(N), Colombo, Aug 12 2012, Sri Lanka Premier League
(18.2/20 ov, target 137)139/2
Uva Next won by 8 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)
player of the match

One match tomorrow, Kandurata play Nagenhira at the same ground and I, Suneer Chowdhary, will be back with its live coverage. Till then have a very good evening ahead!

Dilshan: Didn't start well, lost too many wickets, we needed to get to 160. The pitch had slowed down, it is the third man here but Upul batted well. We need to better our fielding, back-to-back matches also did not help.

Kandamby: We started the game well, Oram and Umar bowled well, as did the spinners. Fernando has now been playing for Sri Lanka for a long time, is a wicket-taking bowler. We wanted to start well in the tournament and we are happy to win it.

Fernando, the man of the match That was our strategy, me and Gul to bowl the slog overs, short and slower ones was what I had planned. The slower balls had a lot more bounce than other pitches and that is what I tried to do.

While it was an excellent show from Uva in both their batting and bowling departments, the Basnahira side looked a tad flat; they never got going with the bat and did not show too much verve on the field defending their mediocre score. Probably to do with playing two games in a row, Dilshan had spoken about wanting to recover quickly for this game at the toss.

Fernando scalped five wickets after Jacob Oram had grabbed the top three while Upul Tharanga caressed his way to an unbeaten 65. One of them will be the man-of-the-match, which we will soon know as we await the presentation.

Jayaratne to Malik, FOUR runs

pitched fuller, driven straight back to the fence, a match-winning shot to the fence there and Uva have their first points on the board!

Jayaratne to Malik, no run

shorter one from Jayaratne and pushed it to the point region, they do not go for the single

Just two more needed.

end of over 1811 runs
UvNxt: 135/2CRR: 7.50 RRR: 1.00 • Need 2 runs from 12b
Shoaib Malik27 (25)
Upul Tharanga65 (53)
Charl Langeveldt3-0-26-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan4-0-21-1
Langeveldt to Malik, 1 run

pitched up, taken on the full and driven through the covers for a single

Langeveldt to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

almost a wicket against the run of play, shorter and he wanted to pull it away for a win, a top-edge and it just eludes mid-on fielder, Dilshan

Langeveldt to Upul Tharanga, FOUR runs

yep, this isn't lasting too long, shorter and pulled away over mid-wicket for four, and it is only one scoring shot short...

Langeveldt to Upul Tharanga, FOUR runs

pitched fuller on to the bat and Tharanga has lofted it over mid-on who was inside the circle, its not going to last too long now...

Langeveldt to Upul Tharanga, no run

slower bouncer, he wanted to pull it away, but it never arrived and Tharanga finally decided to let it go

Langeveldt to Malik, 1 run

and that is another shorter one, outside the off stump, cut away to the sweeper fielder and they jog across for a single

Langeveldt comes on now.

end of over 175 runs
UvNxt: 124/2CRR: 7.29 RRR: 4.33 • Need 13 runs from 18b
Shoaib Malik25 (23)
Upul Tharanga56 (49)
Tillakaratne Dilshan4-0-21-1
Jeevan Mendis2-0-19-0
Dilshan to Malik, 1 run

doing it easily here, punched down the track for a single and that is five from the over.

Dilshan to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

driven down the track to long-on for a single taking him to 56

Dilshan to Malik, 1 run

chips down the wicket and nudges it to wide long-on, could have come back for the second but they could be sapped here

Dilshan to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

round the stumps, quicker, darting in but driven through to long-off for a single

Dilshan to Malik, 1 run

shorter, outside the off stump, opens the face and nudges it to short third-man for a single

Dilshan to Malik, no run

defended back to the bowler