A sensational batting knock from the Anandian opening batsman Rahal Avishka abled them to thump Nalanda College on first innings at a most stirring 87th Battle of the Maroons encounter that was concluded at the SSC grounds today.
On the first day of play, the Nalandians dominated the proceedings in the early couple of sessions after being invited to take the first lease of the game on an unprejudiced wicket that did not affect the game much. Restricting the opening stand to a cheap 14 runs, Thinura Hettiarachchi was dismissed as the first batsman, guilty of nicking the ball to the wicket-keeper.
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Engaging in a worthwhile partnership of 60 runs for the 2nd wicket Lakshitha Ranasinghe paired up with Nimnaka Rathnayake before Nimnaka was strangled for a well made 44 runs. The middle order of Nalanda College minimally succored to capitalize their innings when Ananda spinners pegged back the batting of their opponents sharing 8 scalps among them. Bringing some hope after losing two back to back wickets, Dilan Suraweera anchored the innings and was associated in a fruitful partnership of 30 runs for the 9th wicket to post a defendable 197 on the board.
The Anandian batting in the last session of the day seemed to be non-combative when they managed just 55 runs at the completion of 21 overs maintaining a run rate of two and a half per over. Resuming the overnight score, they exploited the proceedings on day two in a gluttonous manner. Rahal Avishka who was unbeaten on 27 at stumps, propelled a defiant 84 run knock that comprised 13 boundaries.
Photo Album – 87th Battle Of The Maroons – (Day – 02)