After 3 days rest the SLPL coverage continues with Wayamba and Uva going head to head at Colombo. Wayamba and Uva both won their first round fixtures and the winner of this match will move to at least 2nd on a temporary basis. The strength of the top 5 for Wayamba seems to be a concern for most teams and Uva will need to lift off from where they were against Basnahira with the ball. Mahela Jayawardene wasn’t able to showcase his skills with the bat in the 1st match and hopefully he will prove to be the entertainer in this match.
Match Information :
17 August, Colombo
Starting Time: 1600 Local Time (1030 GMT Time
Mahela Jayawardene vs Umar Gul
Mahela Jaywardene wasn’t needed in Wayamba’s thrashing first win against Uthua as Tamim Iqbal and Kamran Akmal displayed their hitting ability early on. Jayawardene may face a ball this match though as Uva have a strong bowling attack with Umar Gul, Dilhara Fernando and Jacob Oram to name a few. Umar Gul had a modest first match with the ball taking a wicket and going at 8 an over which is not too shabby. He will be expected of more though as he is a specialist in T20 situations as he has a deadly yorker. Jayawardene will be looking to use his experience against Gul to knock him away for a few boundaries.
A possible change for Wayamba could be replacing Abdul Razzaq and instead putting one of James Faulkner, Brad Hogg or the quick Kemar Roach in as specialist bowlers as the bowling seemed to be the only concern for Wayamba.
Uva should be happy enough to go unchanged into their 2nd match of the SLPL.