(!9th August 2012, Cricturf) : Uthura Rudras suffered another loss in the Sri Lankan Premier League while Uva Next managed to win another game by 4 runs with 5 more balls left in their innings.
Uthura Rudra's Captain Jehan Mubarak won the toss and elected to bat first without the Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan on the side today.
Uthura top order struggled from the beginning of the game in front of the fast bowling attack of Uva Next consisting Jacob Oram, Dilhara Fernando and Umar Gul. Dilhara and Umar Gul picked early wickets and in came Sachithra Senanayaka who restricted Uthura batsmen even more by putting pressure on. Senanayaka showing some class performance picked up 3 wickets for 16 runs in his 4 overs.
LJP Gunaratne was the highest run scorer for Uthura Rudras who contributed 30 runs off bat.
At the end of 20 overs Uthura Rudras posted a total of 124 by setting a target of 125 for Uva Next to win the match.
The openers of Uva Next, Dilshan Munaweera and Shivnarine Chanderpaul gave an impressive start to the squad but failed to stay long in the crease as both departed for 36 and 20.
Chamara Kapugedara took a blinder to dismiss Dilshan Munaweera which was an amazing p iece of fielding that could be highlight in the Sri Lanka Premier League so far.After the wicket of Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Uva Next started a choking rally and sacrificed each of their wickets very soon until Sachithra Senanayaka came in. Shoib Malik and Sachithra Senanayaka slowly took Uva Next to the winning post and Senanayaka completed the victory with a massive six.