Paceman Lahiru Samarakoon turned batting saviours as he halted Maliyadeva’s advances with an attacking innings of 48 not out at Lake View.
Dharmaraja had lost quite a few of their front liners when Samarakoon strode to the centre at number eight. He managed to turn the tide with a composed 69-ball knock.
Earlier, Deshan Gunasinghe showed signs of emerging from a barren spell, with a neat innings of 36. Vithana and Gunawardena were the only other batsmen to enter double figures.
Maliyadeva’s left-handed pair of Vishva Dissanaike (leg spin) and Sanjeevan Priyadarshana (Chinaman) accounted for five of the wickets.
Rain and bad light compelled an early closure at 3.30 p.m.
Dharmaraja 148-7 in 46.3 overs (Deshan Gunasinghe 36, Gihan Vitharana 18, Lahiru Samarakoon 48 not out, Kasun Gunawardena 15; Vishva Dissanaike 3-27, Sanjeevan Priyadarshana 2-18) vs Maliyadeva.