2nd Semi-final (N), Hambantota, Dec 14 2020, Lanka Premier League
(19.1/20 ov, target 166)128
Stallions won by 37 runs
Player Of The Match
76 (56)

That's it from us today. So the #3 and #4 seed have advanced to the final. Who'd have guessed that at the start of the semis? Come back on Wednesday to see whether Jaffna Stallions or Galle Gladiators will lift the championship trophy. Until then, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

Man of the Match is Johnson Charles: "It was a good pitch but it definitely was holding a bit for the slow bowlers so you couldn't really hit through the line against the spinners. But all in all it was a good pitch. At the start I didn't [read Hasaranga], I just move with what my eyes see and it's working."

Jaffna Stallions captain Thisara Perera: "I was a little worried. We had a lot of experiments [in previous games] but we went back to full strength. [Runouts] will happen in any cricket, even T20Is or 50-cricket, but at the end of the day we won. As a bowling unit, we've done a really good job. In this kind of weather and conditions, it's tough to grip the ball. Wanindu Hasaranga, he's doing a great job for us."

Dambulla Viiking captain Dasun Shanaka: "I think we did really good in our bowling, especially Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha. Hopefully they'll carry this momentum into the international matches. The two runouts cost the game for us. If they were not, the game would have been different. 165 was gettable on this wicket. Hasaranga is a matchwinner. There are a lot of positives in this team, especially the way Dickwella kept behind the stumps." Shanaka then names basically every single player in his squad as having had a good tournament.

Matt: "Seems crazy that the Kings and Viikings (the top 2 teams in the group stage) will not make it to the final!"

10.40 pm A topsy-turvy semi-final. Jaffna were way in front the first 10 overs, then looked like they may have bungled the victory with a significant stumble in the second half of their batting. But the bowlers ensured this was a far easier win on paper than it really should have been. Dambulla with a very weak fight once the third wicket went down. They lost 5 for 34 in a middle phase, 8 for 54 in all to end the match. Once Dickwella fell, the innings more resembled Humpty Dumpty. Credit to the tournament's leading wicket-taker Hasaranga with the golden arm at the bowling crease and Usman Shinwari with the golden arm at short third man creating multiple runouts to hasten the collapse. Jaffna Stallions now move on to join Galle Gladiators in the final on Wednesday.

de Silva to Rajitha, OUT

flighted full on fourth stump and skids on, batsman goes to slog sweep and misses. Middle and off stump are knocked back and the bails light up on their way to the earth. Jaffna Stallions with a brilliant fightback in the field to win by 37 runs.

Kasun Rajitha b PC de Silva 2 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Chaturanga to bowl the final over. Mathematically over already with 38 needed to win.

end of over 193 runs
DV: 128/9CRR: 6.73 RRR: 38.00
Kasun Rajitha2 (10)
Lahiru Kumara1 (3)
Suranga Lakmal 3-0-24-1
Duanne Olivier 4-0-35-1
Lakmal to Rajitha, 1 run

yorker on middle, driven to mid-off.

Lakmal to Lahiru Kumara, 1 run

full length ball on the stumps, slapped through the leg side.

Lakmal to Lahiru Kumara, no run

dropped! Or did it not carry regardless? Slower ball on a length on fifth stump, batsman slashes at this and edges it but it flutters just short of the keeper, taken on a half-volley.

Lakmal to Rajitha, 1 bye

wide yorker, Charles lets this go through his legs for a bye to deep fine leg.

Lakmal to Rajitha, no run

slower ball lands on a good length on the legs, batsman way out in front trying to heave this to leg.

Lakmal to Rajitha, no run

attempted yorker into the legs, can't whip this away.

end of over 1817 runs • 1 wicket
DV: 125/9CRR: 6.94 RRR: 20.50
Lahiru Kumara0 (1)
Kasun Rajitha1 (6)
Duanne Olivier 4-0-35-1
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-1-15-3
Olivier to Lahiru Kumara, no run

full length on the stumps, flicked along the ground to mid-on.

Olivier to Lahiru Kumara, 1 wide

good length ball slides down leg. Will have to rebowl again.

Olivier to Lahiru Kumara, 1 wide

bouncer over the stumps, goes to heave this for the leg side and is late. Square leg umpire Hannibal says it was too high to play. Bonus ball to come.

Olivier to Rajitha, 1 run

short on off stump, flat-bat slapped to mid-off fielded on a bounce to who else but Shinwari. He relays into the non-striker's stumps and Rajitha beats the throw by an inch. Nearly a third runout off his arm.

Olivier to Mendis, OUT

full on off, tries to shovel this over mid-off in the ring but doesn't get the elevation, Shinwari has been a magnet for the ball in the field and he backpedals from the ring to take this catch with palms facing into the body at rib height.

Ramesh Mendis c Usman Shinwari b Olivier 26 (10b 4x4 1x6) SR: 260
Olivier to Mendis, SIX runs

length ball on the stumps, tries to heave this over midwicket but gets a thick top edge that swirls over deep fine leg 10 yards over the rope clearing the LCD ad boards and sending the ground staff scattering.

Olivier to Mendis, FOUR runs

full length ball wide outside off, carves this elegantly high over extra cover.

Olivier to Mendis, FOUR runs

length ball on fourth stump, skies a heave toward deep midwicket. Fielder Avishka Fernando is struggling to place this in the lights, dives left at the last moment after tracking it along the rope and never got a hand to it. Should've been a catch but technically not a drop since he never got flesh to it. Bounces over for four.

end of over 17Wicket maiden
DV: 108/8CRR: 6.35 RRR: 19.33
Kasun Rajitha0 (5)
Ramesh Mendis12 (6)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-1-15-3
Duanne Olivier 3-0-18-0

Not sure what point is in blocking out balls now. Might as well go down in a blaze of glory. 50-run loss is as good as a 5-run loss when you're in a semi-final.

Hasaranga de Silva to Rajitha, no run

flighted full on fifth stump, defended on the front foot. Wicket maiden, his second maiden of the tourney.

Hasaranga de Silva to Rajitha, no run

finally hacks at a full length ball wide on sixth stump, but it caroms into his feet.

Hasaranga de Silva to Rajitha, no run

another watchful prod to a good length ball.

Hasaranga de Silva to Rajitha, no run

full and defended again.

Hasaranga de Silva to Rajitha, no run

flighted full on fifth stump, prods forward to keep out the hat-trick ball.

Rajitha comes out on a hat-trick ball. Hasaranga took a wicket last ball of his previous over.

Hasaranga de Silva to Malinda, OUT

sharp catch at slip! Good length ball on sixth stump, top spinner skids to produce an edge on a cut that goes fine into the slip fielder's lap. Straightforward catch. This leggie has been something else in the LPL!

Malinda Pushpakumara c Perera b PWH de Silva 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50