The Zahirians probably had more positives from their drawn match against Dharamaraja at Lake View.
They made the right decision to declare at the overnight total. Headed by left-arm pacie Hashni Hussian, they reduced the Rajans to 89-5.
It was opener Ruchira Pupulewatte who prevented a possible Rajan collapse with a solid knock of 50 not out in 111 balls. He reached the boundary eight times during his innings. Nivantha Herath was the only other batsman to come to terms with the Zahirian attack.
The match was called off at 2.00 p.m. Had play continued, the battle for the lead would have been interesting.
Zahira 182-5 decl in 59 overs
Dharmaraja 89-5 in 38 overs (Ruchira Pupulewatte 50 n.o., Nivantha Herath 21; Hushni Hussain 2-11, Ramzan Rafaideen 1-12, Ishan Samsudeen 1-25).