the innings wore on. Ajantha Mendis was struck for successive boundaries, in the 16th over, just after Chandimal had launched legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi over long-on for six. Another six off Mendis finished off Uthura's innings, and those runs would eventually prove crucial in the final tally.

With two left-handers opening the batting for Kandurata, Chandimal opened the bowling with Rambukwella, and had two cheap overs out of the offspinner before Kandamby began his charge. Kandamby struck six fours off ten Chathura Peiris deliveries inside the Powerplay, but regular wickets at the other end prevented him from maintaining that frenetic pace.

Sangakkara and Thirimanne had been Kandurata's best batsmen so far in the tournament, and although Rambukwella made short work of both - taking a return catch off Sangakkara's leading edge, and sliding a quick one underneath Thirimanne's bat - Kandamby continued to progress smoothly.

Kandurata needed only 30 from the last three overs, and though Kandamby made the equation easier with two fours in the 18th over, he was bowled in the next. With 12 runs needed from the final over, it ultimately proved too much for the Kandurata tail, as Eranga delivered six yorkers to seal the victory.

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  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    1000 runs in 1st class cricket i mean ..1700 in School season

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Chandimal is special..His school record is the best ever in SLn history..Only player to score 1000runs in a season for 10 years..youngest to make a hundred in SL..youngest captain..he just needto bat at right place (no3) in ODIs

  • Shamalka on August 15, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Well played Chandimal! Keep playing in domestic matches and please give your place in the T20 national side to someone who could adopt to international level.

  • Sinhhalaya on August 14, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Why does he not demonstrate this "talent" against international opposition? His stats are embarrassing for a SL skipper (especially in the T20 format). Just like Kandamby he is a hero against mediocre local bowling. Ugly hoicks and mows to the leg side do not a batsman make. If he cannot watch videos of Aravinda, Marvan and Mahela, or even Dias and Thilan, and refine his technique, he will become a target for unending derision. Even calorifically challenged Arjuna had better shot selection.

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    chandimal is the best batsman for SL after sanga mahela and dilshan! There is no better batsman than him in domestic level

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