Player of the Match
Player of the Match

At the halfway stage, Uthura seemed to have done enough, not too often is a target of 180 chased, and especially not on a track which was affording some turn. But as it turned out, Kamran Akmal and Tamim Iqbal gave their opposition no chance and carved out a 176-run stand for the first wicket. None of the bowlers were spared, with even Muthiah Muralitharan going for 36 in his four overs. A convincing couple of points for Wayamba then.

Back with the presentation in a while.

Mubarak: We thought it was enough, harsh game when you get those many and lose. Tamim and Kamran played some clean strokes and put us back. We were hoping that after the six-over mark we would be able to rein them in. If someone gave me 180 at the beginning of the game, I would have taken it every time.

Jayawardene: It is a good win, we will take it any day, the guys played well upfront. It was a good wicket and got better and the openers batted well. We knew we needed a good start and that is what we got, and the two finished it off well. We only had three overseas players, Kamran landed at 2 pm and we managed to get him into the side.

Tamim IqbalThe pitch played well, the ball was coming on to the bat and I enjoyed myself. We discussed that we will not look at the scoreboard, and we batted well to get there. I was not well the last two days, the way they cook here with the coconut oil! Kamran did well to get here just before the game and play the way he did.

19.2
6
Mubarak to Tamim Iqbal, SIX runs, down the track, inside out and finished it in style, six runs with a shot that he has played throughout this game, remains unbeaten on 93!
19.1
0
Mubarak to Tamim Iqbal, no run, oooh, wanted to cut it away, missed the outside edge!

Three runs for the win. It is captain Mubarak bowling this one.

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | WyUtd: 177/1 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.31, RRR: 3.00)

  • Umar Akmal0 (1b)
  • Tamim Iqbal87 (59b)
  • Kevon Cooper4-0-26-1
  • Chathura Peiris4-0-35-0
18.6
0
Cooper to Umar Akmal, no run, pitched right up and dug out by the new man, Umar
18.5
1
Cooper to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run,

Taron: "It's truly a joy to see all these new T20 competitions. It gives so many local players a chance to shine on the world stage. Even guys who don't get selected in IPL get chances in these sorts of leagues. As a Bangladeshi living in UK it so good to see Bangladeshi's getting chances in the teams and doing well!"

Tamim's definitely doing well and on the verge of leading his team to a win here. Three more needed for the win.

18.4
W
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, OUT, finally a wicket, Kamran wants to slash it away, but the slog does not go in the direction he wanted, top edge carries to the covers and is easily taken

Kamran Akmal c Mubarak b Cooper 79 (55b 7x4 3x6) SR: 143.63

18.3
0
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, no run, goes for a slog, but it far slower than what he expected
18.2
4
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, FOUR runs, inside out to a delivery that was pitched right up and finally a four for the tiring batsmen, it is Akmal this time who manages to get it through
18.1
1
Cooper to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, outside the off stump, driven through the covers for a single

Nine more needed from 12. They haven't lost any wickets. Cooper to continue.

END OF OVER:
18 | 4 Runs | WyUtd: 171/0 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 4.50)

  • Tamim Iqbal85 (57b)
  • Kamran Akmal75 (52b)
  • Chathura Peiris4-0-35-0
  • Kevon Cooper3-0-20-0
17.6
1
Peiris to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, leg-side full-toss and that is flicked away to fine-leg for a single, on another day they would have come back for the second
17.5
1
Peiris to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, hits it over to long-off, goes on the bounce to the fielder and for a single
17.4
0
Peiris to Kamran Akmal, no run, winds up and goes for a slog, misses hitting the middle of the bat, Kamran's cramping up a little here...
17.3
1
Peiris to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, works it around his pads and for a single to fine-leg
17.2
0
Peiris to Tamim Iqbal, no run, short of length ball, punched but straight to the fielder at extra-cover
17.1
1
Peiris to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, outside the off stump, full and sliced away to the deep point for a couple of runs, Gunaratne does well to save the boundary

END OF OVER:
17 | 4 Runs | WyUtd: 167/0 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.82, RRR: 4.33)

  • Kamran Akmal73 (49b)
  • Tamim Iqbal83 (54b)
  • Kevon Cooper3-0-20-0
  • Chathura Peiris3-0-31-0
16.6
1
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full-toss and easily driven to long-on for a single by Akmal
16.5
1
Cooper to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, slower, outside the off stump, guides it through to the third-man for a single
16.4
0
Cooper to Tamim Iqbal, no run, slower one outside the off stump and he fails to get any timing on the stroke, hits it into the ground and to the wicket-keeper
16.3
1
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fuller yet again, flicked away to the leg side for a single
16.2
0
Cooper to Kamran Akmal, no run, pitched right up to the bat, opens the face and is able to play it to the covers
16.1
1
Cooper to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, over-pitched ball played away through the covers for a single

END OF OVER:
16 | 8 Runs | WyUtd: 163/0 (17 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 10.18, RRR: 4.25)

  • Tamim Iqbal81 (51b)
  • Kamran Akmal71 (46b)
  • Chathura Peiris3-0-31-0
  • Kevon Cooper2-0-16-0
15.6
1
Peiris to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, yorker-length ball, driven to long-on and they complete the over with a single that brings the runs required down to 14 off four overs. Cakewalk with a capital c.