A five for by left arm spinner Venuka Galahitiyawa made certain that Maliyadeva was restricted to 156 in Dharmaraja’s game at the Maliyadeva grounds.
By the close, the home team spearheaded by Sachintha Pieris had hit back to have their visitors on the ropes at 123-7. The battle for the first innings lead could prove interesting.
Good knocks from Prabash Keppetipola and Dulaj Ranatunga (39 and 36 respectively) saw Maliyadeva dismissed for a moderate total. Galaphiyawa was the wrecker in chief.
Nivantha Herath, Dishan Gunasinghe and Kavinda Ratnayake made small but useful contributions. Sachchintha Peiris proved a thorn in the Rajains flesh.
Maliyadeva 156 in 53 overs (Prabash Keppetipoal 39, Dulaj Ranatunga 36, Sachchintha Pieris 22, Venuka Galahitiyawa 5-51, Gihan Seneviratne 2-9, Tharusha Weragoda 2-10)
Dharmaraja 123 for 7 in 38.4 overs (Nivantha Herath 26, Deshan Gunasinghe 25, Kavinda Ratnayake 24, Sachchintha Pieris 4-17, Lakshan Somaweera 2-26)