Uva Next v Nagenahira SLPL Match 21 Preview – 27 August

It’s the last match of the group stage in this year’s Sri Lankan Premier League as Uva Next and Nagenahira play in a game that will finalise the top four for the semi finals. Nagenahira are in a good chance to make the top four, if Ruhuna lose to Wayamba and Nagenahira beat Uva Next they will be guaranteed a semi final spot. For Uva Next they are also a possible chance of making the top four but only if Wayamba beat Ruhuna and they win this final group stage match.

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Match Information :

August 27, Colombo
Starting Time: 2000 Local Time (1430 GMT Time)

Key Contest:

Upul Tharanga vs Ajantha Mendis

It was a surprise when only Mendis was picked in the Sri Lankan T20 World Cup side from this pair and Upul Tharanga will want them to regret their decision with a huge knock in this match to get his team through to the final. Tharanga will have a lot more to do in this match as Shoaib Malik might be in the ODI squad for the Australian Tour. Ajantha Mendis has deserved a spot in the squad for the World Cup since he has taken 10 wickets and he and Eranga have been very good at taking wickets with the only criticism is that they are quite expensive. Tharanga has been scoring runs and has looked very good when he has gotten a start, he has scored 125 runs in 4 innings which is good but needs to improve on his strike rate.

Team News:

Uva may well be without Shaoib Malik and Imran Nazir as they may have to fly to the UAE to play Pakistan in an ODI on Tuesday. Jacob Oram could replace Shoaib Malik in the middle and Callum Ferguson could replace Chanderpaul who has been poor all tournament

It will be hard for Nagenahira to make any changes as they don’t have a lot of depth.

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