Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy
A superb all round performance by the Bandaranaike boys from Gampaha made Dharmaraja eat humble pie in their match at Lake View.
The visitors made a massive 453-7 before declaring. Dilhara Polgampola and Minoy Senanayake made hundreds and found few terrors in the Rajan attack. Vinod Srivinda and Wageesha Wanniarachchi made half centuries to heap further pressue on the home team.
In reply, the Rajans were bowled out for 312, to concede a first innings lead of 141. Nivantha Herath took the batting honours with a well-compiled knock of 130, which contained 19 fours. Bavantha Udangamuwa and Ruchira Pupulewatte put on 70 for the first wicket.
The Rajans will have to lift themselves for this Friday’s key game against the formidable Trinitians.
Bandaranaike MV, Gampaha 453-7 in 104 overs
(Dilhara Polgampola 121, Minoy Senanayake 106, Vinoj Srivinda 58, Sasira Adikari 41, Wageesha Wanniarachchi 62, Ruchira Pupulewatte 3-130).
Dharmaraja 312 in 97 overs
(Ruchira Pupulewatte 24, Bavantha Udangamuwa 39, Shehan Vitharana 36, Nivantha Herath 130, Heshan Gunasinghe 15, Asmitha Rajapakse 22, Supun Vithanarachchi 26, Janidu Jayawardena 5-96, Minoy Senanayke 2-61, Vimath Jayaweera 3-75).