Danushka Gunathilaka’s ton outsmarted Dinesh Chandimal’s efforts as the Sinhalese Sports Club got the better of Nondescripts Cricket Club to win the all-important finals of the Sri Lanka Cricket Major League Limited Over Tournament at SSC Grounds earlier this month.
Batting first, Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga’s dismissal had NCC in a bit of trouble but Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal’s century steered the side to a competitive total of 236 for 10 in 48.2 overs. Angelo Perera made 21.
Dammika Prasad picked 3 wickets, Thisara Perera and Jeffrey Vandersay bagged two apiece for SSC.
In response, the hosts were off to a fantastic start but wickets kept falling from one end. Angelo Perera and Dasun Shanaka’s support encouraged Danushka Gunathilaka who went on to get a useful ton under pressure. Gunathilaka was dismissed for 119.
Charith Asalanka and Thisara Perera saw the side to a well deserved 4 wicket win with less than 5 overs to spare.
Dinesh Chandimal ton under pressure
Dinesh Chandimal has failed to deliver in Twenty20 cricket but his form in the longer format has been exceptional. The century under pressure will give him self-confidence as SL prepares for the series against West Indies.
Danushka Gunathilaka’s fightback
Gunathilaka has been brilliant all-round for Sri Lanka. However, he has failed to go on and make big centuries from club and country. This innings for SSC will not just restore faith in the selectors but boost the left hander’s confidence when Sri Lanka play West Indies in a couple of months.
A couple more tons in the four-day provincial tourney will help him cement his place on top of the order for the tour against WI. However, the selectors will also keep an eye on Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga.
Dammika Prasad’s attempt to return to the national side
Dammika Prasad is yet to play Test cricket after returning from injury. His three wickets for SSC will help him bounce back before the Tests against West Indies. With his return to the side, Sri Lanka will feel confident against when they take on England later this year.
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