Kandy came from behind to stop Colombo’s unbeaten run by pulling off a superb 7-wicket win while Galle beat Dambulla by 38 runs in the SLC T20 League 2018 matches worked out on Wednesday at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy.
In the first match, Galle, batting first, totaled 163 for 8 wickets in 20 overs and restricted Dambulla to 125 for 9 in 20 overs. Opening batsman Kusal Mendis top scored with 58 off 32 balls inclusive of 4 sixes and 4 boundaries for Galle. Angelo Perera made 34 off 32 balls with 2 boundaries.
Off spinner Amila Aponso was the pick of the bowlers for Dambulla claiming 3 for 22.
Dambulla’s run chase of 164 for victory was sounded by opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka who smashed 73 off 58 balls containing 5 boundaries and 3 sixes, but the rest of the basemen faltered with Ashan Priyanjan the only other batsman to reach double figures. Dambulla’s batsmen came a cropper against some lively pace bowling by Ksun Rajitha who returned figures of 4 for 28.
Meanwhile, Colombo totaled 165 for 7 in 20 overs on a top score of 54 off 35 balls by hard hitting 20-year old Sri Lanka Under-19 batsman Avishka Fernando who struck 4 boundaries and 3 sixes opening the batting. But it was not good enough to sustain Colombo’s unbeaten run in quest of a fifth successive win. Kandy had a stroll in the park finishing on 168 for 3 off 17.3 overs with opener Kusal Janith Perera hammering a 45-ball 84 inclusive of 6 sixes and 6 boundaries while Dasun Shanaka remained unbeaten on a whirlwind 29-ball 60 containing 5 sixes and 3 boundaries.
Galle beat Dambulla by 38 runs
Galle 163/8 (20 Overs) Run Rate: 8.15
(B.K.G. Mendis 58, A.K. Perera 34, J.K.C. Daniel n.o. 13, S.S.D. Arachchige 10,
M.A. Aponso 3/22)
Dambulla 125/9 (20 Overs) Run Rate: 6.25
(M.D. Gunathilaka 73, S.M.A. Priyanjan 11, C.A.K. Rajitha 4/28, S.S.D. Arachchige 2/32)
Kandy beat Colombo by 7 wickets
Colombo 165/7 (20 Overs) Run Rate: 8.25
(W.I.A. Ferando 54, P.A.R.P. Perera 30, M.L. Udawatte 22, B.M.A.J. Mendis 15, G.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya 12, P.C. de Silva 11, P.M. Puhpakumara 2/25)
Kandy 168/3 (17.3 Overs) Run Rate: 9.6
(M.D.K.J. Perera 84, M.D. Shanaka n.o. 60, A.D. Mathews 12, P.B.B. Rajapaksa n.o. 10, G.S.N.F.G. Jayasuriya 2/27)
By Srian Obeyesekere