The Ruhuna Royals and the Uthura Rudras are both yet to manage a win, this is there 2nd match in the tournament and they will need a win since the tournament isn’t that long. Ruhuna will start favourites since they were unlucky to escape there first match without any points due to the duck worth lewis method being used against Nagenahira. Uthura were convincingly beaten by 9 wickets where they were demolished by Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal. It will be the battle of the bowlers as that is the category both team’s big names fall into.
August 14, Colombo
Starting Time: 2000 Local Time (1430 GMT Time)
Lasith Malinga vs Imran Farhat
Ever since the IPL Lasith Malinga ha looked very flat but 1 for 4 off 2 overs was a good start for Malinga and though his team narrowly lost he will have to keep the faith up. His confidence is key as Malinga at his best is deadly and not too many batsmen would be able to deal with him. He will have to send in some early toe crushing yorkers to Imran Farhat who looks like the real deal. 51 off 22 deleveries which included 5 sixes was an onslaught brough on by the Pakistan opener. If Farhat can continue that type of form over the duration of the tournament Uthura could be in for a good shot at the title.
Ruhuna shouldn’t be too worried about the 1st match loss and should continue with the team they played.
Bringing in Samuel Badree could be a good move for Uthura as they were demolished by K Akmal and Tamim Iqbal but that would force them to drop a bowler.