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Inter-Provincial 50-over final at Moratuwa today

Kumar Sankaggara’s Kandurata will take on Ruhuna, led by Upul Tharanga, in the final 50-over encounter of the season’s Inter-Provincial cricket tournament, organised by Sri Lanka Cricket and sponsored by the Bank of Ceylon, which will be played at the cricket-loving city of Moratuwa today.

Coming in to the finals after five round-robin matches, both the finalists have won three games each while Ruhuna enjoying a slight edge losing only one match against Kandurata’s two losses.

Kaushalya Weeraratne and Upul Tharanga lead the batsmen’s list so far from the two sides while for Ruhuna, Sanath Jayasuriya and Indika de Saram look to be the other in-form batsmen. For Kandurata, other than Weeraratne, Tharanga Paranavitana, Chamara Kapugedera and Thilan Samaraweera are expected to do well today.

In bowling for Ruhuna, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Jayasuriya and Sajeewa Weerakoon have been performing well throughout the tourney so far. Kandurata bowling meanwhile will rely on Thilan Thushara, Suraj Randiv, Dilhara Fernando and the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan.

Squads -

Ruhuna:

Upul Tharanga (C), Dinesh Chandimal, Geeth Alwis, Harsha Cooray, Indika de Saram, Gihan de Silva (wk), Sujeewa de Silva, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Lasith Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Umesh Karunaratne, Kosala Kulasekara, Tharanga Lakshitha, Lasith Malinga, Ashan Priyanjan, Tillakaratne Sampath, Sachithra Senanayake and Sajeewa Weerakoon

Kandurata:

Kumar Sangakkara (C), Muttiah Muralitharan (vc), Kanishka Alwitigala, Sanjaya Gangodawila, Kanchana Gunawardene, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Suraj Randiv, Chamara Kapugedera, Jeewan Mendis, Nadeera Nawela, Suresh Niroshan (wk), Tharanga Paranavitana, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilan Thushara, Chaminda Vidanapathirana and Kaushalya Weeraratne

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