Colombo beat Dambulla by 82 runs in the opening match of the 50-Over Super Provincial Tournament played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday.
Batting first Colombo totaled 238 for 9 wickets in 50 overs with Avishka Fernando, the 20-year old former Sri Lanka Under-19 opening batsman Avishka Fernando scoring upfront with a polished 54 off 52 balls studded with 7 boundaries and a six. It was an innings that boosted the former
St. Sebastians College, Moratuwa all-rounder’s prospects as the selectors look for the ideal world cup squad. Chamika Karunaratne top scored with 57 off 53 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries and 2 sixes while skipper Dinesh Chandimal struck 42 off 66 with 4 boundaries enhancing his prospects for a place for the big show event. Chamara Silva made 29.
Jeevan Mendis, with his wily spin claimed 4 for 36 in his 10 overs to be the pick of the bowlers for Dambulla.
Dambulla were bowled out for 156 in 36.3 overs with Suranga Lakmal claiming 3 for 29 in 8 overs to stake a claim for selection. Asitha Fernando picked
2 for 21 and Chamika Karunaratne 2 for 29. Bhanuka
Rajapaksa top scored for Dambulla with 38 off 45 inclusive of 4 boundaries and a six while Hadigallge Ishan Jayaratne made 36 off 40 with 3 boundaries and a six.
Colombo 238/9 (50 Overs)
(C. Karunaratne 57, W.I.A. Fernando 54, L.D. Chandimal 42, L.P.C. Silva 29, W.L. Tharanga 12,
B.M.A.J. Mendis 4/36, M.V.T. Fernando 2/44)
Dambulla 156 All out (36.3 Overs).
(P.B.B. Rajapaksa 38, H.I.A. Jayaratne 36, Udana 18, M.V.T. Fernando n.o. 18, R.A.S.L. Lakmal 3/29, A.M. Fernando 2/21, C. Karunaratne 2/29).
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-
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