full on fourth stump, flicked to midwicket.
10.28 pm Bad news everyone. I'm afraid the match has been called off. Too much rain and no chance of a restart. It means split points for Dambulla and Jaffna. They both move one point clear of Colombo Kings to turn a three-way tie atop the table into a two-way deadlock on nine points. Tomorrow is an off day. Come back on Wednesday for the next LPL doubleheader starting with Kandy Tuskers against Jaffna Stallions followed by Galle Gladiators against Dambulla Viiking. That's all from us for today. Take care!
9.28 pm False alarm. Sorry folks, it's raining again. Covers back on.
9.13 pm The word from Hambantota is that the rain has stopped and the covers are being removed. So hopefully we will have a resumption before too long.
8.38 pm The umpires are calling for the covers to come out finally as the rain has gotten too thick for play to continue.
Around the stumps for the last ball to Dickwella.
full on middle, flicked toward deep midwicket where it's collected for one.
very full on middle and chipped back to the bowler.
short and wide, cut behind point to the sweeper.
short on the stumps, slapped back to the bowler's right back down the pitch, hits the non-striker's stumps before taking a carom toward mid-off.
good length ball flicked through the ring.
Wicket maiden for Hasaranga. Nothing special about the over. Six hittable balls and Samit picked out the ring fielders every time until the final ball. Meanwhile the ground staff is waiting to bring the covers out at any moment. Rain still falling, lightly. Here comes the Jaffna boy, Viyaskanth.
fumble before recollecting and completing the stumping. Not Samit Patel's finest moment, nor Johnson Charles either but Charles is able to recover from his initial gaffe spilling a simple chance as Samit walks past a straight ball trying to flick to midwicket. Samit gives up believing he's long gone. Charles luckily spilled it straight in front of off stump and reaches forward to pick up the ball and knock off the bails.
short on fourth stump, slices a cut to short third man.
full on fifth stump, driven to extra cover.
full on off, flicked toward mid-on.
full again and punched to the off side.
full on the stumps, defended.
Spin now from Hasaranga with a slip in.
full slower ball on fourth stump, goes on a knee to paddle this behind square.
short on fifth stump, uppercuts this over third man up in the ring, clears him comfortably before bouncing over the rope.
Olivier switches to over the stumps to the lefty Dickwella.
full on fourth stump, shovels this high over cover and the chase teases the fielder from the ring all the way to the rope.
batsman backs away from leg as Olivier goes for a wide yorker that lands outside the guidelines. Bonus ball to come.
Around the stumps to Dickwella.
fullish length on the legs, flicked behind square for a single.
Four balls short of a legally completed official innings as the rain starts to accelerate into something more than a drizzle. Here's Samit Patel.
length ball on fourth stump, tries to heave this high over midwicket, gets it off the splice and it flutters up to mid-on, simple catch by Malik on the ring.
back of a length on off, guided with an open face to backward point, can't beat the diving fielder.
fullish length on fourth stump, flicks this flamingo style high over mid-on and it bounces away to the rope.