Posted by Gareth Parry Added on: August 19 2012
Wayamba United 165 for 9 (Kamran 65, Langeveldt 3-36) beat Basnahira Cricket Dundee 98 All Out (Weeraratne 3-11, Dananjaya 2-15) by 67 runs
Basnahira Cricket Dundee and Wayamba United face off against each other in the 10th match of the Sri Lanka Premier League 2012. Wayamba were looking to maintain their 100% record with another win whilst Basnahira were looking to recover from two losses on the bounce.
Wayamba won the toss and elected to bat first with their opening batsmen, Tamin Iqbal and Kamran Akmal, immediately taking the attack to the Basnahira bowlers. They reached 47 in just 3.4 overs before Tamin holed out off the bowling of Serasinghe.
Hafeez joined his countryman Kamran at the crease. With Tamin's departure and a solid foundation in place the two Pakistani batsmen were content to play in a more circumspect fashion as they added 41 for the second wicket.
This was something of a misstep on the part of the Wayamba batsmen and, with much of the early momentum fading away, their middle order moved along ponderously. They also lost the wickets of Hafeez and Mahela Jayawardene in this period reaching just 121 for 3 at the end of the 15th over meaning they had added only 73 in the 11 overs after Tamin fell.
Wayamba's difficulties were compounded when their only set batsman, Kamran, fell in the 17th over. He scored a valuable 65 but will rue the fact he didn't make more of his opportunity and that he allowed the Basnahira bowlers to reassert control over the innings as they restricted his and Wayamba's scoring.
Wayamba did manage to reach a respectable total of 165 however their start had promised a total in excess of 180. The Basnahira bowlers deserve a great deal of credit for recovering from a poor start and managing to prevent Wayamba from taking the game away from them. The Basnahira spinners were particularly good in that regard and whilst they were not as threatening as the faster bowlers they were key in keeping the Wayamba total down.
The South African fast bowler Langeveldt deserved particular praise for his efforts. He conceded 19 runs for no wickets in his first two overs but returned to bowl at the death with his final two overs going for only 17 runs and picking up three wickets. He bowled with excellent variety and found some reverse swing in his second spell with both his yorker and bouncer working well as he picked up deserved wickets.
The commendable efforts of the Basnahira bowlers had kept their side in contention in the match but their efforts were undone by a calamitous batting display. Their poor performance with the bat put paid to any chance of a victory for Cricket Dundee as they were bowled out for just 98.
Basnahira made a steady start reaching 29 before their first wicket fell. However from that point on their batsmen seemed determined to throw their wickets away. Only one Basnahira batsman reached 20 as they collapsed in dramatic fashion.
The Wayamba bowlers consistently put the ball on a good line and length and as the wickets tumbled and the run rate increased they profited from some poor stroke play. Weeraratne was the biggest beneficiary with his figures of 31.-0.11-3 being the pick of the United bowlers.
When the final wicket fell in the 20th over it was more of a relief for the batting side than anything else with the result of the match long since determined. The comprehensive nature of the win meant Wayamba went top by virtue of an excellent net run rate. Basnahira on the other hand have now lost three matches in a row and if they continue to perform as they did in this match are unlikely to trouble the Sri Lanka Premier Leagues better sides.