RSWS: Old fire seen in Jayasuriya, batsmen hit with a ‘four’

Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the great Sri Lankan batsmen, has once again shown his old form. Jayasuriya was the Sri Lankan player who not only created terror with the bat but also used to do wonders with the ball when the opportunity arose. Presently Jayasuriya is playing the Road Safety World Series match in Kanpur. His team Sri Lanka Legends faced England Legends on Tuesday, in which Sri Lanka’s team was successful in winning and Jayasuriya’s spin played a big role in this.

England Legends team batted first and the entire team was all out for just 78 runs in 19 overs. This easy target was achieved by Sri Lanka Legends for the loss of three wickets in 14.3 overs. Jayasuriya’s batting was not seen in this match but his bowler reminded him of the old days, when he used to make useful contributions with the ball for Sri Lanka.

‘Chowk’ hit by the ball

Sri Lanka Legends captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the toss and decided to bowl first and then Jayasuriya did wonders. He made four batsmen of England Legends his victim. He spent just three runs in four overs and took four wickets while throwing two overs of maiden. Jayasuriya dismissed Mal Loye (8), Darren Maddy (2), Tim Ambrose (0) and Yuvraj Singh for five sixes in an over by Dimitri Mascarenes (1) and broke the middle order of England Legends. Apart from him Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis took one wicket each. Nuwan Kulasekara and Chaturangi D’Silva had two successes each. Only four batsmen from England Legends could reach the doubles. For him Phil Mustard scored 14, captain Ian Bell scored 15, Chris Scofield and Stephen Parry scored 10-10 runs.

Such was the innings of Sri Lanka Legends

Sri Lanka Legends, however, got a better start than England. Dilshan Munaveera and captain Tillakaratne Dilshan added 24 runs for the first wicket. On this score, the captain got out after scoring 15 runs. Upul Tharanga contributed 23 runs. He got out on a total score of 63. The second opener Manuveera scored 24 runs. He got out on a total score of 66 runs. Mendis led the team to victory while remaining unbeaten on eight runs.

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