Dharmaraja begin season with win
September 15, 2016, 9:27 pm
Special Sports Correspondent in Kandy
Dharmaraja began the season on a victorious note when they beat Dharmasoka by four wickets at Lake View.
There were two outstanding performances in this game. Rajan spinner Rukmal Dissanaike had a match-bag of 8-104. For the visitors Kavindu Nadeeshan, a leggie, had match figures of 9-94.
The Sokians are to blame for this defeat, as they adopted a careful attitude in their first innings and lasted only 36.5 overs. This allowed Dharmaraja time and space to build up a biggish total, bowl them out a second time and knock off the required runs.
Dharmasoka 175 and 203 in 53.3 overs (Kasun Madusanka 40, Kaveesh Kumara 25, Dinuka Dilshan 35, Kavindu Nadeeshan 18; Rukmal Dissanaike 3-49, Deshan Gunasinghe 2-20)
Dharmaraja (239-7 contd.) 254 in 63 overs
(Chaturanga Aludeniya 15; Kavindu Nadeeshan 4-52, Ushan Imantha 3-63, Ravindu Rushantha 2-6)
and 126-6 in 29.1 overs (Udantha Amarakoon 25, Nivantha Herath 55 n.o.; Kavindu Nadeeshan 5-42)