Wellawaya Vipers were part of the opening encounter of the UVA T20 Premier League 2020 and won the match by 3 wickets.
Amila Thusara was their most impressive bowler and picked up three wickets from his four overs while conceding 32 runs. Given that both teams scored more than 200 runs, his economy of 8 RPO was decent enough. Anith Bandasa also picked up two wickets while giving away runs at 8.25 RPO.
It was courtesy of the 50 partnership between Chathura Manaranga (63) and Adithya Siriwardhana (35) that the team was able to get a head start towards the mammoth total. An unbeaten 67 from Lahiru Maduwantha off just 36 deliveries at a strike rate of over 185 then saw the team home with 9 balls remaining.
Their opponents Unilions Mahiyanganaya had it way easier in their first match as they crushed Badulla Sea Eagles by 8 wickets to record their first victory of the tournament.
Both Malinda Lokundttige and Sdnal Elwalage picked up three wickets each and were extremely economical.
Opener Kavidu Gunarathne top scored for the side, as expected, with an unbeaten 42 off just 16 deliveries. Hasanjith Munaveera also scored 23 off 10 balls.
Let’s have a look at the squads of both teams:
Unilions Mahiyanganaya – Thilan Tushara (C), Hareen Silva, Manela Udrwatte, Anurudda Rayapaksa, Malinda Lokundttige, Kavidu Gunarathne (Wk), Sdnal Elwalage, Sriyaan Chandimal (Vc), Hasanjith Munaveera, Amal Anapanu, Bathya Jayasuriya, Nisal Perera, Ganuka Herath, Nuwan Pushpakumara, Suranga Wikramasinghe
Wellawaya Vipers – Ajantha Mendis (C), Rashmina Kesara, Lahiru Maduwantha, Chathura Manaranga, Sandun Dushmantha. Chandana Lakmal, Achintha Eranda, Adithya Siriwardhana (Wk), Anith Bandasa, Akila Dushyentha, Amila Senadeera, Amila Thusara, Anjana Lakshan, Pavan Edirisinghe (Vc), Gayan Chathurange
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kavidu Gunarathne (Unilions Mahiyanganaya), Lahiru Maduwantha (Wellawaya Vipers)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Malinda Lokundttige (Unilions Mahiyanganaya), Amila Thusara (Wellawaya Vipers)
Most Sixes – Kavidu Gunarathne (Unilions Mahiyanganaya), Lahiru Maduwantha (Wellawaya Vipers)