By Srian Obeyesekere
Galle was on 93,for 5,chasing 258 for victory in the final of the National Super 2023 on the penultimate day Saturday at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Galle’s bowlers spearheaded by pacie Mohammad Shiraz with a 5-wicket haul well supported by Asanka Manoj who grabbed two including the prize wicket of Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva for a duck, made short shrift of Dambulla’s second innings with the last six wickets falling for the addition of 80 resuming from an overnight 116.for 4.. Mohammad Shiraz took three of the wickets to fall for fine figures of 5 for 52.
Galle in a repeat play out of the first innings lost five wickets for next to nothing before their first innings saviour Pathum Mahesh Kumara once again steadied the side with an unbeaten 26’off 44 balls hitting 4 boundaries. With him was Dunith Wellalage on 4., Dambulla rode back into co contention through Lahiru Samarakoon’s 3-wicket burst for 32.