Explosive Fernando steers SLC Reds to easy win
Avishka Fernando celebrates his fifty
Opener Avishka Fernando smashed a sparkling unbeaten half-century as SLC Reds powered their way to a convincing 10-wicket win over SLC Greens in their SLC Invitational T20 League Cricket Tournament fixture played at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy yesterday.
The Sri Lanka opener was in tremendous form as the dashing right-hander hammered an unbeaten 82 from 58 balls to help SLC Reds reach their target of 144 with more than two overs to spare.
Fernando hoisted six sixes and struck four boundaries during his explosive innings while adding a century opening stand with former Sri Lanka Captain Dinesh Chandimal.However, Chandimal was forced to retire with an injury soon after he had completed a fine half-century from 44 deliveries inclusive of one six and four boundaries.
Earlier, Kamindu Mendis played another lone hand as he guided SLC Greens to a respectable total by stroking a 42-ball 66 inclusive of two sixes and four boundaries.
SLC Greens: 143/7 in 20 overs (Kamindu Mendis 66, Sammu Ashan 29, Chamika Karunaratne 3/26, Seekkuge Prasanna 2/20)
SLC Reds: 144/0 in 17.3 overs (Avishka Fernando 82 n.o, Dinesh Chandimal 51 retired hurt). (C.D)