Champions League Twenty20, 2nd Match, Group A: Warriors v Wayamba at Port Elizabeth, Sep 11, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 2nd match, Group A
Warriors won by 7 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
11 September 2010 (20-over match)

1.29pm Out come the Wayamba openers - Jeevantha Kulatunga who was in roaring form back home, and that sublime batting star, Mahela Jayawardene. Juan Theron has the ball. All set for action!

1.25pm Time for introductions. Gopi Rangarajan and Venkata Raghav are on scoring duty, while Sidharth Monga is on the bulletin. I, Nitin Sundar, am your commentator for this game. Sid Monga and I will swap roles for the next game tonight.

1.20pm Ian Bishop pulling out some interesting stats on Star Cricket. The average first-innings score in T20s at PE is 145. A high percentage of games have been won by teams batting second, so Mubarak's decision can be classified as daring.

1.10pm The quality of bowling reserves in both XIs is striking. Warriors have Makhaya Ntini, the T20 specialist Rusty Theron, Johan Botha, Boje and Lonwabo Tsosobe in their ranks. The Wayamba attack is filled also filled with some big names and one long name - Maharoof, Thisara Perera, Herath, Mendis and.. Chanaka aka Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara. Phew. And let me not even get started on spelling out Kaushal Lokuarachchi. For today, we will refer to him simply as 'Loku'.

Toss: Wayamba win and decide to bat.

Mubarak: "We are playing to out strengths. We are used putting runs on the board and defending totals at home. All three spinners (Mendis, Herath and Lokuarachchi) playing today."

Davey Jacobs, the Warriors captain: "Toss does not matter so much.. We are fielding a typical Warriors XI, and in the mix is Nicky Boje." (I sure am excited to see that man back in action!)

1.00pm "We are much more prepared than we were last year. We have had the experience of playing in last year's CLT20," says the Wayamba skipper Jehan Mubarak. Wayamba, along with Bangalore and Victoria are the teams repeating from last year, but none made an impact last time. We'll soon know just how much the experience counts. The trend from last year of IPL teams struggling in the event seems set to continue, given Mumbai's woes yesterday. JP Duminy is however confident his team will bounce back.

12.52pm Hello and welcome to Game 2 of the Champions League! The tournament got off to a cracking start yesterday with the unheralded Lions playing a refreshing brand of cricket to keep the star-heavy Mumbai Indians down. Two games coming up today, and hopefully two more crackers: the first game pits the second South African side in the fray, Warriors, against the undisputed Sri Lankan Twenty20 champs, Wayamba. Toss from Port Elizabeth coming up in a few minutes from now.


Theron to Jayawardene, no run, begins with a perfect away swinger, comes in from wide of the crease and straightens as Mahela fishes uncertainly.. Good start

Two slips in place.


Theron to Jayawardene, OUT, Got em! Rusty has picked a huge wicket early, Jayawardene is gone! Another away swinger coming from that nagging angle, wide of the crease, Mahela throws his bat at it, but the away movement does him in. The thick edge flies into the slip cordon and it is snaffled by Kreusch at second slip. Well done!

DPMD Jayawardene c Botha b Theron 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Theron to Udawatte, no run, another good ball, comes into the left hander from outside off.. Theron is still operating from over the wickets, and Udawatte is not very comfortable, fending at it uncertainly.. And it stays low too as he chops it away to the keeper


Theron to Udawatte, no run, this is shorter and Udawatte flashes at it, but swishes at thin air.. Nervous start this.


Theron to Udawatte, 2 runs, bowling! Theron is making the ball talk, that one nips back from off stump line and Udawatte can consider himself lucky to get bat on it and the thin edge flies fine towards third man, for a couple


Theron to Udawatte, OUT, another one bites the dust! Theron has removed two in his opening over and Wayamba are reeling here! Short ball, but not short enough to pull, Udawatte decides to take the challenge, but it was quicker on him and gets a top edge as his top hand comes off. As ungainly as they come! It balloons easily towards mid on, where the fielder tumbles across to take a good catch

ML Udawatte c Boje b Theron 2 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 1 (2 runs) Wayamba 2/2 (RR: 2.00)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 0 (0b)
    • J Theron 1-0-2-2

Tsosobe to bowl the second over.


