A good all-round performance by Ruchira Pupulewatte and an elegant unbeaten 59 by left hander Deshan Gunasinghe put the Rajans in control of their match against Anuradhapura Central at Lake View.
Dharmaraja’s ‘Mr Consistent’ Ruchira Pupulewatte collected four scalps for 39 with his left arm leggies. Not satisfied with that, he went in early and made 39. Gunasinghe came good with a neat innings of 59. Venuka Galahitiyawa, more bat than bowler these days, was with Gunasinghe at the close.
Chanuka Kelum and Savindu Sathsara entered the forties and helped their team to a respectable score. Left armer Pasindu Ishantha grabbed three Rajan wickets.
Anurdhapura Central 151 in 50.4 overs
(Chanuka Kelum 40, Savindu Sathsara 42, Sahan Ishara 27, Ruchira Pupulewatte 4-39, Gihan Vitharana 2-30, Venuka Galahitiyawa 2-50).
Dharmaraja 172-4 in 47 overs
(Ruchira Pupulewatte 32, Deshan Gunasinghe 59 n.o., Kavishka Dissanaike 24, Kavinda Ratnaike 21, Venuka Galahitiyawa 17 n.o., Pasindu Ishantha 3-27).