An unbeaten 56 from Kusal Mendis anchored a relatively straightforward chase as SLC Reds secured a seven-wicket victory over SLC Blues to win the Invitational T20 League.
Chasing a modest target of 137, the Reds barely broke a sweat, stitching partnerships together with ease, with Reds skipper Mendis a mainstay.
He put on a 49-run opening stand with Lasith Croospulle, followed by partnerships of 19, 33 and 36, with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kamindu Mendis and Wanindu Hasaranga respectively.
It was Hasaranga’s 24-runs in the end that brought proceedings to a brisk close, as he hit four boundaries in his brief stint, two of which came in what turned out to be the final over of the game.
Praveen Jayawickrama was the pick of the bowlers for the Blues, picking up figures of 2 for 34.
Maheesh Theekshana and the in-form Asitha Fernando picked up two wickets each, while Dunith Wellalage and Lahiru Madushanka grabbed one apiece.
For the Blues it was Lahiru Udara, the wicketkeeper-batter opening the innings, skipper Dhananjaya de Silva and Ashen Bandara at No. 5, who managed to put up any sort of resistance, scoring 37, 25 and 40 respectively.