The SLC T20 League 2018 match between Colombo and Kandy ended on a thrilling note after it was tied on totals of 188 each at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday. It led to a super over being bowled with both sides tying again on 5 each and Colombo was declared winners on the basis of the most number of boundaries scored. In the other match, Dambulla strolled to an easy 95-run win over Galle.
The Colombo versus Kandy game went down to the wire with Colombo totaling 188 for 5 wickets in 20 overs on two fine knocks by Shehan Jayasuriya who made 63 and Upul Tharanga 62.
Kandy replied with 188 for 7 with Lahiru Thirimanne top scoring with 50. The match reached fever pitch with Kandy requiring 14 to win in the last over bowled by Shehan Madushanka. With the eighth wicket pair of Malinda Pushpakumara and Chamika Karunaratne at the wickets. Karunaratne struck two boundaries cutting down the deficit to 2 to win off the last ball which he stroked with Pushpakumara being run out going for the decisive second run. In the super over Kandy made 6 for the loss of 2 wickets and Colombo 6 for the loss of one wicket. Colombo’s Jeevan Mendis accounted for Dasun Shanaka and Banuka Rajapaksa while Lasith Malinga clean bowled Tharanga in his second delivery.
Meanwhile, Dambulla’s victory over Galle was on the back of a fine 41 ball 57 by Ashan Priyanjan in a total of made 179 for 6 in 20 overs. He struck 6 boundaries and a six in the wake of his century in the previous game. Sadeera Samarawickrema struck 48 off 37 containing 7 boundaries. Galle were shot out for 84 in 17.5 overs with Danushka Gunathilaka and Wanidu Hasaranga de Silva turning out to be the heroes with the ball claiming 4 wickets for 21 and 3 for 11 respectively.
Colombo 188/5 (20 Overs) Run Rate: 9.4
(W.U. Tharanga 62, G.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya 63, P.C. de Silva 25, M.L. Udawatte 15, K.I.C. Asalanka 2/34, P.L.S. Gamage 2/43)
Kandy 188/7 (20 Oovers) Run Rate: 9.4
(H.D.R.L. Thirimanne 50, M.D. Shanaka 30, S.T. de Silva 27, K.I.C. Asalanka 22, C. Karunaratne n.o 12,
Dambulla 179/6 (20 Overs) Run Rate: 8.95
(S.M.A. Priyanjan 57, S. Samarawickrama 48, H. Boyagoda 29, I. Udana 25, M. D. Gunathilaka 13, D.M. de Ssilva 2/11, C.A.K. Rajitha 2/47)
Galle 84 All out (17.5 Overs) Run Rate: 4.71
(F.D.M. Karunaratne 17, N. Dickwella 13, N.G.R.P. Jayasuriya 13,
M.D. Gunathilaka 4/21, P.W.H. de Silva 3/11)
By Srian Obeyesekere