Shanaka, Mendis start SLC T20 League in style

Two spectacular half-centuries from Dasun Shanaka and Kamindu Mendis highlighted the opening match of the SLC Invitational T20 League Cricket Tournament, which began at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy yesterday.

However, Shanaka ended on the winning side as his explosive unbeaten 84 helped SLC Greys to defend their modest total of 167 for seven with SLC Greens falling short by a mere one run.

Mendis’ innings was in vain as he smashed 74 from 48 deliveries with the help of three sixes and five boundaries to keep his team’s hopes alive.

Mendis also added 105 for the second wicket along with Pathum Nissanka after SLC Greens had lost both openers in the second over.

Earlier, SLC Greys electing to bat first rallied around Skipper Shanaka’s heroics to post 167 for seven from their 20 overs.

Chief scores

SLC Greys: 167/7 in 20 overs (Minod Bhanuka 21, Dasun Shanaka 84, Chaturanga de Silva 23)

SLC Greens: 166/6 in 20 overs (Pathum Nissanka 45, Kamindu Mendis 74, Ishan Jayaratne 20 n.o, Pulina Tharanga 3/22, Ashian Daniel 2/23). (C.D.)


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