Pathirana hits form; Centurions ace record chase

It is the 60th match of Regular Seniors 2016 season. It still early times in the 50 over tournament. The two teams fighting for six points at stake are Centurions CC and Civics CC. Civics CC won the toss and decided to bat first. This match can be summed up as the batting feast of the tournament. Both teams scored more than 200 runs at a healthy run rate. There were three half centuries and two batsmen missed the mark by three runs. In this circuit, such scores don’t even happen three out of ten times.

Civics CC started off their innings pretty well. One of their openers scored half century. Baker’s 53 featured 8 boundaries. Mirza played the second fiddle, scoring 32 runs in the process. Baker looked in such fine touch before dismissed by  P Rao. After the fall of openers, the team had a few hiccups. Rest of the top order could not capitalize on the foundation already laid. When conditions get tough, the tough gets going. This is what happened with Civics CC, as their middle order batsmen Aslam saw them past 200. He remained not out on 73 runs with some support from Aftaq.

The tail was quickly erased by Centurions bowlers. Byrone was the standout performer in their bowling unit. He bowled 10 overs for 27 runs, picking an odd wicket. Puvanendran and Pathirana took two wickets a piece. Rao led the charts picking up 3 scalps. Rajadurai and Varadarajan were looted for runs. Despite disciplined bowling efforts from Centurions CC, Civics CC posted a tall target of 223. The chase was expected to be one of the classiest.

Centurions’ openers Rajadurai and Anantharajah scored 47 runs each. Both of them were able to clear the fence. Coming at no.3 Rao failed to capitalize on these perfect batting conditions. After his quick dismissal, it was Pathirana who guided the chase. Staying not out till the end, he scored 87 runs. His innings comprised of 9 boundaries and an odd six. Varadarajan accompanied Pathirana for fourth wicket partnership. Civics bowlers didn’t manage to disturb the rhythm of Centurions CC batsmen.

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