RESULT
6th Match (D/N), Colombo (RPS), December 08, 2021, Lanka Premier League
(18.5/20 ov, T:196) 177

Giants won by 18 runs

Player Of The Match
62 (34) & 2 catches
phil-salt
CS
Full commentary

That's it from us for this match, but don't forget to hop on to the match between Jaffna Kings and Kandy Warriors soon. Until then, it's goodnight and goodbye from George and me, Himanshu!

Dasun Shanaka: "I thought we should come back strongly. Salt started strongly. 195 is a good total, and I knew it is defendable. I think bowlers should come up well in the next match."

Dhananjaya de Silva: "Our powerplay went wrong with the ball. We played very good cricket other than that. I thought they would get 210 or 220."

Phil Salt is the Player of the Match: "Just trying to enjoy my cricket and play with a smile on my face. You have to get off to a flyer on these wickets."

Time for the presentation

Salt, Zadran, Shanaka and Karunaratne did enough with the bat for Giants, and helped set 196, always an under-pressure chase. And in the end, the total proves just enough.

6.46pm A close finish in the end after what seemed like easily going the Giants' way. Just 18 runs separate the sides, as Stars fight but fall short. Too many starts thrown away by Stars in the chase, as Giants kept striking through Pradeep and all his colleagues, everyone of whom chipped in with at least a wicket each.

18.5
W
C Karunaratne to Chameera, OUT

taken by the keeper to end the entertainment! Excellent catch, with is right glove stretched upwards. Chameera looked to continue to slashing, with his back knee down and outside off. But the ball was fullish outside off and took the outside edge as he looked to heave

Dushmantha Chameera c †Dickwella b Karunaratne 15 (7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 214.28
18.5
1w
C Karunaratne to Chameera, 1 wide

and wide again. Comes down the track to this good length ball and wide outside off

18.4
2
C Karunaratne to Chameera, 2 runs

dropped at deep point! Oh my! Mendis the fielder, as he over-runs the ball and spills it. Chameera had sliced that full ball outside off aerially, and manages two here

Chameera almost clutching his right hamstring after that two...

18.3
2
C Karunaratne to Chameera, 2 runs

slices this full ball outside off to long-on, where Tahir rushes forward, but is not able to prevent two

24 from 10...

18.3
1w
C Karunaratne to Chameera, 1 wide

full and wide of off, and left alone. Wide called this time

18.2
C Karunaratne to Chameera, no run

first bouncer called, as he misses his pull to this short delivery on middle and off. The ball went over his bat as he pulled

18.1
6
C Karunaratne to Chameera, SIX runs

tonked over deep midwicket! Is there life in the game yet? Right from the meat of the bat, as he went down on his back knee to that good length ball on off, which is a slower ball

end of over 1820 runs • 1 wicket
CS: 165/9CRR: 9.16 RRR: 15.50 • Need 31 runs from 12b
Akila Dananjaya2 (1)
Dushmantha Chameera5 (2)
Nuwan Pradeep 4-0-50-3
Chamika Karunaratne 3-0-34-1
17.6
2
Pradeep to Dananjaya, 2 runs

clears mid-off by a fair distance, as he lofts that slower ball on a full length on off. Good chase back by the fielder too

Dananjaya is the last man. Pradeep comes from over the stumps.

17.5
W
Pradeep to Prasanna, OUT

loud, loud appeal for leg before, and given out after a lot of thought. But Prasanna reviews. It is a fair delivery, which lands bang to the right side of his front knee, with his front leg nearly out of the way as he tried to hoick that to the on side. Replays confirm it would have clipped leg stump on umpire's call, and so Prasanna has to walk back

Seekkuge Prasanna lbw b Pradeep 17 (8b 0x4 2x6) SR: 212.5
17.4
6
Pradeep to Prasanna, SIX runs

whacked over long leg for six! Full ball on middle and off, and another slower ball. He went down on his back knee to swing it high and far for the maximum

17.4
1w
Pradeep to Prasanna, 1 wide

short and wide of off, and given wide as he misses his slash

17.3
6
Pradeep to Prasanna, SIX runs

sliced to just clear deep point! A yorker length just outside off, and he opens the bat face to loft that gently to the right of deep point

17.2
1
Pradeep to Chameera, 1 run

on a good length ball on middle, and he pulls that high. Slower delivery too, and the ball took the top edge to fine leg, where Zadran tried to grab that low in front of him, but the ball seemed to have dropped just short

17.1
4
Pradeep to Chameera, FOUR runs

lofted disdainly over the umpire's head! The ball was right in the slot outside off, and he drilled it back using his wrists like a half-helicopter shot

Chameera is the No. 10.

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
CS: 145/8CRR: 8.52 RRR: 17.00 • Need 51 runs from 18b
Seekkuge Prasanna5 (5)
Chamika Karunaratne 3-0-34-1
Nuwan Pradeep 3-0-30-2
16.6
W
C Karunaratne to Chandimal, OUT

well grabbed by Shanaka at long-off while sliding across to his right! Another change of pace delivery - in fact bowled from back of the hand - on a back of a length outside off, as Chandimal danced down after making room and slashed to long-off. Good anticipation by the fielder there, since it came flat to him

Dinesh Chandimal c Shanaka b Karunaratne 26 (16b 2x4 2x6) SR: 162.5
16.5
1
C Karunaratne to Prasanna, 1 run

skies that to midwicket, but is safe. Slower ball on a good length on off, and he swung with all his might

16.4
C Karunaratne to Prasanna, no run

huge appeal for a caught behind by the keeper, but not given. But Giants review. It is a legal ball all right. Short of a length pitching on off, as Prasanna went for the pull with the ball passing over his bat and glove. Nothing on UltraEdge, and so it stays not out as Giants lose a review. By the way, first bouncer called

16.3
2
C Karunaratne to Prasanna, 2 runs

hoicked to long-off, as he plays forcefully to that full ball on off

16.3
1w
C Karunaratne to Prasanna, 1 wide

tight call, and wide given. Very full and outside off, as the batter swings away from his body and misses

16.2
1
C Karunaratne to Chandimal, 1 run

change of pace again, on a fullish length and a touch wide of off. Slashed toward deep point

16.2
1w
C Karunaratne to Chandimal, 1 wide

veryyyy wide. Pitches on a good length around an imaginary tenth stump, as the keeper collects to his right

16.1
1
C Karunaratne to Prasanna, 1 run

slower ball on a full length on off. Heaved to long-on

Karunaratne replaces Tahir

 
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