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, good start as well, cuts back from outside off.. Left arm over the wicket, has Kulatunga in trouble and he is cramped into the cut, chops it on the bounce to the keeper


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, even better! Starts the movement from closer to off stump and Kulatunga was as clueless as they come! Did his best to get bat on it as it snapped back viciously, and made no contact


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, and just for variety, takes this one away from outside off, Kulatunga is being tested in the corridor and again makes no contact


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, good ball, swings in from off stump and he defends with more assurance than before to the leg side


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, 1 wide, sucker ball, thrown wide outside off, this is good thinking.. Kulatunga is in no position but looks to flay it outside off without moving across. Yes you guessed right, he makes no contact


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, slightly shorter and Kulatunga is more comfortable, not having to deal with the swing, he stays back and cuts it nicely, but the fielder at point dives across to his right to intercept


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, FOUR, and finally he gets one away, that was pitched up, not much movement this time and Kulatunga threw his bat at it and went over the top. Couple of bounces into the point fence

End of over 2 (5 runs) Wayamba 7/2 (RR: 3.50)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 4 (6b 1x4)
    • J Mubarak 0 (0b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-5-0
    • J Theron 1-0-2-2

Theron to Mubarak, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to point


Theron to Mubarak, 1 wide, Salmon for dinner as Mubarak fishes outside off stump, it sails away from him and a slightly harsh call for wide


Theron to Mubarak, no run, pulls the bat away this time as it nips away outside off, Theron has settled into a great line


Theron to Mubarak, no run, better from Mubarak, it is short of a length outside off and he stays back to punch it but can't evade the fielder at point


Theron to Mubarak, 1 run, opens the face and runs it fine this time, nervous running but they eventually take the single


Theron to Kulatunga, 1 leg bye, back of a length and coming into the right-hander who turns it off the pads to midwicket


Theron to Mubarak, FOUR, wonderful shot from Mubarak, he plays the pull and generates tremendous bat speed despite not having the length to get under. It goes straight rather than square and bursts through the fielder at mid on

End of over 3 (7 runs) Wayamba 14/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • J Mubarak 5 (5b 1x4)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 4 (7b 1x4)
    • J Theron 2-0-8-2
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-5-0

Bring on the Rusty puns. Divakar: "Looks like Theron is not feeling Rusty at all.. May be a repeat performance of his IPL Debut.. "


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, FOUR, slammed! Short from Tsosobe and it angles across Kulatunga, who has already suggested he prefers short to full.. Stays back and square cuts it dismissively through point. Shades of Mahela Jayawardene!


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, FOUR, shot! He is staying back in the crease, but when it is up there, he is going for the drives despite not moving forward. As a result they are going in the air, but as long as he is placing them... This one is tonked from off stump line straight over the bowler's head


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, SIX, Seeya later! Shot of the morning so far as Kulatunga jabs it in a fashion that would have done Mohammed Ali proud! Length ball, angling across, not much room, but he latched on to it with the pull so early that it went straight over wide long on for the first six of the day


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, 1 run, keeps it shorter outside off, and Kulatunga calmly turns the strike with a tap to the off side off the back foot


Tsotsobe to Mubarak, no run, over-pitched on the pads but Mubarak does not cash in with the flick, finds the fielder at midwicket


Tsotsobe to Mubarak, no run, and again, asking to be hit - it landed full on middle and with the angles finished on his pads, but Mubarak cannot capitalise

End of over 4 (15 runs) Wayamba 29/2 (RR: 7.25)

    • J Mubarak 5 (7b 1x4)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 19 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-20-0
    • J Theron 2-0-8-2

Makhaya comes on! One of my favourite cricketers..


