Sri Lanka Legends
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Sri Lanka Legends reached the final of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21 after claiming a one-sided 8-wicket victory against South Africa Legends during the second semi-final of this tournament. On this Sunday (21st March), India Legends and Sri Lanka Legends will face each other in the final of this tournament.

After Sri Lanka Legends captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the toss, he sent their opponents to bat first. South Africa Legends were bundled out for 125 runs in 20 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka Legends chased down the target in 17.2 overs after losing only both their openers.

Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Semi-Final 2: Sri Lanka Legends vs South Africa Legends

2nd innings (Sri Lanka Legends): Upul Tharanga and Chinthaka Jayasinghe made the chase very comfortable

Both the Sri Lanka Legends openers, captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya scored 18 runs each in that chasing as Makhaya Ntini and Alviro Petersen respectively got those wickets. But the next batsmen Upul Tharanga and Chinthaka Jayasinghe totally controlled that chasing with their solid batting performances as Sri Lanka Legends comfortably chased down the target.

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Upul Tharanga. (Credits: Twitter)

Upul Tharanga and Chinthaka Jayasinghe had 70 runs partnership for the unbroken third wicket. While Tharanga scored 39 not out off 44 balls (5 fours), aggressive Jayasinghe scored 47 not out off 25 balls with the help of 8 fours and only six.

1st innings (South Africa Legends): Nuwan Kulasekara became the first bowler in this tournament history to claim a 5-wicket haul

The right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara brought the early breakthrough by dismissing the opener Andrew Puttick for a duck. Then another opener Morne van Wyk and Alviro Petersen set up the 47 runs partnership for the second wicket.

But once than partnership was broken, South Africa Legends faced a huge batting collapse. Petersen scored run-a-ball 27 runs (5 fours) as Farveez Maharoof took his wicket. Later, the opener Morne scored a fifty (53 off 47 balls with the help of 8 fours) before Sanath Jayasuriya successfully trapped him for lbw.

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Morne van Wyk (Image Credit: Twitter)

But Nuwan Kulasekara actually dominated with the ball in hand as he took four more wickets apart from the opener Puttick. His other successes were dismissing Roger Telemachus (5), Makhaya Ntini (0), Justin Kemp (15) and Monde Zondeki (0). Apart from the opener Morne van Wyk and no.3 batsman Alviro Petersen, only Kemp scored double-digit scores in that innings.

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Nuwan Kulasekara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nuwan Kulasekara had bowling figures of 4-0-25-5 as it was the first five-wicket haul in this tournament history. Also, Maharoof (1/18), Kaushalya Weeraratne (1/12) and Jayasuriya (1/12) got one wicket each in this match.

Brief Scores: South Africa Legends – 125 in 20 overs (Morne van Wyk 53, Alviro Petersen 27; Nuwan Kulasekara 5/25)

Sri Lanka Legends – 129/2 in 17.2 overs (Chinthaka Jayasinghe 47*, Upul Tharanga 39*; Alviro Petersen 1/15)

Result – Sri Lanka Legends won by 8 wickets