Nagenahira Nagas prevail by 5 runs in rain-hit opening ...

Nagenahira Nagas prevail by 5 runs in rain-hit opening match

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Published on: Aug 11, 2012

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Nagenahira Nagas led by Angelo Mathews defeat the Lasith Malinga led Ruhuna Royals in the opening match of the Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 today at the R Premasad Stadium in Colombo. It was a rain-affected contest at Colombo with no further play possible during the run chase of the Nagas.

By BV Swagath

Nagenahira Nagas led by Angelo Mathews defeated the Lasith Malinga led Ruhuna Royals in the opening match of the Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 today at the R Premasad Stadium in Colombo. It was a rain-affected contest at Colombo with no further play possible during the run chase of the Nagas.

After bowling out Ruhuna Royals for 134, the Nagas were at 77 for 2 in 12 overs. Australian Travis Birt was batting solidly on 33* (from 38 balls with 4 fours) in the run chase for the Nagas which ended abruptly due to rain. Nagenahira Nagas were declared the winners by 5 runs by the D/L Method.

Earlier, Ruhuna Royals batting first after winning the toss kept on losing wickets and as a result couldn’t see any momentum in its innings. Lahiru Thirimanne top scored with 34 from 33 balls with a six. For the Ruhuna Royals, fast bowler Shaminda Eranga claimed 3 for 15 in 4 overs while Ajantha Mendis took 3 for 34 in his 4 overs. There was another good bowling show which came from the tall pacer – Kanishka Alvitigala who conceded only 17 runs in his 4 overs besides a wicket.

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