Sri Lanka players, Lasith Malinga (4 for 9) and Sachithra Senanayake (3 for 4) from MAS Active gave the 23rd Singer–MCA Premier League 2016 a spectacular start, as they bamboozled Seylan Bank to a new low 31 all out.
The tournament got off to a start on Wednesday, and in the other two matches played on the same day, the defending champions, MAS Unichela, comfortably beat HNB by 71 runs on the D&L method and Sampath Bank notched up a hard fought 4 wickets win over Commercial Credit & Finance PLC.
Fighting half centuries by Chamara Kapugedera (57) and Chathuranga de Silva (52) for Commercial Credit did not stop Sampath Bank running away with a 4 wickets win with 7 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka Test opener, Kaushal Silva (82) and Primosh Perera (54) were the batting heroes for Sampath Bank.
In the rain affected match at MCA, Mahela Udawatte scored a punishing half century (53) that gave MAS Unichela a challenging total of 211 for 9 in 31 overs (RPO 6.8), which was ample for them to beat HNB when bad light halted play with 8 overs remaining.
* MCA: MAS Unichela beat HNB by 71 runs on the D&L method (Match reduced to 31 overs a side)
MAS Unichela: 211/9 (31.0) (Mahela Udawatte 53, Farveez Maharoof 47, T.M. Dilshan 38, Kosala Kulasekera 3/30, Saman Jayantha 3/30, Vimukthi Perera 2/63)
HNB: 98 for 7 in 23 overs when bad light halted play. (Deshan Dias 29 n.o. Saman Jayantha 20 n.o.)
* NCC: MAS Active beat Seylan Bank by 10 wickets (match reduced to 47 overs a side)
Seylan Bank: 31 (16.2) (Lasith Malinga 4/9, Sachithra Senanayake 3/4, Isuru Udana 2/14)
MAS Active: 31/0 (2.0) (Udara Jayasundera 26 n.o.)
* Katunayake: Sampath Bank beat Commercial Credit by 4 wickets
Commercial Credit: 222 (40.1) (Chamara Kapugedera 57, Chathuranga de Silva 52, Shehan Jayasuriya 41, Dushmantha Chameera 3/36, Nuwan Perera 2/46, Rangana Herath 2/44)
Sampath Bank: 223/6 (48.5) (Kaushal Silva 82, Primosh Perera 54, Thilina Kandamby 24 not out, Chathuranga de Silva 2/39)
The tournament will be continued on 27th September. (LW)