Dasun Shanaka’s scintillating batting form helped SLC Gray win
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Wed Aug 25 2021
Dasun Shanaka’s stellar batting form saw SLC Gray win the board’s invitational T20 tournament. A two-week affair that led to auditions for the national squad in the T20 World Cup year. As well as the global tournament starting in October. Worked as a training.
After going unbeaten through the round-robin post (four teams each opposed twice), the Grays won the final against the SLC Reds – under the guidance of Dinesh Chandimal – by 42 runs. Dasun would have been the top scorer in the tournament even if he had not contributed to Tuesday’s final, but 48 not out in 17 played a key role in Grays’ total of 201 for 4.
A run partnership between Oshada Fernando and Asela Gunaratne but it was eventually ruled out by Grey’s fine attack. He was all out for 159 runs.
Top Performers in SLC Invitational T20 League.
Top seven run-scorers:
Dasun Shanaka – 258 runs (six innings), SR 184
Kamindu Mendis – 193 runs (three innings), Sr. 168
Dinesh Chandimal – 183 runs (six innings), SR 120
Pathum Nisanka – 167 runs (five innings), SR 138
Sadira Samarawickrama – 155 runs (six innings), SR 120
Avishka Fernando – 154 runs (six innings), SR120
Dhananjay Lakshman – 136 runs (six innings), SR 119
Top 7 wicket-takers:
Himesh Ramnayake (Seam) – 7 wickets, econ 8.18
Nuwan Pradeep (seam) – 7 wickets, econ 7.16
Pulina Tharanga (legspin) – 7 wickets, econ 7.44
Seekkuge Prasanna (legspin) – 7 wickets, econ 6.40
Asian Daniels (Off-Spin) – 5 wickets, econ 7.15
Chamika Karunaratne (seam) – 5 wickets, econ 8.85
Akila Dhananjaya (Spin) – 5 wickets, econ 7.36
The Sri Lankan team management will be happy with the tournament performance of the new limited-overs captain Dasun. Batting at the No. 5 positions he recently captured for the national side.
Shanaka scored 84, 48, 8, 55, 15, and 48 maintaining a strike rate of 184 during the event. His knock in the final was the most bang on and promoted Grace to her first total of over 200 in the tournament.
Gray was everyone’s favorite from the start and didn’t look like a loser in this final. Wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka is slated to feature in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad. top-scored for the Grays with 74 off 51, setting the scene for Shanaka.
Three special players from the national T20 squad. Kamindu Mendis throws fingers with both hands. And he had the second-highest score of the tournament, scoring 74, 53, and 66 runs in three innings (many matches were rained), one retained in the tournament’s Strike rate of 168.
Dinesh didn’t score that quickly. His strike rate was below 120. But he was still the third-highest scorer in the tournament with a tally of 183. Veteran seam bowler Nuwan Pradeep was the joint highest wicket-taker of the tournament with seven dismissals and an economy rate of 7.16.
Two of Sri Lanka’s best players in the fixed-overs series against India, legspinner W. Hasaranga and pacer Dushmantha Chamira, did not play in the tournament. Neither did Kusal Perera, who tested positive for Covid-19. The entire tournament was played within a biosecure bubble in Pallekele.