SLC Super 4's T20 tournament June 27, 2014

Kosala Kulasekara powers Troopers to big win

ESPNcricinfo staff

An unbeaten half-century from Kosala Kulasekara laid the platform for Western Troopers to beat Yaal Blazers by 44 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Troopers were 101 for 5 in the 15th over, having just lost Kithuruwan Vithanage for a 31-ball 44, when Kulaseara walked in. He proceeded to smash an unbeaten 23-ball 54, with three fours and four sixes, to power Troopers to 165 for 8.

In reply, Blazers never really got going, apart from a 63-run fourth-wicket stand between Sahan Wijeratne and Chamara Kapugedera. But they lost both batsmen in successive overs to slip to 95 for 6 in the 14th over. They never recovered, and were eventually all out for 121, with offspinner Maduka Liyanapathiranage finishing with figures of 3 for 4.

Upul Tharanga's 59 propelled Udarata Rulers to a seven-wicket win over Southern Express in the second match of the day. Chasing 142 to win, Rulers reached their target with 16 balls remaining. Tharanga struck 10 fours and a six in his 34-ball innings. After his dismissal, Shehan Jayasuriya kept the chase ticking along with an unbeaten 31-ball 37, and finished the match in the company of Thilina Kandamby, who remained not out on 18.

Having chosen to bat, Express lost two early wickets before Danushka Gunathilaka helped them recover by scoring a 46-ball 54. No one stayed long enough with him to forge a big partnership, and Express steadily lost wickets to be bowled out with one ball remaining. Medium-pacers Dilhara Lokuhettige, who took three wickets, and Asela Gunaratne, who took four, were Rulers' most successful bowlers.

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  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    i can understand this tournament is for send a team for clt 20 but the point i was made is this is not a good time for a tournament such as this because sl is in brink of a tuff tour. south africa is no 2 test side so even srl play at home they need to practice well and all the players need to be 100% fit .that is why i made a point this is not good time for a tournament like this .on the point of giving chances to youngsters how come you choose a good player in t20 game test cricket is no1 if you want to give youngsters a chance you have to play 4 day or odi tournament and rest all the seniors you will never find a good talent only in one or two t 20 matchers

  • Android on June 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @Brian Lara this tournament is to decide wich sl team will play in the upcoming clt20.

  • Buddhika on June 28, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    @Brian Lara This is Good Tournament when consider Youngsters point of view. In Test other than Thiri no youngsters has a play in first 11. In ODI Kusal,Thisara,Chandi,Chathuranga,Kithruwan has not given proper chances to prove. In T20 only few youngsters playing.but still 38 old Dilshan playing T20. All the youngsters chances steal by 3 seniors and Hearth. In SA Tour also SL selectors will not give chances to youngsters. Instead 3 seniors and Hearth will play all matches. So this tour is good chance to youngsters to show their talents. But 3 seniors point of view this is useless tournament.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    some one please explain to me what s the point of these matchers god sake give a brake for the players they have loads of cricket coming ahead give a rest and get ready for the south african tour

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