(N)Sri Lanka Premier League at Colombo (RPS), Aug 13 2012
(19.3/20 ov, target 160)
Nagenahira won by 7 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Nagenahira Nagas
Nagas Innings
Full commentary


Samaraweera Did not bat well first 10 overs, then Perera played rather well. Then we did not field too well. I think we lack in bowling upfront and in the death, batting wise we need fire at the top. Hopefully Jayasuriya will be fit to play and Perera will be fit to bowl four overs,

Mathews Couldn't have asked for any better, bowlers did well in the first half and then the openers batted well. Prety good performance overall.

Imran Nazir is the man of the match and before they have a chance to talk to him, a heavy downpour ends the presentation. That's a first time I have seen this, rain abandons the presentation!

So that is it from me, Suneer Chowdhary, there, will be back with you for tomorrow's game between Ruhuna and Uthura. Have a very good evening!

Despite winning with only two balls to spare, the result never looked in doubt after the kind of start the two Pakistani openers, Shehzad and Nazir gave them. The Kanduratas seemed to have lost the game in the first 10 overs of their batting when they got almost nothing. Of course, poor fielding did not help Kanduratas' cause too much.

Back in some time with the presentation.

Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 no ball
aah, that is disappointing, a no-ball to end the game, he had punched it through the covers too, so would have been a run anyway
Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
another one, he has missed another one, beaten outside the off stump, pressure for the Bangladeshi captain, the fielders are all close now and as much as he isn't getting them away, he will have to go over the in-field!

All fielders are inside the circle now

Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
another slap attempted and another one missed, he was going over mid-wicket for the second time but gets no bat on it.
Kulasekara to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
short of length, goes for a hoick over mid-wicket, an inside-edge on to the pads and there was an appeal for lbw, not-out but no run either.
end of over 1910 runs
Nagas: 159/3CRR: 8.36 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 1 run from 6b
Angelo Mathews42 (36)
Mushfiqur Rahim5 (6)
Saeed Ajmal4-0-33-0
Sohail Tanvir4-0-38-0
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, SIX runs
it was getting that very slight bit nervy for the batting team but Mathews unleashes his slog sweep that goes over deep mid-wicket for a six!
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run
turn for Ajmal, sharp one too, he was going down the track, but the sudden turn beats his bat, hits pad and there is no run
Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
fuller and driven to long-off for a single and they bring it down to seven required
Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
quicker on to the batsman, who was going back to pull it, plays it away in the end
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run
on the middle stump, shortens his length, played away to the off side for a single
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 2 runs
round the stumps, outside the off and swept away between fine-leg and deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs

Bit of a drag in the last few overs, 11 more needed from 12.

end of over 185 runs
Nagas: 149/3CRR: 8.27 • RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 runs from 12b
Mushfiqur Rahim4 (4)
Angelo Mathews33 (32)
Sohail Tanvir4-0-38-0
Saeed Ajmal3-0-23-0
Sohail Tanvir to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
shorter this time, outside the off stump and he opens the face of the bat and gets it to fine third-man, they are able to come back for the second
Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run
he is bowling a good channel here, cramping them for room, from round the wicket, comes in and he taps it down the ground for a single
Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, no run
on the off stump and fuller from Tanvir, it was quicker too and he punches it to the leg side
Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, no run
short of a good length and Mathews was moving around in the crease, in the end he dabs it to the off side
Sohail Tanvir to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
shorter from the bowler and goes for a pull, well played, played down and hit to deep square-leg for a single
Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run
short of length and it almost pounced on the batsman, played down well by Mathews who took the bottom hand off the bat, rush off for a single

16 from 18 to become the first team here to win two games.

end of over 176 runs
Nagas: 144/3CRR: 8.47 • RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 runs from 18b
Angelo Mathews31 (28)
Mushfiqur Rahim1 (2)
Saeed Ajmal3-0-23-0
Sohail Tanvir3-0-33-0
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run
shorter outside the off and hit hard into the ground, not too well timed but still gets them a single
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run
slower and pushed towards mid-on, the mid-wicket fielder runs across to stop it
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, FOUR runs
on the pads of the batsman, tucked away and that should have been fielded by Scott Styris at short fine-leg, the fielder slipped and it has gone away to the fence!
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run
round the stumps, bit of bounce and the cut shot is missed, through to the keeper
Saeed Ajmal to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
on the middle and turning into the batsman, but slightly fuller and he is able to turn it away to square-leg for a single