The first two matches of the Sri Lanka Super Provincial One Day International Tournament went in favor of Colombo and Kandy last evening. The two games were held in Colombo and heavy showers interrupted play a few times during the day.
Chasing a score of 259, Lahiru Thirimanne’s ton led Colombo to a comfortable 4 wicket win over Dambulla. Galle made 250 but Kandy in 30 overs scored 217 for just 2 and won by 28 runs (D/L method).
Match 1 Colombo vs Dambulla
The visitors were made to bad first and a solid knock from Kusal Janith Perera on top of the order followed by two half-centuries from Ashan Priyanjan and Milinda Siriwardena took Dambulla to 270 for 6 in the allocated 40 overs.
The match reduced to a 40 over game after heavy showers delayed player in the morning.
Kusal Janith Perera top-scored for Dambulla with 59 in just 40 but Siriwardena made an unbeaten half-century in just 29 deliveries.
Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando, and Thisara Perera picked 2 wickets apiece for Colombo.
In response, Colombo lost both openers in the 4th over but Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhananjaya De Silva rebuilt the innings in the middle overs of the chase. De Silva was dismissed for 41, Thirimanne went on to make an unbeaten 107 in just 99 balls with 10 fours and a six under his name.
The revised target of 259 was chased down in the final over with just 4 wickets to spare.
Match 2 Kandy vs Galle
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Galle top order batsman got starts but failed to get past 30. However, a useful partnership between Roshen Silva and Shammu Ashan took the side to 250 in the 36th over.
Ashan made 72 in just 73 balls for Galle.
Isuru Udana in 8 overs picked 5 for 59 for Kandy.
In response, Kandy openers Niroshan Dickwella and Mahela Udawatte took the game away from Galle with an excellent 137 run partnership. Dickwella was dismissed for 75 in 58 but Udawatte made 116 in 96.
Kandy in total made 217 for 2 when rain stopped play. They were 28 runs ahead.
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