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Madushanka keen to regain spot in national team

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The former Sri Lanka all-rounder hammered an unbeaten 74 from just 39 deliveries to help his team amass 167 for four and restrict their opponents SLC Blues to 151 for seven in 20 overs.

“I am glad that I was able to play a match winning innings after a long time and this will certainly boost my confidence for the rest of the tournament,” Madushanka said after receiving the Man-of-the-Match award.

The 28-year-old former schoolboy of St. Thomas’ College, Matale is certainly enjoying this tournament having earlier picked up two for 21 in the second game against SLC Reds.

“I performed well in the previous two games as well but this was special and I am determined to continue the same form and to regain my place in the national team.”

Even then, this was a real test for the right-hand middle order batsman as his team were struggling to put up a decent total on the board having elected to bat first.

“We had lost too many wickets when I walked into the middle and my initial plan was to occupy the crease for more overs together with Charith Asalanka,” he stressed.

“My target was to stretch the game to the full 20 overs by picking up six to seven runs for an over without taking an undue risk and then look for quick runs thereafter,” he explained.

“I think we executed that game plan to the perfection because in the end we were able to end up with a match winning total of 167 for four,” Madushanka emphasised.

The conditions also helped Madushanka to exploit the bowling to the maximum as he plundered the SLC Blues’ attack while hoisting five sixes and the same number of boundaries.

“This track was ideal for batting and there was no real danger from the bowlers as well and therefore we were able to collect some brisk runs after the 16th over,” he added.

Source DailyNews
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