Wayamba beat Redbacks by 5 wickets

Sri Lankan domestic T20 champions Wayamba Elevens took on 2010 Big Bash runners-up South Australian Redbacks in a practice game at the Centurion this afternoon. After winning the toss Jehan Mubarak, the Wayamba captain, had no hesitation in putting South Australia in to bat.

The Redbacks batsmen, who had clicked well to grab a seven-wicket win against Central Stags in a practice match, were not as efficient today. Their top order was unable to handle the Wayamba pace attack and at 95 for five it looked like the Redbacks would fold without putting up a competitive score. But Cameron Borgas and Daniel Christian fought back with a partnership of 60 runs that saw Redbacks post a total of 155 runs for eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Mahela Jayawardene then carried his good form as an opener from this year’s IPL into Wayamba’ reply and together with Jeevantha Kulatunga posted a robust 94-run partnership for the opening wicket. Jayawardene fell for an individual score of 56, but a handy contribution of 31 from Mahela Udawatte meant that Wayamba returned with a convincing five-wicket win.

Brief ScoresWayamba Elevens 159 for 5 (Mahela Jayawardene 56, Daniel Christian 2-14) beat South Australian Redbacks 155 for 8 (Daniel Christian 44, Chanaka Welagedara 3-30) by 5 wickets

  • navin

    dear moderator ,
    what has happened to wayamba elevans second warmup match against titans……can u give us a brief score

  • riyaz

    clt20 is a great cricketing event. Congratulations to Sri Lanka team. They became greater names in Cricket world beating and replacing great names in the Cricketing world in their first encounter with them. These are the players Lanka should have even for its One Dayers and 20/20 matches. Players like Jeewantha Kulatunga in purticular was very interesting to watch and it is very unfortunate Lanka is not making use of his talents giving him a place in the National Team. – Rizna

  • dankan

    again and again jeevantha kulatunga shows his class stood 94 runs open wicket partner ship aand got good indivdual score ,,, i think jeevantha kulatunga is the best opener after dilshan and jayawardane….. so jeevantha kulatunga should be replaced instead of tharanga

  • wijayatunga

    Well-done Mahela and Chanaka, keep on doing well. Also others should come forward and get strength.