Badulla Sea Eagles’ quest to gain form against Monaragala Hornets
Monaragala Hornets to win
The 4th game of the UVA Premier League T20, 2020 would see the Monaragala Hornets take on the Badulla Sea Eagles at Badulla Cricket Ground. It will be an important game for both the sides as they come into this one after having lost their respective games on the first day. While the Monaragala Hornets lost a close game after putting up a good score on the board it was an extremely poor show by the Badulla Sea Eagles.
The Monaragala Hornets have a strong batting line-up as we had seen in the last game and they would be looking to carry on from where they left in the last game but the Hornets would have to make quick recovery as they had failed both with the bat and the ball. It is still early days in the competition and we expect the sides to come up with a good show in the next game.
Kasun Senanayaka would be extremely upset with the efforts of his bowlers in the last game. They failed to hold on to their nerves and lost a game after putting up 203 runs on the board. The skipper would like his side to put that behind and focus on playing well against the Eagles in the next game as the side didn’t look in the best of form.
Sriyaan Wijeratne and Imesh Udayanga played well at the top in the last game and shall look to continue with the same form. The side would expect a good show from the skipper who missed out in the last game. Pradeep Witharana played a blinder and his 86 off of 24 balls lifted the side to a big total. With the likes of Ajith Ekanayake and Umesh Karunaratne having good hitting abilities their batting looks good for the moment.
The side will need to come up with an improved bowling performance in the next game after the way they were slaughtered in their first match. Mark Nawanjaya and Chamind Silva will need to do well with the new ball. The side will want Sachithra Serasinghe, Chethan de Silva and Imesh Udayanga to bowl tighter spells in the next game.
Kasun Senanayaka (c), Sachithra Serasinghe, Mark Nawanjaya, Chamind Silva, Chethan de Silva, Imesh Udayanga, Pradeep Witharana, Umesh Karunaratne, Sriyaan Wijeratne, Ajith Ekanayake, Chathuranga Kumara
Shehan Ranathunga’s side suffered a crashing defeat in the last game against the Mahiyanganaya Unilions losing the game by 8 wickets. It was a lackluster batting performance by the side in the game and their bowlers couldn’t put up much of challenge with the low total. The side will need to play out of their skins to win the next game.
None of their top 5 batsmen could reach double figures in the last game and the side will need openers Chaturanga Dissanayaka and Gayan Lakshan to provide them with a good start in the game. They have good hitting prowess in the middle with players like Nilanka Jayawardhana, Navinda Imalka and Yashtha Madhusanka in the side. These guys will need to get over their disastrous performance against the Unilions and play positive cricket in the next game.
Their bowlers also didn’t do well in the last game and the side will need Navinda Imalka and Vishwa Karunaratne to provide early breakthroughs with the new ball. Chaturanga Dissanayaka and Rohan Pathirana are known to be good spinners of the ball and shall need to come up with a better performance in this game.
Shehan Ranathunga (c), Chaturanga Dissanayaka, Gayan Lakshan, Nilanka Jayawardhana, Navinda Imalka, Yashtha Madhusanka, Pardeep Samaraweera, Lahiru Udhesh, Rohan Pathirana, Sameera Tharanga, Vishwa Karunaratne
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||1.79 k/h||From: WSW||72%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||1.24 k/h||From: WSW||98%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||0.78 k/h||From: NNW||99%|
|09h||29||2.86 mm.||0.78 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|12h||27||1.87 mm.||0.9 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||2.24 k/h||From: SW||100%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||1.79 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||2.01 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
There are predictions for overcast skies at Badulla on June 30 and we might see light showers during the game. The pitch has so far looked a good one to bat on as the bounce and pace is true allowing batsmen to commit themselves to the front foot. Bowlers have to keep their line tight on this surface. A score of 180 runs would be a fighting total on this surface.
UVA Badulla Cricket Ground, Badulla is a small park and this allows batsmen to play their strokes freely without any fear. Fast bowlers do get some assistance early on in the game where the ball is hard and has shine. It is a ground where spinners have always got good assistance from the surface.
In the last two games in the tournament the side that has chased the score has won both the games. The pitch remains good to bat on even in the second innings. With predictions for rain the side batting second would have the advantage. Hence we expect the skipper winning the toss to put the opposition to bat first
The stakes are high for both the teams as they go into this game as a loss here would hurt their chances for rest of the tournament. Badulla Sea Eagles are in poor form coming into this game and looked absolutely at sea in their previous contest and they will need to take a giant leap to win this one. Monaragala Hornets on the other hand looked good with the bat and it is on the bowling front that the side will need to fix the issues. It is going to be a close contest but we see the Hornets starting as favorites in this game.
Monaragala Hornets to win