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Unbeaten Greys or resurgent Reds?

 

 

 

By Ishani Upatharitha

RESULTS

12-13 August:

1. Greys beat Greens by 1 run

2. Blues beat Reds 56 runs

14 August:

3. Greys beat Reds by 35 runs

4. Blues beat Greens by 5 wickets

16 August:

5. Reds beat Greens by 10 wickets

6. Greys beat Blues by 16 runs

18 August:

7. Reds beat Blues by 6 wickets

8. Greys beat Greens by 4 runs (D/L)

21 August:

9. Blues vs. Greens – No result

10. Greys vs. Reds – Abandoned

22 August:

11. Greys vs. Blues – No result

12. Reds beat Greens by 6 wickets

 

Unbeaten Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Greys and SLC Reds will meet in the final of the Dialog – SLC Invitational T20 League at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium at 7 p.m. today (24).

National white-ball Skipper Dasun Shanaka will lead the Greys while former national Captain Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Reds.

The tournament is conducted by SLC in preparations for the upcoming South Africa series next month and the T20 World Cup in October.

Disturbances by rain and Covid fears

Four teams, namely SLC Blues, SLC Greens, SLC Greys, and SLC Reds, took part in the 13-day tournament. Each team played six games in the league phase before the one-off final.

Yet many matches were interrupted due to rain while Covid-19 fears caused postponement of some matches when the four teams had to be relocated in different hotels midway of the event.

Players to look for

Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Lahiru Madushanka, Kamil Mishara, Nuwanidu Fernando, and Lasith Croospulle will power Greys’ batting today. Pulina Tharanga and Nuwan Pradeep are their leading bowlers.

Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, and Asela Gunaratne are the Reds’ leading batsmen. Right-arm pacer Himesh Ramanayake is their leading wicket-taker so far with Seekkuge Prasanna and Chamika Karunaratne holding the key in bowling.

Leading batsmen of the tournament:

1. Dasun Shanaka (Greys) – 210 runs at 52.50           

2. Kamindu Mendis (Greens) – 193 runs at 96.50

3. Dinesh Chandimal (Reds) – 169 runs at 42.25

4. Pathum Nisshanka (Greens) – 167 runs at 41.75

5. Sadeera Samarawickrama – 155 runs at 38.75

Leading bowlers of the tournament:

1. Himesh Ramanayake (Reds) – 7 wickets at 12.85

2. Seekkuge Prasanna (Reds) – 7 wickets at 14.14

3. Chamika Karunaratne (Reds) – 5 wickets at 18.60

4. Nuwan Pradeep (Greys) – 5 wickets at 21.20

5. Pulina Tharanga (Greys) – 5 wickets at 21.40

TEAMS:

SLC Greys:

Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Charith Asalanka (Vice Captain), Nuwan Pradeep, Minod Bhanuka, Chathuranga de Silva, Lahiru Madushanka, Milinda Siriwardana, Nuwanidu Fernando, Lasith Croospulle, Kamil Mishara, Pulina Tharanga, Chamika Gunasekera, Himasha Liyanage, Ashian Daniel, Matheesha Pathirana, and Udith Madushan

Support Staff:

Upul Chandana (Head Coach), Saman Jayantha (Asst. Coach), Aravinda Jayadeva (Physio), and Charith Senanayake (Manager)

SLC Reds:

Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Avishka Fernando (Vice Captain), Akila Dhananjaya, Oshada Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Prabath Jayasuriya, Santhush Gunathilake, Muditha Lakshan, Himesh Ramanayake, Nipun Dhananjaya, and Lasith Aberatne

Support Staff:

Ruvin Peiris (Head Coach), Sajeewa Weerakoon (Asst. Coach), Sanjeewa Gamage (Physio), and Shane Fernando (Manager)