IUG 2018 | Mora, Colombo, Jaffna and Kelaniya Make Their Way to the Semi-finals

After the exclusive cricketing action in the preliminary rounds, 8 teams were to clash in the quarterfinals' arena and prove themselves truly worthy of the prestigious IUG title of 2018. These 8 cricketing giants made it sure that this epic encounter will be another thriller filled with excitement, a bit of drama and some nail biting finishes.

The first quarterfinal match was played between the university of Peradeniya and the university of Colombo at the cricket ground of University of Moratuwa. Winning the toss under the sunny conditions and selecting to field first, Pera managed to sack the Colombo team for 175 runs within 46.3 overs. Although the run chase did not quite turned out to be the way it was anticipated by the hill country lads, their first wicket fell without troubling the score board, followed by the second wicket when the score was 11.

Pera’s batting line-up was soon brought to their knees by the Colombo bawling attack since their running was limited to 167 (15 extras) runs. Dian Jayasooriya from Colombo managed to bag a five wicket-haul which was the match’s winning performance for the Colombo squad. Despite the tail ending inning of Aravinda Bandara (45 off 43 balls) no other Pera batsman managed to contribute a decent score under their names.

In the second quarter final, the university of Moratuwa confronted with the university of Rajarata at the grounds of University of Colombo. Mora lads managed to turn around the last year’s disappointment against Jaffna by sealing an easy victory over Rajarata with a run margin of 72. While put on to bat first they managed to hammer Rajarata with 192 runs within 48.3 overs for the loss of 10 wickets. Hirusha Balapitiya’s splendid knock of 58(78) and Osura Mahadiwlwewa’s inning, 56(82) navigated the team Mora to this dominant position. Although Rajarata began their chase in a slow and a steady phase, wickets began to tumble at regular intervals after the 12th over (26-1). Mora managed to ball out Rajarata for 118 with 9 more overs to be spared. Thilina Kasun Nupakowa managed to bag a match winning 5 wickets while only counseling 11 runs (6.4 overs). Team Mora managed to show a promising all-round performance throughout this match and they may take on University of Kelaniya in the upcoming semifinals.

University of Jaffna took on the university of Wayamba at the grounds of University of Peradeniya. Lads from Wayamba managed to restrict Jaffna innings to 139 runs from 48.1 overs. Although Wayamba’s inning was stopped due to rain at the 41st over, where they had scored 107 for the loss of 7 wickets. The decision under parabola method favoured Jaffna where they were decided as the winners from 17 runs over Wayamba.

In the last quarter final match University of Kelaniya recorded a victory over University of Sri Jayawardhanapura with the advantage of home field conditions. Kelaniya batting first managed to set the score board with a formidable score of 205/10 within their 50 overs. Japura managed to put on a competitive run chase although they fell 24 runs behind Kelaniya with 3 more overs to be spared.

Without any doubt the cricket fans will be able to witness historic semifinals as these four equally strong stallions are about to encounter in a race for the ultimate victory.

 

Article by Jayan Chandrasekera

Edited by Piyumi Yashodha

Sponsored by Millennium IT

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