SLC Blues got the better of SLC Greys when they registered a 4 wicket win in another low scoring game on Wednesday (10) under lights at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
Electing to bat, SLC Greys were off to a poor start with opener Ashan Randika (3) departing cheaply. Despite a poor start, Dabare and one down batter Sangeeth Cooray (21) showed positive intent building a 51-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, but the rest of the batters didn’t make any significant contribution and SLC Greys were restricted to 115/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Thanuka Dabare was the only batter to impress with a top score of 33 runs off 30 deliveries, while none of the other batters looked comfortable in the middle.
Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama was the architect of the collapse picking up 3 wickets, while Chamika Karunarathne chipped in with 2 wickets.
Blues followed a similar script in the run chase, losing opener Sadeera Samarawickrama (9) cheaply. After the early set back, Lahiru Udara together with skipper Charith Asalanka added a 41-run partnership for the second wicket, with Asalanka top scoring with a watchful 20 ball 29 runs inclusive of 4 boundaries.
He was well supported by Udara who chipped in with 16 runs before Milan Rathnayake got the breakthrough in the 8th over.
Rathnayake was once again up to the task claiming the all-important wicket of set batter Charith Asalanka in the 10th over to apply the brakes on the Blues innings.
With Blues reeling at 59-3, Dhananjaya de Silva along with Ashen Bandara revived their innings with a 43-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help the team go past the 100-run mark at the end of the 14th over.
With things going well for the Blues, back-to-back wickets, including that of Dhananjaya de Silva (17), saw momentum shift to the Greys team, and they continued to bowl a good line and length to keep their opponents in check.
However, positive intent from middle order batter Ashen Bandara (27*) saw them achieve their target with 9 balls to spare.
Milan Rathnayake was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-20.
With the win Blues climbed to the top of the points table with 4 points in two matches, while Reds and Greens are placed second and third with 2 points. Greys are rock bottom and still searching for their first win of the tournament.
SLC Greys: 115/9 (20) (Thanuka Dabare 33, Sangeeth Cooray 21, Praveen Jayawickrama 3/13, Chamika Karunarathne 2/22)
SLC Blues: 119/6 (18.3) (Charith Asalanka 29, Ashen Bandara 27*, Milan Rathnayake 3/20)
By Mustaq Sydeen