Kandamby knock fails to secure win
Thilina Kandamby played a lone hand scoring a career best
innings of 93 not out off 129 balls (9 fours), but could not
prevent India from winning the second one-day international by
15 runs and taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series at the R
Premadasa Stadium under lights yesterday.
Sri Lanka chasing an Indian total of 256-9 were eventually
dismissed in the final over for 241 with the last three wickets
falling to run outs. In fact after Chamara Kapugedera’s
departure at 187 in the 43rd over, none of the late order
batters could stay long enough to lend support to Kandamby. The
last four wickets fell for 13 runs as the asking rate mounted
steadily against tight Indian bowling and sharp fielding. The
result of three run outs told the story how much pressure India
exerted on the Lankan batting.
Sri Lanka got off to one of their worst starts chasing India’s
total when they slumped to 36-3 by the eighth over. Each of
India’s three seamers picked up a wicket in their opening spells
or rather were presented with wickets as Dilshan, Jayasuriya and
Sangakkara all perished playing extravagant shots. It was left
to out of form skipper Mahela Jayawardene and Kandamby to
ressurect the innings and put it back on track. Considering the
situation the team was in they began rather cautiously picking
up singles and twos. Cricket in this period was rather
pedestrian but the pair made certain the scoreboard was kept
ticking lest they fall way behind on the asking rate. The last
boundary was hit in the 19th over and the next did not come till
the 34th when Jayawardene snapped the shackles somewhat after 88
hitting Raina for a six over midwicket. Sri Lanka needed more of
that kind if they were to turn the game around in their favour.
With a push to mid on Jayawardene brought up his 49th ODI
half-century off 73 balls with a six and a four. It was a long
overdue knock from the captain, going 13 innings without a
single fifty. His half-century was also against India when he
made 94 at the same venue in August last year. Unfortunately for
Jayawardene he could not convert it into a big score attempting
an inside out shot trying to go over extra cover but only
succeeding in putting up a gentle catch. The
Jayawardene-Kandamby stand realised exactly 100 runs off
Kapugedera joined Kandamby and continued the run chase. Kandamby
continuing to impress as a middle order batsman moved to his
second ODI fifty off 93 balls (3 fours). Sri Lanka took their
batting power play at the start of the 42nd over at 177-4 but
lost Kapugedera for 31 off 29 balls when he gave Sharma the
charge but only succeeded in edging a catch to Dhoni. Kapugedera
helped Kandamby in a fifth wicket stand that realised 51 off 48
A well-paced out half-century from Yuvraj Singh saw India reach
256-9 after Dhoni had won his second toss of the series and
decided to bat on a pitch that looked dry. Yuvraj top scored
with an 88-ball knock off 66 which comprised seven fours and a
six before being given out leg before wicket to Nuwan Kulasekera
after inside edging the ball onto his pads. His departure at 180
in the 34th over saw Sri Lanka come back into the match which at
one time seemed to be going India’s way following an 85-run
stand off 74 balls between Yuvraj and Suresh Raina (29).
They picked up four wickets for 76 as the Indian innings lost
momentum from there onwards with no batsmen able to make any
major contributions although skipper Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan got
into their twenties.
Sri Lanka began well by taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar
for six in the third over. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir
steadied the innings with a stand of 49 off 31 balls before
Farveez Maharoof ended it by having Gambhir caught behind for
27. Sehwag followed three overs later when he was run out by a
accurate throw from Jayasuriya from deep mid wicket as he
attempted a third run. Sehwag who missed the first ODI won by
India at Dambulla by six wickets hit an entertaining 42 off 26
balls with seven fours and looked in prime form to take the
attack to the Lankan bowlers.
Although Kulasekera, Maharoof and Mendis picked up two wickets
apiece Sri Lanka’s best bowler was off-spinner Muthiah
Muralitharan who was denied a wicket whilst conceding 32 runs
off 10 overs. Muralitharan needs two more wickets to become the
highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals surpassing
Pakistani Wasim Akram who currently holds the world record with
Ishant Sharma was chosen man of the match.
Royal outplays Dharmaraja
Under 19 School Cricket
By Samiddha Rathnayake
Royal cruised to their 7th win of the season inflicting an
innings and 13-run defeat on Dharmaraja at their 1st XI cricket
fixture played at Reid Avenue yesterday. Having a 198 lead,
Royal enforced the follow-on at the start of the second day.
Though Buwanaka Ekanayake (31) and Rahula Ekanayake (70) showed
some resistance to the wicket-to-wicket bowling of Royal pacie
Lakshan Landewela (3/27) and leggy Maneesha Thantrigoda (4/71),
the rest of the Dharmaraja batting didn’t show any improvement
over their pathetic first innings display.
Dharmaraja 64 and 178 (59.5) (Buwanaka Ekanayake 31, Rahula
Ekanayake 70, Prathap Silva 25, Lakshan Landewela 3/27, Maneesha
Angelo, Chathura star for St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s pacie Chathura Peiris grabbed a match bag of 9-56,
which included a second innings hat-trick, which helped St.
