Mathews, Nazir star in Nagas victory
Nagenahira Nagas registered a classy seven wickets victory over Kandurata Waririors in the fifth game of the SLPL, played at at R Premadasa stadium on Monday. Chasing a target of 160, full credit to the front line batsmen of Nagenahira Nagas led by Imran Nazir. Skipper of the Nagenahira Nagas, Angelo Mathews, had a good day scoring a bright 42 facing 36 deliveries. On his way to this 42 he had four boundaries and a six.
The other batsman to shine for the victorious team was Ahmed Shehzad who contributed 34 which include four hits to the ropes facing 30 balls. The openers kept the required run rate of eight runs from the start and mad 85 for no wickets in 8.3 overs.
Thanks to Thisara Perera's brilliant knock of 74, Kandurata Warriors reached a healthy total of 159 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Perera's innings of only 33 balls saved his side from humiliation and disaster as they were struggling at 92 for five at one stage
Perera used the long handle to its best to crack four fours and same number of sixes at a critical time. If not for his thrashing, Kandurata Warriors would have faced a difficult situation. In addition to Perera’s contribution, Misbah Ul-Haq and Kithruwan Vithanage too scored 24 runs each for Kandurata Warriors. Kandurata Warriors, who won the toss elected to bat, lost experienced Samaraweera for one run. Later, Withanage and Misbah Ul Haq were associated in a good partnership as Kandurata reached 57 in the 9th over. The game took a different turn with Thisara Perera sending the ball to all parts of the field to increase the run rate for the Kandurata Warriors.
- By B. R. Perera