Ntini to Kulatunga, FOUR, starts with a horror ball though! Short and wide outside off, Kulatunga tucks in greedily with a pull shot, and drags it all the way towards midwicket. He's looking good now


Ntini to Kulatunga, no run, better from Ntini, hits that unique angle of his, and pitches it well up, but Kulatunga's feet are moving, he drives it well to mid off


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, shorter and outside off, Kulatunga once again generates tremendous batspeed as he looks to cut and it races down to third man where the fielder tidies up


Ntini to Mubarak, 1 run, on Mubarak's pads and he clips it neatly towards midwicket

Only one wide slip now.


Ntini to Kulatunga, no run, good length, coming in again, almost seems to come in from mid off when he is bowling, Kulatunga gets nicely behind it and defends


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads, but Kulatunga does not punish it as harshly as he could have.. flicks it hard but straight to deep midwicket and takes a single to retain strike

End of over 5 (7 runs) Wayamba 36/2 (RR: 7.20)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 25 (16b 4x4 1x6)
    • J Mubarak 6 (8b 1x4)
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-0-20-0

Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, no run, slower ball from Tsosobe, enticingly thrown up on middle and leg, but Kulatunga waits for it and flicks straight to midwicket


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, 1 run, shorter and outside off, Kulatunga stays back and opens the face, thickish outside edge down to third man


Tsotsobe to Mubarak, no run, good line and length, angles into Mubarak from outside off, he leans out and gingerly check-drives to mid on


Tsotsobe to Mubarak, no run, again, that nagging line and Mubarak plays it defensively, looking to glance it fine, but can't get it fine enough past short fine leg


Tsotsobe to Mubarak, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads and Mubarak on-drives it to long on for a single


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, 1 run, length ball, again deceptive change of pace, Kulatunga does not fall for it, leans out and opens the face to pick a single into the covers

End of over 6 (3 runs) Wayamba 39/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 27 (19b 4x4 1x6)
    • J Mubarak 7 (11b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-23-0
    • M Ntini 1-0-7-0

Groany: "Everybody loves Ntini, but I have a feeling that the Ntini-Nitin spelling similarity has something to do with it in ur case" Well, in my school days I used to be called Ntini a lot, when the man was making waves in his initial seasons, but that's about it!


Ntini to Kulatunga, no run, half volley finishes on the pads and again Kulatunga can't make it count. Digs it out to midwicket


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, interesting shot, angles in from wide of the stumps and finishes just outside off, Kulatunga opens the face and gets some good bat on it to run it really fine, but there is cover


Ntini to Mubarak, 1 run, length ball outside off, Mubarak taps it into the covers for a single


Ntini to Kulatunga, FOUR, Lock, stock and two smoking barrels! Length ball coming in as always, Kulatunga does very little, does not move too much forward or anything, but drills it in the air over mid off, couple of bounces into the boundary. Blows the smoke off as he slips it back into the holster!


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, more sedate this time, taps a similar ball into the covers to pick a single


Ntini to Mubarak, no run, angles across Mubarak from leg to off, he can't to much and tucks it towards mid on for no run

End of over 7 (7 runs) Wayamba 46/2 (RR: 6.57)

    • J Mubarak 8 (13b 1x4)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 33 (23b 5x4 1x6)
    • M Ntini 2-0-14-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-0-23-0

Botha comes on. South Africa's T20 captain.


Botha to Kulatunga, 1 run, back of a length offie, turning into the right-hander, who taps it with the spin to square leg


Botha to Mubarak, 1 run, tossed up from round the wickets, on middle and leg, Mubarak drives it calmly to long off


Botha to Kulatunga, no run, taps it from outside off with the turn but straight to mid on


Botha to Kulatunga, no run, fired in on middle and leg, nice variations in pace, Kulatunga plays it watchfully to the leg side


Botha to Kulatunga, no run, top-spinner, well bowled and Kulatunga just about read it and tapped it to the off side


Botha to Kulatunga, 2 runs, gets this one away fine from the middle and leg line, for a couple

End of over 8 (4 runs) Wayamba 50/2 (RR: 6.25)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 36 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • J Mubarak 9 (14b 1x4)
    • J Botha 1-0-4-0
    • M Ntini 2-0-14-0

Those following the action on TV, the speed guns seem to be a little wonky, I'm afraid. Nicky Boje comes on.


