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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Nuwan Zoysa reminds the selectors of his existence

Source: Cricinfo

Man-of-the-Match Nuwan Zoysa smashes a six during his 29-ball 48, Sinhalese Sports Club v Moors Sports Club, Premier Limited Over Tournament Tier A final, Colombo, December 23, 2007.

Former Sri Lankan opening bowler and dynamic all rounder Nuwan Zoysa from SSC was named man of the match for another splendid performance on the field.

Zoysa who enjoyed a successful tournament hit a sparkling knock of 48 runs from just 29 deliveries in his team’s total of 243 for 7 wickets and then followed up with a controlled opening spell of bowling to put the brakes on the Moors SC run rate.

Zoysa send down his ten overs on the trot and played a good supporting role to his opening partner Shalika Karunanayake who caused the early damage with three quick wickets.

However Moors SC recovered through a fourth wicket stand of 75 runs between Anil Rideegamanagedera and Dasun Randhika.

The pair revived their innings with some intelligent batting before both departed within the space of seven deliveries.

But a superb piece of fielding from Mahela Jayawardena saw the dismissal of Randhika who was shaping up well having struck four boundaries.

In the next over Anil Rideegammanagedera also made his exit for a hard hit 46 which contained four boundaries.

Another solid 76 run stand for the seventh wicket between skipper Dilhara Lokuhettige and Suresh Perera lifted Moors SC’s hopes as they punished the SSC bowlers to all parts of the ground under fading light.

Lokuhettige hoisted two sixes and struck two boundaries while Suresh Perera also hoisted one six and stroked three boundaries to keep their chances alive. However SSC came back strongly to send back both batsmen inside three deliveries and eventually they finished on top of the run rate when the umpires called off play due to bad light.

Earlier SSC after been put into bat recovered from an early setback to post a competitive total of 243 for 7 from 48 overs.

They reached a shaky 110 for 3 at the half way stage of the innings but two useful knocks from wicket keeper batsman Kaushal Silva and Nuwan Zoysa took them closer towards the 250 run mark.

The former hit a top score of 62 from 89 balls with the help of three boundaries but it was all rounder Zoysa who really accelerated the scoring rate with a brisk 48 from just 29 deliveries inclusive of three sixes and three boundaries.

Silva and Zoysa were associated in a superb 71 run stand for the sixth wicket from just 7.2 overs and that really put SSC in to a commanding position.

T. Paranavithana c Randhika b Ranjith 29
A. Gunawadena c Randhika b Ranjith 33
K. Silva b Welagedera 62
M. Jayawardena run out 21
T. Kandamby c Randhika b Welagedera 25
N. Zoysa c Lokuhettige b Ranjith 48
T. Thushara c Herath b Ranjith 1
S. Karunanayake not out 2
D. Prasad not out 0
Extras (lb11, w10, nb1) 22
TOTAL (for 7 wickets in 48 overs) 243
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-62, 2-76, 3-110, 4-160, 5-231, 6-241, 7-241.
BOWLING: Welegedera 10-0-39-2, Ranjith 10-1-75-4,
Lokuhettige 10-1-35-0, A.Rideegammanagedera 7-0-38-0,
Herath 8-0-30-0, Mudalige 3-0-15-0.

D. Sudarshana lbw b Karunanayake 10
N. Nawala c Gunawardena b Karunanayake 16
R. Peiris c Samaraweera b Karunanayake 2
D. Randhika run out 43
A. R’gedera c and b Senanayake 46
D. Lokuhettige c Jayawardena b Prasad 36
S. Perera b Mirando 39
R. Herath not out 3
N. Ranjith not out 1
Extras (w 9) 9
TOTAL (for 7 wickets in 42.3 overs) 205
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-20, 2-28, 3- 46, 4-121, 5- 124, 6-200, 7-203.
BOWLING: Zoysa 10-0-35-0,Karunanayake 10-1-52-3, D. Prasad 7-1-32-1,
S.Senanayake 9-1-40-1, T. Thushara 4.3-0-34-1, T. Paranavithana 2-0-12-0.


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