Peter’s to a 110-run win over Maris Stella, Negombo in the
cricket encounter at Bambalapitiya yesterday. This is also the
seventh win of the season for Peterites. Earlier Angelo Perera
added a mammoth 155 not out in just 103 balls which included 4
massive sixes and 17 fours.
St.Peter’s 143-3 contd 368-7 dec (70) (Angelo Perera 155 n.o.,
Akshu Fernando 49 n.o., Isuru Peiris 32, Vimukthi Dassanayake
3/93, Dushmantha Chameera 2/100)
Maris Stella 166 and 92 (34.1) (Ashen Silva 28 n.o., Chathura
Peiris 4/26, Vinod Perera 2/18, Angelo Perera 2/13).
Sameera foxes S. Thomas’
Immaculate leg-spin by Sameera Weerasinghe who grabbed a match
bag of 13 for 55 took St. Joseph’s to an innings and 24-run win
over S.Thomas’ at a match played at Darly Road yesterday. This
was also the third win of the season for the Josephians.
St. Joseph’s 248
S. Thomas’ 29-2 contd 105 (48.3) (Chulaka Kumarasinghe 21,
Chamod Pathirana 29, Sameera Weerasinghe 6/28, Rosco 2/15) and
117 (55.3) (Ashen Fernando 32, Fahim Saleem 21, Sameera 7/27).
Draw at Katugastota
Batsmen from both sides dominated the high scoring draw between
Ananda and St. Anthony’s which ended at Katugastota yesterday.
Ananda 283-8 dec and 24-1 (6) (Dinesh Chandimal 18 n.o., Adil
St. Anthony’s 34-1 contd 335 (106.1) (Yohan Woods 72, Dulash
Kumarasinghe 25, Jerome Siegertsz 41, Kasun Ekanayake 30, Adil
Reyel 55, Bandara Ranaraja 54, Sachithra Perera 4/58, Ruchira
Maduka impresses for President’s College
President’s college off-spinner Maduka Liyanapathirana’s match
bag of 11-120 was the only highlight at the drawn game between
Zahira and President’s, Rajagiriya played at Maradana yesterday.
Zahira 274 and 131 (37.5) (Mohamed Irshad 26, Imras Rasy 21,
Isham Ghouse 21, Mohamed Hilam 21 n.o., Maduka Liyanapathirana
6/46, Sagara Vimukthi 3/31)
President’s 129-3 contd 230 (76) (Sagara Wimukthi 50, Chathura
Wanniarachchi 43, Chamath Silva 49, Isham Ghouse 3/50, Mohamed
Shadeer 2/30, Isham Mohamed3/65).
Thisaru ton swells P.O.W. total
Prince of Wales is on top at the end of the first day’s play in
the match between Prince of Wales and Richmond started at
Moratuwa yesterday. Richmond was 7-0 at close of play.
Prince of Wales 297-8 dec (86) (Thisaru de Mel 102 (14 fours),
Buddhika de Alvis 43, Shehan Jayasuriya 57, Malshan Mendis 29, T
Nadeera 3/92, Dananjaya de Silva 2/64)
Richmond 7-0 (7) at close.
Serena regains Aussie Open
Serena Williams swept aside
Dinara Safina 6-0 6-3 to claim a fourth Australian Open crown
and the 10th Grand Slam singles title of her career.
The American second seed, 27, stormed to the first set in just
22 minutes as the Russian crumbled under the pressure of her
second Grand Slam final.
Safina, seeded three, did break at the start of the second set
but Williams broke back and soon wrapped up victory.
The win in Melbourne also saw Williams become the new world
She collected her second trophy in Melbourne this year after she
and sister Venus took the women’s doubles title on Friday.
Williams went into the final with a 5-1 record and huge edge in
Grand Slam experience over Safina, and it showed.
The Russian had disappointed in her first major final in Paris
last year and it was a similar story this time as a relaxed and
confident Williams powered to victory.
Three double faults in Safina’s first service game gave a sign
of things to come and some heavy forehands took Serena to a
double break at 4-0.
The first set was over in 22 minutes when two more Safina errors
handed over a third break of serve and a thrashing looked
There was a brief glimpse of a competitive encounter when Safina
broke at the start of the second set, hammering a backhand
return past the American.
But, despite one very wayward volley, Williams broke back
immediately and a couple more Safina double faults two games
later made it 3-1.
The rest of the set went with serve, with no apparent danger of
a Safina comeback and one air-shot providing an especially
embarrassing moment for the Russian.
Williams clenched her fist as she fired an ace for 30-0 when
serving for the match and two points later Safina sent a
backhand wide to end the match after just 58 minutes.
“Not much to say as I didn’t spend one hour on the court,”
Safina admitted afterwards.
“Serena Williams played just too good - I was just the ball boy
on the court today.”
Williams said: “Dinara will have a great future - she is hitting
so hard I just had to go for broke against her.” (BBC)