Basnahira North on a run spree - 380 for 6
Basnahira North powered by three superb half centuries from opener
Dilshan Munaweera, Gayan Wijekoon and Muthumudalige Pushpakumara went on
a scoring spree as they piled up a huge 380 for 6 in their first innings
on the opening day of their Bank of Ceylon Inter Provincial 4 day
cricket tournament match against MAS Kandurata which commenced at the
Moors SC ground in Braybrooke Place yesterday.
Dashing opener Munaweera led the way with a sparkling knock of 83
from just 77 balls after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.
He hoisted three sixes and struck nine boundaries and also figured in a
opening stand of 62 runs with Dimuth Karunaratne.
The two all rounders Gayan Wijekoon and Muthumudalige Pushpakumara
then took complete control of the situation with a sixth wicket stand of
163 runs. Wijekoon was unbeaten on 66 having struck nine boundaries
while Pushpakumara hit an aggressive 85 inclusive of two sixes and
Spinner Suraj Randiv was the most successful bowler for Kandurata
with three wickets for 124 from a marathon spell of 27 overs.
Basnahira North: 380 for 6 (D. Munaweera 83, D. Karunaratne 34, K.
Silva 19, G. Wijekoon 66 n.o, M. Pushpakumara 85, D. Prasad 20 n.o, C.
Vidanapathirana 2 for 58, S. Randiv 3 for 124) v Kandurata.
Wayamba well set
Wayamba look set to snatch first innings points after they had
bundled out Basnahira South for 120 runs in their first innings on the
opening day of their Bank of Ceylon Inter Provincial cricket tournament
match which commenced at the Pallekelle Stadium in Kandy yesterday.
The pace-spin combination of Chanaka Welagedera and Rangana Herath
played havoc with the Basnahira South batting while sharing seven
wickets between them.
Opener Yohan de Silva and wicket keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardena
were the only batsmen to make any significant contributions for
Wayamba in reply lost wickets at regular intervals but were rescued
by a fighting half century from opener Michael van Dort who struck 63
from 72 balls with the help of one six and eight boundaries.
The two seamers Chinthaka Perera and Janaka Gunaratne caused the
damage with some hostile bowling.
Basnahira South: 120 (Y. de Silva 26, P. Jayawardena 21, C.
Welagedera 4 for 37, R. Herath 3 for 12).
Wayamba: 120 for 5 (M. van Dort 63, J. Gunaratne 2 for 18, C. Perera
3 for 19).