Boje to Mubarak, no run, on middle and leg to begin with, tapped with the turn straight to short fine leg


Boje to Mubarak, OUT, Eid Mubarak to Jehan Mubarak, but the party is over! Tossed up on off stump, he pranced out of his crease and looked to loft it over long off, but he got too close to it and hence could not get the elevation. Straight into long off's lap

J Mubarak c Prince b Boje 9 (30m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

Kushal Perera, a left-hand batsman, walks out.


Boje to Kulatunga, 1 run, Kulatunga continues in his merry ways, looks for the slog sweep but does not time it too well., bounces in front of the fielder at midwicket


Boje to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, back of a length on middle and straightening, Perera stays back and taps it with the turn to square leg


Boje to Kulatunga, no run, misses out, strays down the leg and he looks to sweep but can't time it too well or place it past short fine leg


Boje to Kulatunga, SIX, finally, he connects with one and how! Boje bravely continues to toss it up on the middle and leg line, but Kulatunga has seen enough now and slog sweeps it powerfully high over cow corner

End of over 9 (8 runs) Wayamba 58/3 (RR: 6.44)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 43 (31b 5x4 2x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 1 (1b)
    • N Boje 1-0-8-1
    • J Botha 1-0-4-0

Botha to continue.. Perera marks his guard again.


Botha to MDKJ Perera, 3 runs, hint of turn, but it starts from outside leg and comes back in, Perera glances it really fine and they go for a quick single.. the fielder at short fine leg cannot intercept cleanly and they pick a couple more


Botha to Kulatunga, no run, good ball, sees him coming and shortens the length, Kulatunga just defends after coming out


Botha to Kulatunga, 1 leg bye, this one strays down the leg and Kulatunga paddles it fine for a single


Botha to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, goes for an ill-advised slog sweep and nearly loses his wicket. That was timed so poorly it landed well inside and the fielder at deep midwicket could not reach it


Botha to Kulatunga, no run


Botha to Kulatunga, 1 run, short and turning in, Kulatunga sweeps it square and gets a single

Plenty of action, yet Wayamba have barely managed a run-rate of 6 in the 1st 10 overs.. And they have lost wickets.

End of over 10 (6 runs) Wayamba 64/3 (RR: 6.40)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 44 (35b 5x4 2x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 5 (3b)
    • J Botha 2-0-9-0
    • N Boje 1-0-8-1

Boje to Kulatunga, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Kula yorks himself and can't do much with it after coming out


Boje to Kulatunga, FOUR, this time he adjusts, makes room by moving leg sidish even as he comes out and lifts it straight over Boje's head for four


Boje to Kulatunga, 1 run, shortens the length and Kulatunga quietly taps it away for a single to the off side


Boje to MDKJ Perera, SIX, Banged by Perera! Comes out of his crease and it was in the slot for him, tossed up on off stump, he swung his arms with gay abandon and sent it miles over deep midwicket


Boje to MDKJ Perera, 2 runs, on middle and leg this time, Perera goes for the sweep and gets it really fine.. They think of the third and settle for two.. A bit of a yes-no situation


Boje to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, goes for the sweep and sends it along the ground to fine leg

End of over 11 (14 runs) Wayamba 78/3 (RR: 7.09)

    • MDKJ Perera 14 (6b 1x6)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 49 (38b 6x4 2x6)
    • N Boje 2-0-22-1
    • J Botha 2-0-9-0

Botha to MDKJ Perera, no run, pushed through on off stump from round the sticks, Perera wants more room and can't time the cut.. Straight to point


Botha to MDKJ Perera, no run, fuller on middle and leg, goes for the sweep and is rapped in front. Big Appeal, but not given


Botha to MDKJ Perera, no run, superb piece of off spin bowling, saw the batsman itching to come out and fired in the armer on middle and off, Perera was struck in front as he was coming out. Another big appeal, again turned down


Botha to MDKJ Perera, SIX, Boy, does he connect with these or what! Dances down the track and Botha lands this in Perera's area, full on middle and he smashes the covers of it, sending it soaring over long on.


