Another gutsy performance from Roshen Silva led Galle to the Sri Lanka Super Provincial Four-day Test Title but the Southerners were restricted to a draw in the 6th match against Kandy at Hambantota yesterday (24 April).
Chasing a target of 203, half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sachithra Serasinghe steered Dambulla to the only match win in the entire series in the 5th match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium yesterday.
However, in aggregate, Galle with a higher percentage of first innings wins accumulated 38.03 points, 2.48 points less than Dambulla.
Galle vs Kandy at Hambantota
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, half-centuries from Madawa Warnapura and Dasun Shanaka followed by 168 from Roshen Silva’s bat led Galle to a solid first innings score of 425 in 120 overs.
Kandy’s response was restricted to just 185 in 41 overs. 20-year-old Nishan Peiris picked 6 wickets for just 67 in 16 overs for Galle.
Upul Tharanga’s ton and another solid 89 from main man Silva helped Galle to 306 in 73 overs.
Chasing a massive score of 547, Pathum Nissaka fought back with Niroshan Dickwella by his side on the final day. Kandy made 363 for the loss of just 3 wickets at the end of Day 4.
Nissaka was unbeaten, 12 runs short of his double century.
Dambulla vs Colombo at Rangiri Dambulla
The visitors were in trouble after losing 5 for 52 in the first innings but lower middle order batsman Wanindu Hasaranga and Lasith Abeyrathne steered the side to 210 in 62 overs.
Lahiru Madushanka bagged 5 for 43 for the home side.
Manoj Sarathchandra and Kusal Janith Perera took Dambulla to 359 in response. Sarathchandra made 103 in 181 but KJP was dismissed for 85.
Colombo with a better batting performance in the second innings made 351 in 80 overs, posting a target of 203.
Mendis and Serasinghe led the home side to an easy win on the final day.
In just five innings, middle-order batsman Roshen Silva made 535, 220 runs clear of next best batsman Niroshan Dickwella.
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