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Sri Lanka are through to the ICC T-20 World Cup following their big win over Ireland yesterday here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The former champions started off poorly after being told to bat first losing three wickets for eight runs but a record 123 run stand for the fourth wicket between Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka bailed them out. Having set Ireland a target of 172, Sri Lanka bowled them out for 101 to win by 70 runs
Dasun Shanaka’s side had recorded a big win in their first game against Namibia as well on Monday and following yesterday’s win, they are certain of topping the group which means they will avoid the Asian bloc in the business end of the competition.
They will be in the easier group in the Super 12 stage playing alongside West Indies, Australia, England, South Africa and one other qualifier.
There were scary scenes here as Ireland reduced Sri Lanka to eight for three inside two overs as left-arm quick Joshua Little took two wickets in two balls. Without letting Bhanuka Rajapaksa face the hat-trick ball, they gambled by promoting Wanindu Hasaranga to number five slot. That paid rich dividends as Hasaranga added a career best 71 off 47 balls with ten fours and one six to give Sri Lanka a commanding total.
Hassaranga was well backed up by Pathum Nissanka, who finished on 61 off 46 balls with six fours and one six.
The pair were involved in a record 123 run stand for the fourth wicket that came off just 82 balls.
It was the introduction of off-spinner Simi Singh in the Power Play that helped Sri Lanka to cut loose as Hasaranga cashed in with an array of boundaries.
Sri Lanka did not look back from thereon posting a commanding total.
Skipper Dasun Shanaka’s big hitting came in handy in the death overs as he finished off well taking Sri Lanka’s score beyond 170. He was unbeaten on 21.
Ireland never had any momentum during the run chase and were shot out for 101 without utilizing their 20 overs as they struggled against the spinners. Maheesh Theekshana picked up three for 17 while Hasaranga was equally good conceding just 12 runs in his four overs for one wicket.
Sri Lanka will now move to one of their favourite venues; Sharjah where they will play Netherlands in their last qualifying round game. The Dutch are knocked out of the competition having lost both their games.
Quarter-finals from today
Under 19 Division III Tier ‘B’ Cricket
The quarter-finals of the Under 19 Inter Schools Division III Tier ‘B’ cricket tournament conducted by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association will commence with the Maris Stella College, Thimbirigaskatuwa meeting Wickramabahu National School, Gampola at Wickramashila National School ground Giriulla today.
Quarter-finals line up
Maris Stella, Thimbirigaskatuwa V Wickramabahu NS, Gampola at Giriulla
Ananda NS, Puttalam V Sri Sumangala, Kelaniya at Giriulla
Hindu College, Matale V St. Michael’s College, Batticalloa at Polonnaruwa
D.S. Senanayake, Ampara V Pannala NS at Polonnaruwa
Neyara to meet Anjalike in the women’s singles final
Neyara Weerawansa beat top seed Savini Jayasuriya in the semi-final to book a final berth in the women’s singles final against Anjalika Kurera in the 106th Colombo Championships at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.
The semi-final, which recommenced on Monday after being interrupted by wet weather on the previous day, the British School Colombo player scored 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 to oust last year finalist Jayasuriya.
She will now encounter Anjalika Kurera in the final.
Aahil Kaleel Under 12 champion
Meanwhile, S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia player Aahil Kaleel beat Methika Wickramasinghe to win the Under 12 boys singles title on Sunday. He scored 1-4, 4-2, 10-7 in the final after edging out Pasindu Rukunnayake (quarter-final) and Chaminda Abeysinghe (semis).
Hayleys crowned winners of MCA premier league
Hayleys Group Recreation Club (HGRC) led by Avishka Fernando were crowned as the “League” winners of the 28th Singer-MCA Premier League which came to conclusion with a glittering awards presentation held at the MCA Legends New Wing on Thursday.
Though the tournament had a pre-mature ending, Hayleys by virtue of being unbeaten led the table of points at the point when the tournament was stopped. The MCA Tournament Committee with the consent of the rest of the three teams, decided to award the league title to Hayleys.
Hayleys, playing only their third season in the MCA Premier League, won the T20 title under Avishka Fernando in the previous season.
On their way to the title Hayleys beat HNB (by five wickets), CDB Finance (by 96 runs), John Keells (by two wickets) and HNB in their return game (by two wickets).
Avishka Fernando captained the title winning Hayleys team.
Hayleys squad included Avishka Fernando (Captain), Prabath Jayasuriya (VC), Dilruwan Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chathuranga de Silva, Ron Chandraguptha, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nimesha Gunasinghe, Pasindu Thirimadura, Kavishka Anjula, Santhush Gunatillake, Kalana Perera, Vishad Randika, Navindu Fernando, Mohamed Shamaaz, Lahiru Tirimanne, Binura Fernando, Lasith Embuldeniya, Thashik Perera, Kabil Kapilraj, Lakshina Rodrigo and Sahan Nanayakkara. They were coached by Nishantha Weerasinghe with Vimukthi Deshapriya as the assistant coach. Pramoth Fernando was the manager.
Awards were given away by the Chief Guest, CEO, Singer Group Companies, Mahesh Wijewardene, Marketing Director, Singer SL, PLC, Shamil Perera and MCA Officials, President, Nalin Wickremesinghe, Senior Vice President and Chairman Tournament Committee, Mahesh de Alwis and Vice President Sirosha Gunatillake.
It was a memorable moment for Hayleys Group Chairman and CEO, Mohan Pandithage, Group Head HR, Dharshi Thalpahewa and the HGRC Officials – Jeramy Anandappa (President), Mohan Fernando (VP) and Ruchina Jayatillaka (Co Ordinator), who were present at the event.
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