Peradeniya Lions Crush Jaffna Bulls to Reach the Semi Finals


Peradeniya Lions: 114/6

M. K.  Perera 28 (36)                                                                       P. A.  Priyasad   16 (17)

V. Thevavithuran 4-0-14-2                                                              S. Vithush   3-0-13-1

Peradeniya Lions won the match by 34 runs, in the first quarter final clash of the day against Jaffna Bulls.

Jaffna Bulls won the toss in a slow pitch and elected to field first. In a damp and slow outfield like this, scoring quickly is always a problem for the batting side, and they fancied that batting second would be easy on this pitch.


M. K. Perera and P. A. Priyasad opened the innings for Peradeniya Lions and gave a steady. They were dealing in singles and doubles in their early part of the innings, and Priyasad, in the third over of the match, stylishly flicked Jeyarliban’s delivery to deep mid wicket for four runs. Although they played a lot of aggressive shots inside the power play overs, the slow nature of the outfield didn’t assist their intent and most of the balls stopped inside the boundary line. Priyasad lost his wicket when he tried to up the pace of their innings.  

Peradeniya Lions lost their wickets in regular intervals. M. K.  Perera played a responsible knock by scoring 28 off 36 balls. He was also the only player from Peradeniya Lions to hit a six. Many players got a good start but fell short of a good innings whenever they tried to accelerate their pace. These modest contributions by the Peradeniya Lions’ players took the team to a respectable score of 114. On the bowling side, Thevavithuran bowled impressively and took two wickets. A score of 114 seemed to be a fair target in that slow and damp outfield, where most of the players found it hard to play their shots.

The impressive things about this innings were Peradeniya’s running between the wickets and the fielding of the Jaffna Bulls. The impressive running between the wickets by Peradeniya made a great deal of difference to the outcome of the match. They converted the singles into doubles and created good pressure on the fielders as well. But Jaffna Bulls’ fielders also responded really well. They caught almost everything that came their way and engaged in impressive ground fielding. Their fielding would have put lot of international teams to shame.

Jaffna Bulls started their chase quite aggressively. Jeyarliban especially always looked to play his shots, and as one would expect, it also brought his downfall too. Jaffna Bulls were going in a good flow until Navarathne came in to ball in the 6th over. Navarathne got the wicket of Lavan, while delivering a maiden over. After that, it was all dire for them as they found it difficult to chase the total. The spinners and the slow bowlers of Peradeniya choked Jaffna Bulls to a slow death. Jaffna Bulls were unable to hit the boundaries at will in the middle overs, and it came back to bite them later in the match.

When Jaffna Bulls needed Shelton to play a captain’s knock and win the match for them, he played a rash shot to the long on and got out for a golden duck. Running between the wickets by the Jaffna Bulls was awful, and it made such a big difference in the final result. Peradeniya Lions also fielded really well, catching everything that came their way.


Peradeniya Lions’ wicket keeper was especially awesome behind the stumps. He stopped every ball which came his way and effected two fine stumpings too. He even stood up to the stumps for pace bowlers. And he did the job remarkably well.  

In the bowling department, Nawarathne and Abeywickrama stood out separately by snaring three and four wickets respectively.

All in all, it was a good clinical victory from Peradeniya Lion. The team that played better cricket won the game at the end of the day.

By Sutharman Paskaran

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