It is just about a must win match for both these teams as Basnahira and the Ruhuna Royals are placed in the bottom half of the points table at this stage. Basnahira have played 5 matches having recorded 1 win while Ruhuna have played 1 match less for the 1 win. Lasith Malinga will be wanting to pick up some form in Sri Lankan since he has been by no surprise picked in the national team’s T20 World Cup squad. Basnahira have their own international super star in TM Dilshan who has offered some nice contributions but his team is yet to support him with the bat.
Match Information :
August 25, Colombo
Starting Time 1600 Local Time (1030 GMT Time)
TM Dilshan vs Lasith Malinga
TM Dilshan has basically been a one man team all tournament as he has attempted to lead his troops but hasn’t got too many solid contributions from the team as a whole. Lasith Malinga is on the same boat as Dilshan except Malinga’s bowling team mates have shown some spark with the odd wicket taking the pressure off the fast bowler. Dilshan will be key for Basnahira as he is their highest run scorer by a massive 80 runs and the early wicket of Dilshan will set the match up for Ruhuna. Malinga has taken 6 wickets at 5.28 runs per over which is fantastic but he still hasn’t found his groove where he often getting bags of wickets.
Improvements are starting to show in the Basnahira camp but they will be concerned by the lack of runs Daniel Smith has scored and he could possibly be dropped for this match.
None of the Ruhuna batsman are yet to clear 100 runs in the tournament and with Shahid Afridi having to remove himself from selection Ruhuna have a few decisions to make on what batsmen they want .