A fourth straight win steered Colombo to the all-important finals of the ongoing SLC Twenty20 League with four games yet to be played. Colombo thrashed Galle by 7 wickets after restricting them to just 131 for 8 in the game on August 26 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.
Meanwhile, Dambulla climbed to 6 points beating Kandy by just 6 runs on the same day at the same venue.
Colombo vs Galle at Dambulla
Galle, after winning the toss and deciding to bat first made 131 for 8 in the allocated 20 overs. Kusal Mendis made 36, Dhananjaya De Silva scored 44 in just 30 but Akila Dhananjaya picked 3 for 28 in his 4 overs for Colombo.
Chasing a score of 132, top order batsman Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal made it look ever so easy. The target was chased down with 7 wickets and 4 overs to spare.
Tharanga top scored with 81 in just 41, Chandimal made a run-a-ball 38.
Dambulla vs Kandy in Dambulla
Kandy, after asking Dambulla to bat first, conceded 217 for 4 in the allocated 20 overs. Danushka Gunathilaka made 87 in 54 while Ramith Rambukwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Wanindu Hasaranga and Isuru Udana came up with useful contributions.
However, Lasith Malinga only gave away 25 in his 4 over spell.
Kandy lost 3 quick wickets during the chase but Dasun Shanaka and former U19 skipper Charith Asalanka reconstructed the innings before taking it down the wire. Nisala Tharaka and Lasith Malinga smashed a few towards the end but Kandy fell 6 runs short of a memorable win.
Dilruwan Perera and Lahiru Madushanka picked 2 wickets apiece for the home team. With four games to go, Dambulla will most likely play in the finals against Colombo.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga is likely to make it to the squad for the Asia Cup.
“It is the same with Lasith Malinga. At one juncture he was not ready to play 50 overs. We tried quite a few fast bowlers down the line. We were concentrating more on World Cup hopefuls so we rested Malinga and concentrated on younger players. Now we have brought in the experience of Malinga and we are looking as to how he is faring in the current T-20 tournament. Then if his fitness levels and form are okay he will definitely be a part of the Asia Cup tournament,’ said chief selector Graeme Labrooy.
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