Botha to MDKJ Perera, no run, good come back, beats Perera with another straight one


Botha to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, Botha is pushing them through, a sound strategy in these circumstances, and Perera picks a single to retain strike

End of over 12 (7 runs) Wayamba 85/3 (RR: 7.08)

    • MDKJ Perera 21 (12b 2x6)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 49 (38b 6x4 2x6)
    • J Botha 3-0-16-0
    • N Boje 2-0-22-1

Ntini comes back on.


Ntini to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, full ball from round the wicket, and Perera drives it out into the covers for a single


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, slow fulltoss on middle stump, and Kulatunga drives it out to long on for a single that gives him a fifty. Good innings this. Great counterattack


Ntini to MDKJ Perera, SIX, By jove, Perera has some biceps..! Ntini feeds him a length ball this time and he swings it cleanly into orbit and it lands a little later well behind the midwicket boundary


Ntini to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, smashed again, was that a chance to cover? Wasn't collected cleanly and they get a single


Ntini to Kulatunga, 1 run, dropped by Davey Jacobs! Kulatunga tried to flick it uppishly, over midwicket, but did not get it high enough, Jacobs leapt up but could not pouch the chance and did not recover soon enough to take the rebound


Ntini to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, gets a single down to third man to retain strike.. Wayamba are turning it on here

End of over 13 (11 runs) Wayamba 96/3 (RR: 7.38)

    • MDKJ Perera 30 (16b 3x6)
    • HGJM Kulatunga 51 (40b 6x4 2x6)
    • M Ntini 3-0-25-0
    • J Botha 3-0-16-0

Kreusch comes on to bowl his medium pace.


Kreusch to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, Perera swings it away but can't pierce the gap at long leg


Kreusch to Kulatunga, 1 run, angling in from a length on middle and off, Kula reaches out and works it to mid on for one


Kreusch to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, delicate! Perera shows another string to his bow, that was just outside off and not the length that he could get under, so he stayed in the crease and dabbed it fine to the vacant third man boundary


Kreusch to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, drag flicks this from outside off to wide long on for a single


Kreusch to Kulatunga, SIX, Nailed, drilled, smoked and dismissed! Kulatunga moved back in the crease and to the leg side and once the ball landed on the length on off stump, it was going only one place - lands very close to the straight boundary and bounces on the rope, it is called a six. Fluent swing of the arms there.


Kreusch to Kulatunga, 1 run, low fulltoss on off stump and driven out to wide long on for another single

End of over 14 (14 runs) Wayamba 110/3 (RR: 7.85)

    • HGJM Kulatunga 59 (43b 6x4 3x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 36 (19b 1x4 3x6)
    • JP Kreusch 1-0-14-0
    • M Ntini 3-0-25-0

Tsosobe comes back on.


Tsotsobe to Kulatunga, OUT, aaaand gone! Tsosobe landed that on a length outside off and Kulatunga tried to do what he has been doing all day - looks to loft it straight, but for a change, it misses the middle and hits low down on the bat. He ends up spooning it straight up and Kreusch settles down under it. Important wicket.

HGJM Kulatunga c Kreusch b Tsotsobe 59 (59m 44b 6x4 3x6) SR: 134.09

Loku comes out. I refuse to type out his full name, for want of time.


Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, good smart bouncer, haven't seen too many of these, have we? Short and sails over Perera's head as he ducks under it meekly


Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, full length outside off, and he forces it out to wide long off for one


Tsotsobe to Lokuarachchi, no run, nice ball, moves to round the stumps for the right hander and runs his fingers over it so that it cuts away after landing. No contact made


Tsotsobe to Lokuarachchi, SIX, Whoop! Loku moves out to off stump and shovels this from middle stump line over the fine leg fence. Not a great angle to bowl with your fine leg in the circle, it must be said, but what timing!


Tsotsobe to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, digs out a full ball outside off to point and scrambles across for a single. Shy at the stump, but it misses.. A direct hit might have had him in trouble

End of over 15 (8 runs) Wayamba 118/4 (RR: 7.86)

    • KS Lokuarachchi 7 (3b 1x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 37 (21b 1x4 3x6)
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-0-31-1
    • JP Kreusch 1-0-14-0

Kreusch to Lokuarachchi, no run, Loku looks for the slog sweep to a length ball outside off, and makes no contact

Wizardvk: "excuse me mr.perera ...runs can be scored in many ways ..sixers is jus one among them ..thankyou"


Kreusch to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, smart slower ball, bowled very full outside off and Loku drives it to long off for one


Kreusch to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, inch-perfect yorker on middle and leg, Perera can't do much with it and digs it out to midwicket for a single


Kreusch to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, full and straight on off stump, Loku tries to scoop it high, but the length is perfect and he gets it away without power into the covers


Kreusch to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, plays the sweep this time from middle and leg line and gets it behind square leg for a single. No boundaries, this is a great over so far


Kreusch to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, and finishes with another purposeful full length delivery. Perera can only pick a single to long on

End of over 16 (5 runs) Wayamba 123/4 (RR: 7.68)

    • KS Lokuarachchi 10 (7b 1x6)
    • MDKJ Perera 39 (23b 1x4 3x6)
    • JP Kreusch 2-0-19-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-0-31-1

Rusty Theron comes back on. He specialises in the death overs.


Theron to Lokuarachchi, 2 runs, starts with a short ball outside off, pulled away to midwicket where Ashwell Prince does well with the slide to save a boundary


Theron to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, fuller length, well outside off and it is driven back over the bowler's head towards long on.. Only a single


Theron to MDKJ Perera, OUT, Gone! The frustration gets to Perera, who has not been given much to drive.. He backs away to the leg side this time, to make some room, but this one was short and outside off.. He went for the lofted drive, but could not clear long off. The canny Theron strikes again.

MDKJ Perera c Prince b Theron 39 (35m 24b 1x4 3x6) SR: 162.50

One Perera goes, another comes in.. Thisara comes out.


Theron to Lokuarachchi, 1 run


Theron to NLTC Perera, no run, length ball on middle and leg, no room for Thisara to work with, he defends watchfully to the leg side.


Theron to NLTC Perera, SIX, Oh my, these Pereras are all equally violent! Length ball on middle and leg, he stays in the crease and lashes simply mauls it with a horizontal bat.. It spends some time in orbit and lands well behind midwicket

End of over 17 (10 runs) Wayamba 133/5 (RR: 7.82)

    • NLTC Perera 6 (2b 1x6)
    • KS Lokuarachchi 14 (10b 1x6)
    • J Theron 3-0-18-3
    • JP Kreusch 2-0-19-0

Botha comes on.


Botha to Lokuarachchi, OUT, Another one bites the dust, Loku is gone looking to smash one straight.. He is down the track and Botha smartly pulls the length back and Loku can't get into any position. Still goes through with th4e shot and offers a dolly to short cover

KS Lokuarachchi c Boje b Botha 14 (16m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 127.27

Maharoof comes in to bat.


