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island.lk 03 Aug, 2022 01:15 am

Yupun cruises to semis as the fastest – The Island

Yupun cruises to semis as the fastest – The Island

p p Anuk Fernando won the Man of the Match award.A fighting run a ball, 75 runs partnership for the seven wicket between Anuk Fernando (74 not out in 89 balls, inclusive of a six and 6 fours) and Koshan Abeywickrama (50 in 36 balls, inclusive of 4 sixes and 1 four) guided Fairfirst Insurance to a heart stopping two wickets win over Maliban Biscuit Manufactories in the Final of the National Development Bank (NDB) sponsored – MCA Premier League /White ball 50 Over League Tournament 2022, concluded at the MCA Grounds, on Saturday(30).At the fall of Moditha Ranatunga (14 in 28 balls), Koshan Jayawickrama joined Anuk Fernando and immediately broke the shackles by hitting four mighty sixes, thus propelling the total to 211.Maliban bowlers fought tooth and nail and got rid of Jayawickrama and number nine batsman, Pubudu Bandara (01) and got back to the game (213 for 8 in 45 overs), but then they blundered, as their wicket keeper, Gihan Anuruddha dropped Anuk Fernando off paceman Chamara Ratnayake with Fairfirst needing 15 runs to win with two wickets in hand.

Anuk Fernando used his new lease of life to his team’s advantage by hitting a glorious six to take Fairfirst over the line ten balls to spare.Match Referee, Sena Nandiweera named Anuk Fernando from Fairfirst Insurance as his Man of the Match.

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