Navindu Pahasara showcased brutal power hitting during his Scintillating hundred, as Fog Academy comprehensively defeated Dharmapala Kottawa in the final to become the Champion of Inaugural U15 Murali Goodness Cup, played at Hikkaduwa Sri Sumangala MCC Lords on Saturday, December 9.
After match reduced to 36 Overs per side due to damp pitch, Kottawa won the toss and asked Fog Academy to bat. The dominance of Pahasara and Sadeera Weeraratne proved too much for Kottawa bowlers as they fell apart. Sadeera smashed 82 runs in 52 ball, but it was Pahasara who stole the show. He took only 87 balls for his 109 runs, and most memorably hit seven Consecutive sixes To Help his team in posting a mammoth total of 283 for 7 in 36 overs. For Kottawa, Semila Liyanage took three wickets for 45, while Niman Umesh grabbed 2 scalps.
Chasing the target, Kottawa bundled out for paltry 72 runs in 20.5 overs and lost the match by 211 runs. Lohan Arosha became the Chief destroyer of Kottawa batsmen, as he picked five wickets just for 9 runs.
Pahasara won the Man of the match award for his hundred, while his teammate Navod Paranawithana won man of the series award for his 394 runs in the tournament, including two centuries. Semila Liyanage of Dharmapala Kitties was awarded with best bowler of the tournament, for his 14 wickets.
The tournament was entirely sponsored and organized by Legendary Muttiah Muralitharan and Foundation Of Goodness. The legend himself was there for the final and made it a memorable day for all the young players, as he distributed the trophy and awards.