Botha to Maharoof, 2 runs, works the first ball, full on middle stump, towards square leg and comes back for a tight second. The throw was not the best


Botha to Maharoof, 1 run, drives the length ball out to wide long on to pick a single


Botha to NLTC Perera, 1 run, fired in on middle and leg, and Thisara gets an inside edge as he jams the bat down.. Runs away to short fine leg for one


Botha to Maharoof, no run, this is great stuff from Botha, who slows the pace and has Maharoof lunging without conviction. He is forced to tap it back to the bowler


Botha to Maharoof, 1 run, and again, smart bowling, slower through the air and full on off stump, Maharoof manages to get it past him to mid off for a single

End of over 18 (5 runs) Wayamba 138/6 (RR: 7.66)

    • MF Maharoof 4 (4b)
    • NLTC Perera 7 (3b 1x6)
    • J Botha 4-0-21-1
    • J Theron 3-0-18-3

Theron to Maharoof, no run, bouncer outside off, Maharoof can't time the pull and it goes straight to midwicket.


Theron to Maharoof, 1 run, pitched well up, but again well outside off and Maharoof drives it down to long on


Theron to NLTC Perera, no run, Superb bowling from Theron! Perfect yorker outside leg as Thisara moves away to the leg side and it goes right through him


Theron to NLTC Perera, FOUR, horrible luck for Theron who bowls another perfect yorker outside off, Thisara goes for the almighty hoick, and gets a thin edge past Boucher for four towards fine leg


Theron to NLTC Perera, no run, smart again, Theron's modus operandi is to keep the lines wide knowing that the batsman is looking to hit straight. Perera throws everything at it at the last moment and makes no contact


Theron to NLTC Perera, 1 leg bye, finishes with a full delivery on off stump and it is squeezed out off the pads for an extra

End of over 19 (6 runs) Wayamba 144/6 (RR: 7.57)

    • NLTC Perera 11 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • MF Maharoof 5 (6b)
    • J Theron 4-0-23-3
    • J Botha 4-0-21-1

Ntini to finish off. Round the stumps.


Ntini to NLTC Perera, OUT, WHOA! As I collect my breath, let me describe what happened there: It was a length ball on middle and leg, Thisara got under it and hoisted it high and it seemed headed for the long on stands.. Boucher behind the stands had his hand out to protect his eyes from the sun as he sought to trace the path of that ball... and somehow, Botha at long off, on the edge of the playing area, hauled it in. Thisara is distraught, and Ntini breaks into a smile!

NLTC Perera c Botha b Ntini 11 (11m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 137.50


Ntini to Maharoof, OUT, two in two, again holes out in the deep! Length ball on middle and leg, Maharoof looks to send this into another planet, but gravity brings it back down to the lap of deepmidwicket. Can he get a hat-trick?

MF Maharoof c Tsotsobe b Ntini 5 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42


Ntini to Herath, 1 run, well no he can't.. Length ball on off and the left-hander plays it uppishly into the covers, but it is safe


Ntini to Mendis, 1 run, good ball, full on off stump and he goes for an expansive cover drive, gets an under edge to third man for one


Ntini to Herath, SIX, Herath shows how it is done! He had the room, this was outside off, so Herath flexed his muscles and swung it away merrily, high over long on. This time, Botha could only watch


Ntini to Herath, 1 run, OUT, and a run-out to finish, bizarre I must say. Herath stayed in the crease and swung it to deep wicket, picked a single, and then seemed to take for ever to turn back and go for the second.. Seemed like a relay race where he was waiting for his partner to come over and pass on the baton. The throw was smartly sent to the striker's end and Boucher removed the bails before Herath could dive in.

HMRKB Herath run out 8 (4m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 266.66

Right, Warriors started brightly, with two wickets in the opening over, but Wayamba counterattacked well through Kulatunga and Kushal Perera. However, Botha and Theron in particular, came back well to kill the momentum. In the end Wayamba have 153, it is a score their talented attack can defend, but Warriors will have other plans. Chase coming up right away. Meanwhile here is Sid Monga's bulletin.

End of over 20 (9 runs) Wayamba 153/9

    • BAW Mendis 1 (1b)
    • M Ntini 4-0-34-2
    • J Theron 4-0-23-3





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