Thursday, 22 September 2011

Jayasuriya fails but not Ruhuna

Well this was the second match in the ongoing champions league T20 tournament for both Ruhuna and Sanath Jayasuriya. But, to one's amazement, Jayasuriya puts up a more dismal performance while Ruhuna ends its campaign a convincing note. In Ruhuna'a first game against Trinidad&Tobago, Jayasuriya scored 13 runs and scalped 2 wickets to emerge as Ruhuna's most successful bowler. This time all that Jayasuriya could manage was a mere 6 runs and went wicketless giving away 37 runs from 4 overs at a rate of 9.25 runs an over. However, the discussion is not regarding Sanath Jayasuriya or his performance here.

It would be worth to write something about Dinesh Chandimal who scored another half century after top scoring with 50 in his first game against Trinidad and Tobago. There, his efforts were useful only to see his team cross the 100 run mark. But this time, in the
match against Leicestershire, not only did he top score with an unbeaten 62 but also scored the same at a decent pace compared to the pitch on which the game was taking place. By the way, the Leicestershire did not experiment with their like most of the teams do in T20 games.

Leicestershire used just 5 bowlers with four of them completing their quota of 4 overs. That according to me is one of the reasons why teams don't have a continuous winning streak in T20 games. Likewise, Harry Gurney's efforts with the ball should be applauded for his 3/33 from 4 overs which restricted Ruhuna from scoring any further which would otherwise been more than say 180. Another player who lonely played a decent innings for his team was Abdul Razzaq who had a better performance with the bat when he scored 68 but was not enough to achieve a victory with others not cooperating.

Though, like Leicestershire Ruhuna didn't experiment with their bowling the bowlers whom Udawatte chose to bowl had a decent run with two bowlers picking up 3 wickets. Looking at this, one can say that the ground was a tough one to bat on. Scoring runs was not easy and batsmen who have managed to do something have to get a pat on their back. Another player who deceived both his fans as well as his team was James Taylor who got out scoring just 11 runs. But, one result stands the same; both Ruhuna and Leicestershire get sacked from the rest of the series.

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