Welegedara spell equals world record

Chanaka Welegedara picked up important wickets on the first day Getty Images

Chanaka Welegedara equalled the world record for the most economical four-over T20 spell, as Tamil Union handed out a 45-run defeat to Sinhalese Sports Club at the Colombo Cricket Club Ground.

Welegedara, returning figures of 4-2-2-4, equalled the record set by Chris Morris in a Ram Slam T20 game last year.

Tamil Union, led by Welegedara, elected to bat, and posted 142, Kithuruwan Vithanage top-scoring with a 35-ball 42 that included four sixes. Chamara Kapugedara (3 for 14) and Binura Fernando (2 for 17) were the most successful bowlers for SSC.

Welegedara struck twice in the fifth over to remove Minod Bhanuka and captain Thilina Kandamby. He then sent back Sachithra Senanayake in the seventh over, before trapping Charith Jayampathi in front in the 11th. At that point, SSC had slumped to 62 for 7, and were eventually bowled out for 97 in 15.3 overs.