(N), Pallekele, Aug 19 2012, Sri Lanka Premier League
(19.1/20 ov, target 125)126/6
Uva Next won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Andrew Fernando

Uthura crash to fourth straight loss

Uthura Rudras could not recover from early setbacks and four consecutive maidens at the start of their innings, as Uva Next chased down a mediocre target with four wickets and five balls to spare

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Comms: Suneer Chowdhary
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Uthura Rudras124/8(20 overs)
Uva Next126/6(19.1 overs)


Jehan Mubarak: This tournament has been a case of what ifs, made crucial mistakes. When we batted the first four overs, it seemed difficult, we thought 130 was a decent target, bowlers bowled but there were too many mistakes from us.

Thilina Kandamby: Obviously slightly nervous but knew that Malik would do the job, pitch behaved differently from what I thought, it was not a batting wicket as I thought. We knew 124 was not going to be easy, Munaweera gave a good start but needed to bat through as well.

Sachithra Senanayake is the MoM: I did not think too much before I went out to bat, slightly nervous before I went in, after that it was good.

That is it from me, Suneer Chowdhary, will be back tomorrow for both the games! Till then, have a good evening ahead.

At 0/2 in four overs, the Rudras looked done and dusted, before Janaka Gunaratne's 30 helped them through to 124, not too much but an improved score. Uva were always in touching distance but with 24 needed from three overs, the pulse rates were racing. Shoaib Malik batted well to get them off that spot of bother. Presentation in a while.

Naved-ul-Hasan to Senanayake, SIX runs

and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of that, short ball and that has been dispatched over deep square-leg for a six! Well fought Rudras but they have now gone down four games in a row, and barring a mathematical miracle are out of the tournament too.

end of over 1910 runs
UvNxt: 120/6CRR: 6.31 RRR: 5.00
Sachithra Senanayake6 (5)
Shoaib Malik26 (15)
Chathura Peiris 4-0-24-2
Dillon du Preez 4-0-29-0
Peiris to Senanayake, 1 run

slower one, gets an inside edge to square-leg for a single

Peiris to Senanayake, no run

length ball, driven back to the bowler and hits his left palm on the full, it was a catch alright, tough alright but a catch all the same!

Peiris to Senanayake, FOUR runs

outside the off and that has been lofted over the mid-off region for a four, excellent pressure-reliever, they cannot mess up from here now, surely?

Peiris to Senanayake, no run

outside the off, tries to cut it away but misses the outside edge, Rudras are still in it.

Peiris to Malik, 1 run

on the off stump, pushes it to third-man for a single, 10 needed from 10

Peiris to Malik, FOUR runs

poor ball on the leg side, and he swivels around for a four over short fine-leg for a four, bad delivery to start off, probably to do with the way Malik has been cutting them?

After all that hara kiri, wicket and a four last over, they still need 15 from 12.

end of over 189 runs • 1 wicket
UvNxt: 110/6CRR: 6.11 RRR: 7.50
Shoaib Malik21 (13)
Sachithra Senanayake1 (1)
Dillon du Preez 4-0-29-0
Chathura Peiris 3-0-14-2
du Preez to Malik, 1 run

driven to the off side for a single

du Preez to Malik, 2 runs

goes on to the back foot, punches it back to the right of the bowler and they take a single, Malik wants the second, Senanayake does not, both are at the same end and the bowler does not not collect the ball! It was sent straight to him and he drops it, allowing him to regain his crease!

du Preez to Senanayake, 1 run

on the middle stump, whipped it to deep square-leg for a single

The bowlers are in now. Senenayake at eight.

du Preez to Oram, OUT

gone, run-out, Oram's been sent back! It was pushed to the off side, the bowler runs to his right, it was only a couple of yards away, bends down and throws the stumps at the striker's end down, by then Oram was half way out and there was no way he was getting close to that crease once again.

Jacob Oram run out (du Preez) 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
du Preez to Malik, 1 run

another one outside the off, opens the face and guides them through to third-man for a single

du Preez to Malik, FOUR runs

outside the off stump and that has been blazed away through point for four, it went crashing into the fence, good, good shot at this stage

24 from 18 needed. The game's turned around by quite a bit.

end of over 173 runs
UvNxt: 101/5CRR: 5.94 RRR: 8.00
Jacob Oram0 (5)
Shoaib Malik13 (9)
Chathura Peiris 3-0-14-2
Naved-ul-Hasan 3-0-20-1
Peiris to Oram, no run

outside the off, pushed to the covers and that is another dot, Uthura are favourites here!

Peiris to Oram, no run

pushed away to mid-wicket and it has gone quickly to the fielder, not for a run

Peiris to Oram, no run

excellent yorker, on the middle moving into the batsman and in the end, the batsman did well to take away his foot and dig it away

Peiris to Malik, 1 run

on the off stump, pushes to the covers and are off for a quick single, the fielder dives in and throws it to the striker's end, misses, single ensues

Peiris to Malik, no run

outside the off stump, pushed to the off side but for no runs

Peiris to Malik, 2 runs

on the leg stump, short of length as well, tapped away to the fine-leg region and they are able to come back for the second

27 from 24. This could go either way. Remember, Uthura had played out four successive maidens up front

end of over 163 runs • 1 wicket
UvNxt: 98/5CRR: 6.12 RRR: 6.75
Jacob Oram0 (2)
Shoaib Malik10 (6)
Naved-ul-Hasan 3-0-20-1
Chathura Peiris 2-0-11-2
Naved-ul-Hasan to Oram, no run

off stump line, good channel there, on a good length, defended back to the bowler to signal the start of the time-out.

Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossUthura Rudras, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka Premier League
Player Of The Match
Sachithra Senanayake
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days19 August 2012 - night (20-over match)
T20 debut
Madushanka Ekanayake
Madushanka Ekanayake
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Asoka de Silva
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Tyron Wijewardene
TV Umpire
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
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Sagara Gallage
Match Referee
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Ranjith Madurasinghe
PointsUva Next 2, Uthura Rudras 0