Troopers v Express, SLC Super 4's T20, Eliminator July 1, 2014

Maharoof, Prasanna launch Express into final

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Southern Express 158 for 7 (Maharoof 42*, Prasanna 36*, de Silva 3-24) beat Western Troopers 153 for 9 (Rajapaksa 41, Pathirana 4-17) by three wickets
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Farveez Maharoof and Seekkuge Prasanna plundered 56 off the last 4.4 overs to carry Southern Express into the final with a three-wicket win over Western Troopers in the eliminator in Colombo. The duo came together when Express were struggling at 102 for 7 after 15 overs in their chase of 154 following three wickets in three overs from Chaturanga de Silva. While Maharoof hit two fours and three sixes in his 42 off 27 deliveries, Prasanna struck four sixes in his 36 off 17.

Maharoof and Prasanna's efforts revived a chase in which the highest score among the top six was Jehan Mubarak's 25. After Suranga Lakmal bowled a tight 16th over, Prasanna hit de Silva and Isuru Udana for a six each in the next two overs. Lakmal was taken for successive sixes in the penultimate over by Prasanna before Maharoof ended the game by lifting Sachithra Senanayake over the boundary off the fourth ball of the last over.

Troopers were able to score only 15 off their last three overs as they collapsed from a strong position of 138 for 4. Bhanuka Rajapaksa made 41 off 24 at No. 3 but three of the top five fell in their twenties before the lower order crumbled against Sachith Pathirana, who took 4 for 17.

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  • prasad on July 1, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Both Maharoof and Prassanna have good allround skills to be permananat members of the national T20 and ODI squad.

  • Dummy4 on July 1, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Maharoof should be in the squad for SA ODIs, as he is in good form and will be useful batting at 7 or 8 and bowling in the middle overs. Thisara Perera has been inconsistent with the bat and expensive with the ball, so he should make way for a player who is in better form.

  • Chaminda on July 1, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    A wonderful spell from Sachith Pathirana changing the cause of the result if not they were cruising for a 180 plus score, Wonder why the lad doesn't get a chance in the international arena?

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