A 263 ball knock of 135 from Milinda Siriwardena inclusive of 13 boundaries and two sixes was in vain as it could not prevent Lexmark Basnahira South from conceding a first inning lead to Hirdaramani Ruhuna on day three of their Inter-Provincial cricket encounter played at the Colts ground.
Lexmark Basnahira South who resumed their innings from a strong position of 202 for 2 were able to muster only 383 in reply to Hirdaramani Ruhuna’s 450. It was the career best unbeaten knock of 265 by Upul Tharanga that paved the way for this mammoth score. Tharanga’s knock comprised 27 boundaries and three sixes.
Milinda was also associated in a 175 runs partnership for the third wicket with his skipper Chamara Silva who made 86. The match will be continued at 10.00 a.m. today.
Hirdaramani Ruhuna 450 (Lasith Fernando 42, Ishan Muthaliph 37, Indika de Saram 31, Ashan Priyanjana 23, Upul Tharanga 265 n.o.: Milinda Siriwardena 4 for 31, Amila Prasad 4 for 110) and 5 for 1
Lexmark Basnahira South (202/2 o’night) 383 (Milinda Siriwardena 135, Chamara Silva 86, Lahiru Thirimanne 33, Gihan Rupasinghe 31, Malinga Bandara 31, Hasantha Fernando 20: Sajeewa Weerakoon 4 for 120, Tyronne Gamage 3 for 53, Sachitra Senanayake 2 for 74)
MAS Holdings Wayamba on top
Kanchana Gunawardena and Nadeera Nawela put MAS Holdings Kandurata on top at the end of the third days play in the Inter-Provincial encounter against Lanka Bell Wayamba played at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium.
MAS Holdings resuming from their overnight score of 219 for 2 ended the third days play on 388 for 7 after bowling out their opponents for 394.
The duo was involved in a massive 234 runs partnership for the third wicket before Kanchana was dismissed for 121 which included 13 boundaries. This was followed by another fruitful stand of 101 runs for the fourth wicket between Nadeera Nawela and Jeewan Mendis who made 73 before they were separated.
Nadeera remained unbeaten on 140 which had 11 boundaries. MAS Holdings Kandurata need another six runs to overhaul their opponents score when resumes at 10.00 a.m. today.
Lanka Bell Wayamba 394 (Michael Vandort 123, Lanka de Silva 49, Jeewantha Kulatunga 43, Mahela Udawatte 33, Isuru Udana 31, Rangana Herath 15, Thisara Perera 53 n.o.: Jeewan Mendis 3 for 60, Dharshana Gamage 2 for 40, Suraj Mohamed 2 for 81, Chaminda Vidanapathirana 2 for 86)
MAS Holdings Kandurata (219/2 o’night) 388 for 7 (Kanchana Gunawardena 121, Jeewan Mendis 73, Nadeera Nawela 140 n.o.: Thisara Perera 2 for 51, Jehan Mubarak 2 for 60)