result
14th Match (D/N), Hambantota, Dec 7 2020, Lanka Premier League
(17.3/20 ov, target 172)175/2
Gladiators won by 8 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
5/26
mohammad-amir
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• Madushka Balasuriya

Pakistan duo Mohammad Amir, Ahsan Ali hand Galle Gladiators maiden win in LPL 2020

Amir took 5 for 26 while Ahsan struck a 38-ball 56 against Colombo Kings in Lanka Premier League

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Scorecard summary
Colombo Kings171/10(20 overs)
Galle Gladiators175/2(17.3 overs)

That's it for our coverage from what seems like the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Don't go too far though. Peter Della Penna will be firing up the ball-by-ball for Jaffna Stallions v Dambulla Viiking shortly.

Mohammad Amir is Player of the Match for his 5/26: "We were under pressure, but we are responding very well now. Sandakan is bowling well and using his variations well. Whenever we need him, he is delivering for us."

Bhanuka Rajapaksa: "It's great to get that first win. It was an all-round performance. It was important to get wickets through the middle overs, and Amir and Sandakan did that. Special mention to Nuwan Thushara as well who did well in his first game."

Angelo Mathews: "We weren't up to the mark today. The intensity and attitude hasn't been great. We were 20 or 30 runs short. The batters are going well, except for me. Hopefully I can contribute in the rest of the tournament."

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Excuse me, but where has this Galle Gladiators side been all tournament? There was none of the flatness in the field we saw from them in the last match. And their bowling was substantially better, with Amir leading the way with a tournament-best performance, while Lakshan Sandakan struck key blows through the middle overs. Nuwan Thushara, the round-arm Malinga-style slinger, had a good debut outing too, and together they kept Kings to a total that seemed sub-par.

Gunathilaka and Ahsan Ali then laid the foundations for the chase with their 97-run opening stand off 63 deliveries. From there, it was pretty straightforward. Rajapaksa found some for m for the first time, and Azam Khan hit some big blows. In the end, this match wasn't even close to being close.

Kings are one of the tournament favourites. Gladiators have been pathetic so far. And yet, they seem to have some new life in them. Can they make a charge through the back end of this tournament? Despite five losses to start, they are still in it.

17.3
4
Prasad to Azam Khan, FOUR runs

fullish ball on the stumps, thumped back over the bowler's head for four. That's it. Azam finishes it in a hurry

17.2
2
Prasad to Azam Khan, 2 runs

length outside off, hit high into the air towards long on. It hung in the air for ages, but didn't clear the 30-yard circle by much. Laurie Evans running in from long on can't get there and they run two

17.1
6
Prasad to Azam Khan, SIX runs

slower, short ball and that's been hit into orbit. Sat up nicely and sent hiiigh over deep square leg for his third six

ASADULLAH: "ICC should take an action on the selection of boundries,beacuse its very small,should be the less size of 75METERS for the international cricket and for leagues also." The boundaries are not THAT short. It's just that Hambantota has an enormous playing area (about 100 metres), and they've pulled the ropes in.

Prasad is back.

end of over 1710 runs
GG: 163/2CRR: 9.58 RRR: 3.00
Bhanuka Rajapaksa37 (24)
Azam Khan23 (13)
Isuru Udana 4-0-32-0
Tharindu Kaushal 1-0-16-0
16.6
Udana to Rajapaksa, no run

yorker on the toes, Rajapaksa makes room and misses, and the ball whizzes past leg stump

16.5
Udana to Rajapaksa, no run

length on the stumps, pushed back down the pitch

16.4
6
Udana to Rajapaksa, SIX runs

this is short - waist high - on the body, and Rajapaksa swivels to hammer that over deep square leg for six. Gladiators are going to get there at a canter.Nine required now.

16.3
4
Udana to Rajapaksa, FOUR runs

full on the stumps and Rajapaksa gets down the track, makes room, and drills this powerfully along the ground to the cover boundary.

16.2
Udana to Rajapaksa, no run

full on the toes, jammed to short midwicket again

16.1
Udana to Rajapaksa, no run

fullish on the stumps. Bhanuka pokes this to short midwicket.

Udana is back for his final over.

end of over 1616 runs
GG: 153/2CRR: 9.56 RRR: 4.75
Azam Khan23 (13)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa27 (18)
Tharindu Kaushal 1-0-16-0
Andre Russell 2-0-22-0
15.6
Kaushal to Azam Khan, no run

tries to hit that square on the offside, but doesn't quite hit it right, and that's straight to short third man

15.5
Kaushal to Azam Khan, no run

flatter, fuller delivery, driven back down the pitch and there's no run

15.4
4
Kaushal to Azam Khan, FOUR runs

floated up from Kaushal, and Azam gets out the hard square sweep this time, to and hits it powerfully over square leg, and into a huge gap on the boundary for four. A couple of bounces before it passes the rope. Kaushal's not getting any turn, though he's spinning it hard

15.3
Kaushal to Azam Khan, no run

this is a topspinner outside off stump. Azam Khan tries to flay this through the offside, but only gets a thick outside edge to it and they don't run

15.2
6
Kaushal to Azam Khan, SIX runs

this one is even bigger. Floated up on the stumps, Azam gets low and gets those fast wrists through the ball. That's way over cow corner

15.1
6
Kaushal to Azam Khan, SIX runs

welcomed to the crease with a six over long on. Azam was down the pitch, got low and blasted this down the ground

Surprised it's taken so long to bring Tharindu Kaushal's offspin into the attack. But he's hear now.

end of over 1510 runs
GG: 137/2CRR: 9.13 RRR: 7.00
Bhanuka Rajapaksa27 (18)
Azam Khan7 (7)
Andre Russell 2-0-22-0
Isuru Udana 3-0-22-0
14.6
4
Russell to Rajapaksa, FOUR runs

backs away, and that's beautifully ramped to the fine third man boundary. Russell follows him with the bouncer, but Bhanuka bends backwards to create the room, and makes a nice connection with the ramp shot. He's got himself it to some kind of form for the first time in the compeition

14.5
4
Russell to Rajapaksa, FOUR runs

shortish ball on the stups, and that is wristily turned behind square with substantial power for a boundary. Beat the short fine leg fielder by quite a distance

14.4
Russell to Rajapaksa, no run

bouncer from Russell, which Bhanuka can't get bat to

14.3
1
Russell to Azam Khan, 1 run

full on the stumps, driven down to long on

14.2
Russell to Azam Khan, no run

fullish ball outside off stump. Azam tries to flick that aerially over the legside, but he just hits that on to his pads

Best performances - batters
Ahsan Ali portrait
Ahsan Ali GG
56 runs (38)
9 fours
1 six
Control88%
Productive shot
pull
20 runs
3 fours
1 six
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Daniel Bell-Drummond player portrait
DJ Bell-Drummond CK
44 runs (36)
3 fours
1 six
Control83%
Productive shot
pull
11 runs
0 four
1 six
429401716
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Amir portrait
Mohammad Amir GG
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
5
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Lakshan Sandakan portrait
PADLR Sandakan GG
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
3
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossColombo Kings, elected to bat first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir
Match days7 December 2020 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
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Deepal Gunawardene
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Lyndon Hannibal
TV Umpire
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Prageeth Rambukwella
Reserve Umpire
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Keerthi Bandara
Match Referee
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Wendell Labrooy
PointsGalle Gladiators 2, Colombo Kings 0