Dambulla win in last ball thriller

Colombo captain Dinesh Chandimal hits to leg during his knock of 76 against Kandy in the Super Provincial limited-over match played at the NCC grounds yesterday.
Colombo captain Dinesh Chandimal hits to leg during his knock of 76 against Kandy in the Super Provincial limited-over match played at the NCC grounds yesterday.

In the other match played at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla squeezed out a last ball one-wicket win over Galle in a thrilling encounter.

Galle seemed to have the game in their control when they picked up the first six Dambulla wickets for 174 runs by the 37th over. But a 53-run stand off 64 balls between Ashan Priyanjan (33) and Dilruwan Perera (29) brought them back into contention so that at the start of the final over they were 245-7.

But Seekkuge Prasanna bowling the final over dismissed Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara with the first and fourth balls with the scores tied at 250-9. It was left to last pair Lahiru Kumara and Hasitha Fernando to score the winning run which came off the final ball of the match.

Results:

l At Dambulla: Dambulla beat Galle by one wicket.

Galle 250-8 in 50 overs (Chathuranga de Silva 56, Seekkuge Prasanna 46, Suranga Lakmal 33 n.o., Upul Tharanga 26, Chamika Karunaratne 24 n.o., Dimuth Karunaratne 24, Milinda Siriwardana 2/18, Dilruwan Perera 2/28, Lahiru Kumara 2/52)

Dambulla 251-9 in 50 overs (Harsha Cooray 46, Milinda Siriwardana 39, Udara Jayasundara 33, Ashan Priyanjan 33, Dilruwan Perera 29, Kusal Mendis 21, Chamika Karunaratne 2/23, Chathuranga de Silva 2/36, Seekkuge Prasanna 2/46, Malinda Pushpakumara 2/47)

l At NCC grounds: Colombo beat Kandy by 106 runs.

Colombo 288-8 in 50 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 76, Dilshan Munaweera 52, Lahiru Thirimanne 49, Wanindu Hasaranga 49, Nuwan Pradeep 3/56, Charith Asalanka 2/32)

Kandy 182 in 38 overs (Sachith Pathirana 46, Chamara Kapugedera 36, Sandun Weerakkody 29, Wanindu Hasaranga 3/37, Sachithra Senanayake 3/39, Dilshan Munaweera 2/18)


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