result
7th Match (D/N), Hambantota, Dec 1 2020, Lanka Premier League
(18.4/20 ov, target 176)147
Viiking won by 28 runs
player of the match
Dasun Shanaka
Dambulla Viiking

Folks, that's it from our coverage of this one. The good news, though, is that it's a double-header day and Peter Della Penna will be getting the ball-by-ball coverage of the Stallions v Tuskers going going in a bit, Join us over on that page. Take it easy.

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Dasun Shanaka, player of the match and Viiking captain: I should thank all the bowlers and the spinners. The youngsters were good. Pulina Tharanga and Colombage were brilliant. The pitch was a bit sticky at the start so I thought the spinners would be good. They've got a lot of right-handers in their line up so the left-arm spinners worked well against them.

Colombo Kings captain Angelo Mathews; I think they made about 20 runs too many on that wicket, which was slower than the previous ones. We lost our way in the Powerplay, but Dasun Shanaka batted well. We don't need to panic. We've got the team and we've got the firepower. We've got to get the attitude right. There's still a long way to go in this tournament. Just because we have a good team we can't walk away with a win.

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It's early in the tournament, but I have to say this definitely seems like the first upset of the LPL. Kings have some seeeerious firepower in their XI, and 176 wasn't a crazy target on this pitch. Shanaka had stacked his side with spinners - particularly spinners who take the ball away from the right hander, and he marshaled them well. The wickets of Mathews and Russell, who both fell cheaply, were huge. Samit Patel, Malinda Pushpakumara, Pulina Tharanga and Anwar Ali all took a couple of wickets each.

With the bat, Shanaka had stood up once again, making 56 off 34. He had some help from Samit Patel and Angelo Perera as Viiking overcame a horror start.

Both these teams go away with two wins from three matches now.

18.4
W
Anwar Ali to Chameera, OUT

out now though. Anwar Ali digs this into the pitch and angles it into Chameera's ribs. He tries to hack it away to leg, but it catches him high on the bat, takes the top edge and pops up in the air towards point. Pulina Tharanga sprints in to take an excellent diving catch, low to the ground. Viiking win by 28.

Dushmantha Chameera c Tharanga b Anwar Ali 17 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 141.67
18.3
4
Anwar Ali to Chameera, FOUR runs

that's a super shot. Overpitched outside off stump. Chameera gets underneath it and slams this over wide mid on, and on to the boundary

18.2
Anwar Ali to Chameera, no run

slower yorker just outside off. Chameera just digs it out

18.1
4
Anwar Ali to Chameera, FOUR runs

that'll help. Back of a length ball outside off stump. Chameera tries to club that over long on, but that's hit the under edge and skipped past the keeper, all the way to the fence

Vanishingly slim chance that Kings can win this, but they are at least doing their run rate a favour. Will they attempt the target? 37 from 12 needed with the last-wicket pair at the crease.

end of over 1812 runs
CK: 139/9CRR: 7.72 • RRR: 18.50 • Need 37 runs from 12b
Jeffrey Vandersay4 (3)
Dushmantha Chameera9 (8)
Kasun Rajitha3-0-27-1
Pulina Tharanga3-0-31-2
17.6
4
Rajitha to Jeffrey, FOUR runs

shot. Crunching drive. Overpitched outside the off stump and Vandersay lays into that, sending it scorching across the ground through extra cover

17.5
Rajitha to Jeffrey, no run

knee-high full toss outside off stump, but Vandersay hits that straight to mid off and they decide against the run

17.4
1
Rajitha to Chameera, 1 run

fullish outside off stump, sliced away to deep point

17.3
Rajitha to Chameera, no run

length ball outside off, struck straight to cover

17.2
2
Rajitha to Chameera, 2 runs

slower ball, 101kph, full outside off stump. Dragged wide of long on who has a bit of work to do

17.2
1w
Rajitha to Chameera, 1 wide

Rajitha responds with a bouncer, but that's too short and travels over CHameera's head

17.1
4
Rajitha to Chameera, FOUR runs

Hangs back to hammer this short of a length ball over midwicket for four. Nicely struck

Rajitha's back.

end of over 1716 runs • 1 wicket
CK: 127/9CRR: 7.47 • RRR: 16.33 • Need 49 runs from 18b
Jeffrey Vandersay0 (1)
Dushmantha Chameera2 (4)
Pulina Tharanga3-0-31-2
Samit Patel4-0-30-2
16.6
Pulina Tharanga to Jeffrey, no run

Dickwella thinks this could be out. Dananjaya misses a legbreak and has dragged his foot out of the crease. Dickwella breaks the bails but on replay, Dananjaya has just managed to push his foot back across the crease

16.5
1
Pulina Tharanga to Chameera, 1 run

fullish on the middle stump, Chameera tries to slog sweep but gets a thick under edge and it goes towards deep midwicket

16.5
5w
Pulina Tharanga to Chameera, 5 wide

fired down the legside. Dickwella can't get across to it

16.4
Pulina Tharanga to Chameera, no run

pushed through flat, defended

16.3
W
Pulina Tharanga to Qais, OUT

tries it a third time and perishes. This is flatter and faster from Tharanga, Qais is down the track again and ties to launch it, but miscues it. Angelo Perera runs around from long on to get his body underneath it. Another good catch for him

Qais Ahmad c Perera b Tharanga 14 (9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 155.56
16.2
6
Pulina Tharanga to Qais, SIX runs

another big one. Qais can hammer it. Down the track again, and although Pulina dragged it down, Qais went through with the shot and walloped it way over long on for six

16.1
4
Pulina Tharanga to Qais, FOUR runs

down the track, gets to the pitch of this flatter delivery, and sends it like bullet down to the straight boundary. Solid hit.

Pulina Tharanga is back.