result
3rd Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Dec 6 2021, Lanka Premier League
(17.3/20 ov)117/6
Stars won by 4 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
24 (28), 2/18 & 2 catches
dhananjaya-de-silva
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Galle Gladiators116/8(20 overs)
Colombo Stars117/6(17.3 overs)

And with that it's wrap. Thanks for joining me, see you tomorrow!

Dhananjaya meanwhile gets Player of the Match award for his star turn of 2 for 18, including two straight maiden overs. Really set the tone for the match.

David Wiese named Man of the Match. Dilshan called it: "DA: David Wiese Mom? Without those two sixes, I don't think Stars would have won this."

So Colombo get over the line after more than a little scare, first thanks to some world class throttling from their spinners, and then their deep batting coming through. Those late hits from Wiese proved crucial in the end, but don't discount the importance of having someone like Chandimal hanging about. He may get a lot of flak for his relatively poor strike rate, but in scenarios like this he's just the man you need.

Galle will take heart from the fight they showed, though this will be a rude reality check after the ease with which they had won their opening match. They will also wonder what might have been had Ben Dunk hung around a little longer.

17.3
4
Thushara to Chandimal, FOUR runs

Full and fast on off this time, and Chandimal capitalises! Crunches it through the covers for the winning runs. An unconvincing chase, but deserved - just about - in the end.

17.2
4
Thushara to Chandimal, FOUR runs

Oh he didn't know much about that! Thushara pitches it short, and it's the slower one. Chandimal goes for the pull and pulls out, but gets a top edge that flies over the keeper.

17.2
2w
Thushara to Prasanna, 2 wide

very wide down leg from Thushara. The keeper is the star there to keep it down to just the extra.

17.1
Thushara to Prasanna, no run

Full and slow. It's on leg, and it gets a glancing pad through to the keeper.

Thushara back into the attack....

end of over 174 runs • 1 wicket
CS: 107/6CRR: 6.29 RRR: 3.33 • Need 10 from 18b
Dinesh Chandimal18 (25)
Seekkuge Prasanna2 (2)
Pulina Tharanga 4-0-31-2
Noor Ahmad 4-0-22-1
16.6
Pulina Tharanga to Chandimal, no run

flighted again. Pushed to the offside.

16.5
1
Pulina Tharanga to Prasanna, 1 run

Tossed up again, and Seekkuge will clip that on the leg side all day long

16.4
1
Pulina Tharanga to Chandimal, 1 run

tossed up and full. Chandimal has little trouble driving this down to long-off.

16.3
1
Pulina Tharanga to Prasanna, 1 run

Short of a length and pushed away on the offside

16.2
1
Pulina Tharanga to Chandimal, 1 run

length ball, worked away on the leg side

16.1
W
Pulina Tharanga to Wiese, OUT

And the timeout has done the trick! Wiese looks to carve Tharanga over cover, but the man on the boundary does exceedingly well to come an complete a good catch.

David Wiese c Noor Ahmad b Tharanga 22 (16b 0x4 2x6) SR: 137.5

Strategic timeout now and what Dinuk sent quite some time ago still holding true: "Dinuk: It seems the game could go either way"

end of over 167 runs
CS: 103/5CRR: 6.43 RRR: 3.50 • Need 14 from 24b
David Wiese22 (15)
Dinesh Chandimal16 (22)
Noor Ahmad 4-0-22-1
Pulina Tharanga 3-0-27-1
15.6
1
Noor Ahmad to Wiese, 1 run

It's the leg spinner from the lefty, and it spins back quite a bit from well outside off. Wiese cuts it but is cut off by the man at short third.

Round the wicket now...

15.5
2
Noor Ahmad to Wiese, 2 runs

Short and on off stump. It's knocked wide of mid-off for a couple.

15.4
1
Noor Ahmad to Chandimal, 1 run

Arm ball here, and Wiese just knocks it around the corner for a single.

15.4
1w
Noor Ahmad to Chandimal, 1 wide

That's sloppy. Too wide, and the batter all too happy to leave it alone.

15.3
1
Noor Ahmad to Wiese, 1 run

Too short this time, and Wiese can cut this away

15.2
Noor Ahmad to Wiese, no run

Oh that's well bowled. Angled across Wiese, but beats both the batter and the stumps.

15.1
1
Noor Ahmad to Chandimal, 1 run

It's pushed through and defended well.

Noor Ahmad returns...

end of over 1516 runs
CS: 96/5CRR: 6.40 RRR: 4.20 • Need 21 from 30b
David Wiese18 (11)
Dinesh Chandimal14 (20)
Pulina Tharanga 3-0-27-1
Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-15-1
14.6
2
Pulina Tharanga to Wiese, 2 runs

Wiese looking more confident now. Short and not all that wide, but Wiese goes back and cuts it away for a couple.

14.5
6
Pulina Tharanga to Wiese, SIX runs

Bang! Wiese goes again, and he gets this much better. Full on off stump and hoisted over cover.

14.4
6
Pulina Tharanga to Wiese, SIX runs

Wiese gets a hold of this - just about. Too short from Tharanga and Wiese swivels back and pulls it over midwicket.

Best performances - batters
Ben Dunk portrait
BR Dunk GG
38 runs (25)
4 fours
1 six
Control72%
Productive shot
slog sweep
10 runs
1 four
1 six
0310713104
Dinesh Chandimal, player portrait
LD Chandimal CS
26 runs (27)
2 fours
0 six
Control78%
Productive shot
flick
7 runs
0 four
0 six
25346114
Best performances - bowlers
Dhananjaya de Silva portrait
DM de Silva CS
O
4
M
2
R
18
W
2
ECO
4.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Akila Dananjaya portrait
A Dananjaya CS
O
4
M
0
R
19
W
2
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossGalle Gladiators, elected to bat first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Dhananjaya de Silva
Dhananjaya de Silva
Match days06 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Sri Lanka Image
Deepal Gunawardene
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Rohitha Kottahachchi
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Manoj Mendis
PointsColombo Stars 2, Galle Gladiators 0
AskESPNcricinfo Logo
Instant answers to T20 questions