Bushrangers in charge after Wayamba collapse
The Wayamba Elevens lost 8 wickets in the spell of just 41 deliveries to hand the advantage to the Victorian Bushrangers after being bowled out for just 106.
The Sri Lankan’s collapsed from 81-2 losing their final 8 wickets adding just 25 runs with Mahela Jayawardene (51) Jehan Mubarak (44) scoring all but 5 of their teams runs.
Having lost the toss the Bushrangers came out firing with the ball; taking two early wickets to leave Wayamba 9-2 after Jeevantha Kulatunga (0) and Mahela Udawatte (0) had both departed inside the first 2 overs.
Kulatunga was the first to go after he was bowled by James Pattinson before Clint McKay doubled the Bushrangers advantage two deliveries later when he ran out Udawatte with a direct hit from mid-on.
With their faint hopes of reaching the knock out stages hanging by a thread Wayamba skipper Mubarak came to the crease to join Jayawardene with his team deep in trouble.
Despite the precarious position; Jayawardene threw caution to the wind dispatching Peter Siddle for three boundaries in the 4th over to get Wayamba’s recovery under way.
Having both disappointed with the bat so far in the tournament Jayawardene and Mubarak played an encouraging innings; building a 2nd wicket partnership of 72 to put the pressure on the Bushrangers.
The pair peppered the boundary with 10 fours during a 52 ball partnership which was ended by Andrew McDonald at the start of the 11th over after Mubarak tamely chiped the ball to David Hussey at short extra cover.
Kushal Janith Perera (2) quickly followed after he was caught by Hussey, this time off the bowling of Pattinson to leave Wayamba 90-4 with just over 8 overs remaining.
After the positive response by Jayawardene and Mubarak to losing the early wickets; Wayamba lost their way completely with Shalika Karunanayake (0), Thisara Perera (0) and Isuru Udana (0) all departing in the space of 4 deliveries to leave the Sri Lankan’s 95-7.
Having watched on as 5 wickets fell in the space of 22 deliveries Jayawardene completed a well deserved half century at the start of the 16th over with a boundary through point before his off stump was knocked out of the ground by Peter Siddle’s next delivery.
The 25 year old completed his spell by dismissing Rangana Herath (2) to leave Wayamba 106-9 after Herath became his 4th victim of the night to complete a career best spell of 4-29.
Dirk Nannes completed the slump by removing Ajantha Mendis (1) 3 deliveries later to leave the Bushrangers chasing a total of just 107.