Kandurata Maroons v Basnahira Greens, Super 4's T20, Colombo

Kandurata make it to Champions League T20

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

August 17, 2013

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Kandurata Maroons 113 for 3 (Tharanga 32, Lokuarachchi 26*) beat Basnahira Greens 109 for 7 (Mathews 53*, Kulasekara 3-19) by 7 wickets
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Nuwan Kulasekara is elated after picking up Henry Davids, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota, August 4, 2013
File photo - Nuwan Kulasekara's figures of 3 for 19 unsettled the Basnahira top order © AFP

Kandurata Maroons will represent Sri Lanka in the Champions League T20 qualifiers next month in India, after they overcame a meandering Basnahira Greens by seven wickets in the Super Fours final. Kandurata had been the best side of the tournament, having won their first two matches, and in this game accomplished what no other team had done before - win a match batting second.

Nuwan Kulasekara's early wickets formed the bedrock of the victory, as Basnahira failed to muster a counterattack, despite an unbeaten 53 from Angelo Mathews. With only 110 to chase, Kandurata's batsmen were rarely tested, and cruised to the target with three overs remaining.

Mathews arrived in the sixth over after three wickets had already fallen, and with more team-mates deserting him soon after, he launched his lonely restorative effort at a mild pace. Kaushal Lokuarachchi's spell was treated with particular reverence, with neither Mathews nor his middle-order colleagues venturing a jaunt down the pitch to counter his disciplined legbreaks. Lokuarachchi conceded only 11 runs from his full quota, and Ajantha Mendis commanded similar respect in his first three overs, in which he gave away only 10. Between the fifth and 17th overs, Basnahira struck only one boundary, taking few risks against a tight Kandurata bowling performance, but were so paralysed by their restraint, they failed to hit even poor balls to the fence.  

Mathews managed two fours off Mendis' last over, which cost 13, and hit a six in the penultimate over of the innings before completing his fifty in the last, but having dismissed both Basnahira openers in his first spell and taken another wicket in his second, Kulasekara finished strongly to keep Basnahira to 109 for 7. His three wickets cost him 19 from four overs.

Kandurata's openers began swiftly in response. Basnahira had hit only six fours in total, but Upul Tharanga and Thilina Kandamby had already eclipsed that tally in the fourth over, when Tharanga hit three successive boundaries off Isuru Udana. Kandamby departed soon after, but had helped whittle off more than a third of the target when he left, before Kumar Sangakkara continued in a similar vein as his replacement at the crease.

Sangakkara was dropped on 17, but was dismissed for 21, one over after Upul Tharanga had also fallen. The double strike came too late for Basnahira, however, who only had 34 more to defend with eight overs remaining. Lokuarachchi and Lahiru Thirimanne took the chase home with a flourish.

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Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

Prasan Wijesinghe - Mathews had the weakest team on paper in the tournament. So bringing them so far can only be attributed to the team spirit and his captaincy.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Once again showed poor captaincy of Mathews. As did in champions trophy semi finals he use more balls for coming back to form and fall well short of competitive total. Its shame that Mathews scores but matches are lost without fight. Overall batting form of SL players not looking good for future.

Posted by yohandf on (August 17, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Kandy Maroons is a decent unit . Sanga , thiri , Tharanga , Kandambi in batting . Mendis , Kula , Prasad in bowling and 2 loku s as all rounders . 7 of them played test cricket and 2 guys played ODI s . So they should atleast get to main competion by their standerd . But lets see . Hope Sanga and Kula wont get picked by Sunrisers & CSK .

Posted by Superman121 on (August 17, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

@ the beginning of the tournament, Just as I predicted, Kandurata became the Champs... Weldone Thirimanne and the Team... This unit was the best suited to win the competition and they didn't disappoint me...

Posted by yohandf on (August 17, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Quickly arranged this tournament ended only choosing a team for CLT20 but without earning benefits to Sri Lanka cricket . Selection of players to 4 teams was done by board and was illogical . Had lots of aging players whom would never play T20 international for SL (Kandambi , Kaushal , Loku s ) instead they would have included more 20-27 youngster who hv potential to represent national side ( Bhanuka , Ashen silva ) . there was almost no players from repective provinces like Kandurata & Uthura or even Waymba . they should have had a provisional cap (minimum no of players) and under 19 cap . I dont SLPL anyway . please devolop this tournament with 6 teams and more young , regional palyers . Good luck Kandurata Maroons . want you guys to enter main tournament .

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