The Sri Lanka Cricket Four Day Super Provincial commenced today as Galle took on Colombo and Dambulla got going against Kandy in Hambantota and Katunayake.
All four teams will play each other and the tournament will conclude on the 24th of April 2018.
Dinesh Chandimal (Colombo), Suranga Lakmal (Galle), Angelo Mathews (Kandy) and Dimuth Karunaratne (Dambulla) will lead each side.
Match 1 – Dambulla vs Kandy at Katunayake
Dambulla skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and decided to bat first earlier today. Kusal Mendis was dismissed by Kasun Rajitha and shortly afterward Nipun Karunanayake was sent back to the pavilion. Chamika Karunaratne was the man to pick Nipun’s wicket.
However, skipper Karunaratne steadied the innings with an unbeaten half-century. He was well back by Ashan Priyanjan who is in his 20s.
Score at the stroke of lunch – Dambulla: 111/2 in 28 Overs.
Dambulla: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Nipun Karunanayake, Kusal Mendis, Sachithra Serasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, D M Sarathchandra, Ashan Priyanjan, Ishan Jayaratne, Jeffery Vandersay, Sachithra Senanayake and Milinda Siriwardena.
Kandy: Niroshan Dickwella (Captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Tharanga Paranavitana, Priyamal Perera, Mahela Udawatte, Jeewan Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Charith Asalanka, Prabath Jayasuriya and Lahiru Kumara.
Match 2 – Galle vs Colombo at Hambantota
Galle skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat first. Kaveeshka Anjula’s double had them 4 down for just 59 at the stroke of lunch. MadhawaWarnapura was dismissed for 18 by Ambuldeniya.
However, Roshen Silva and Dasun Shanaka’s slow approach has helped them build some sort of partnership.
Both batsmen are unbeaten approaching their 20s.
Score at the stroke of lunch – Galle: 59/4 in 24 Overs.
Galle: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Madhawa Warnapura, Mohomed Dilshad, Roshen Silva, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Sadeera Samarawickrama, P.C. de Silva, Lahiru Milantha, B O P Fernando and N T Gamage.
Colombo: Kaushal Silva, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Silva, Kaveeshka Anjula, Dilruwan Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando and Lasith Ambuldeniya.
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