result
16th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Dec 14 2021, Lanka Premier League
(14/14 ov)134/7
(14/14 ov, target 135)125/5
Gladiators won by 9 runs
Player Of The Match
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samit-patel
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Scorecard summary
Galle Gladiators134/7(14 overs)
Dambulla Giants125/5(14 overs)
end of over 1411 runs • 1 wicket
DG: 125/5CRR: 8.92 
Chamika Karunaratne8 (3)
Sachitha Jayathilake5 (2)
Isuru Udana 3-0-30-2
Mohammad Amir 3-1-24-1

That's it from us. We'll see you again on Thursday.

Samit Patel is player of the match: "The ball was pretty wet. The umpires probably should have changed it. It was an important over (his double-wicket over)."

Giants captain Shanaka: "The dropped catches cost us the game. But Janith Liyanage batted really well and we found a good No. 3 batsman."

Gladiators captain Rajapakse: "I always thought this wasn't the easiest wicket to bat on. Credit should go to the bowlers the way they handled pressure in the end. Of course we are relieved that we're safe in the tournament."

This is a rough loss for Gladiators, whose chances of finishing in the top two now go down significantly. Samit Patel's 2 for 24 from three overs really dented the chase. They needed a furious finish after that good Liyanage-Salt stand laid a foundation, but they didn't get one.

Gladiators' innings had been set up by Kusal Mendis' 35 off 17 and Rajapakse's 33 off 20.

13.6
2
Udana to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

length ball, slower one I think, wide of off. Karunaratne heaves this towards deep square leg, and they take a couple.

13.5
4
Udana to C Karunaratne, FOUR runs

this is a short ball, wide of off stump. Karunaratne gets on the back foot and pulls it hard for a four in front of midwicket. Wonderful shot. But perhaps a futile one.

13.4
1
Udana to S Jayathilake, 1 run

yorker on the stumps. And that's game. Batter tries to whip this to leg, but only digs it out into his own pads and they get a single

They need three sixes, effectively, off the last three balls.

13.3
4
Udana to S Jayathilake, FOUR runs

full and wide, and the new batter Jayathilake reaches out for it and carves it behind square on the offside for four. Giant's still technically in it.

13.2
W
Udana to Zadran, OUT

another dot! This is a bouncer outside off stump, which Zadran swings and misses at, and it goes to the keeper. Or does he miss it? Gladiators think there could have been a nick and ask for the review. And there is a nick! Zadran has to go! Probably the Giants' last hope, that.

Najibullah Zadran c †Mohamed Shamaz b Udana 16 (9b 0x4 2x6) SR: 177.77
13.1
Udana to Zadran, no run

big swing and a miss. Excellent line from Udana. This was fullish, and way wide of off stump, right over the tram lines. BUt because the batter had shuffled to off, it isn't a wide.

Giants need 21 off 6 balls. Gladiators should defend this, unless Zadran does something special.

Udana to bowl the pressure over. Expect plenty of slower ones.

Minoma: "DG need the kind of miracle Seekkuge did in the evening"

end of over 1315 runs
DG: 114/4CRR: 8.76 RRR: 22.00 • Need 22 from 6b
Najibullah Zadran16 (7)
Chamika Karunaratne2 (1)
Mohammad Amir 3-1-24-1
Samit Patel 3-0-24-2
12.6
1
Amir to Zadran, 1 run

this is an attempted wide yorker, but ends up being a wide low full toss. Zadran reaches for it, but hits it down towards long on only, and there's only a single there

12.5
6
Amir to Zadran, SIX runs

superb from Zadran, and straight down the ground this time. This is slightly overpitched, outside off, and Zadran standing deep in the crease and blasts this back over the bowler's head, and way over the rope

12.4
6
Amir to Zadran, SIX runs

Zadran gets a hold of this one though. This is short of a length on the stumps, on his thighs, basically. Zadran gets inside the line and whips this high over backward square leg for six.

12.3
Amir to Zadran, no run

bouncer, over the stumps, ducked by Zadran. Are Giants out of this now?

12.2
Amir to Zadran, no run

length ball, down legside, but flicks the pad on the way through, so no wide

12.1
2
Amir to Zadran, 2 runs

Top edge, but manages to get this safe. This is length ball from Amir on the stumps. Zadran tries to hit it way over th legside but doesn't connect properly, and the top edge lands between deep square leg and fine leg

Giants need 36 off 12. Need something of a small miracle, with two new batters around

end of over 125 runs • 2 wickets
DG: 99/4CRR: 8.25 RRR: 18.50 • Need 37 from 12b
Chamika Karunaratne2 (1)
Najibullah Zadran1 (1)
Samit Patel 3-0-24-2
Isuru Udana 2-0-19-1
11.6
2
Patel to C Karunaratne, 2 runs

flatter, pushed through on off stump, bunted towards long on and he's weighted that nicely enough to have time to sprint a second

11.5
1
Patel to Zadran, 1 run

flatter outside off stump, cut in front of square on the off side for a single

Chamika Karunaratne's the new batter.

11.4
W
Patel to Liyanage, OUT

two wickets in two balls for the league's top wicket taker. This time it's the big wicket of Liyanage, on whom Giants' hopes rested. This is swung over deep midwicket, but there's not a good connection, and the deep midwicket batter holds a good catch, about a foot in from the rope

Janith Liyanage c Gunathilaka b Patel 51 (37b 5x4 2x6) SR: 137.83
11.3
W
Patel to Shanaka, OUT

holds and excellent catch this time though. This is a fullish ball outsdie off, hit over cover, but without a lot of power. Pulina Tharanga at deep cover sprints in and dives forward to hold a tough catch.

Dasun Shanaka c Tharanga b Patel 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
11.2
1
Patel to Liyanage, 1 run
11.1
1
Patel to Shanaka, 1 run

dropped! There was not much tough about this. Shanaka tries to reverse sweep, and hits it in the air to point who has to take a couple of steps back and hold it above his head. But he doesn't hold on.

end of over 118 runs • 1 wicket
DG: 94/2CRR: 8.54 RRR: 14.00 • Need 42 from 18b
Janith Liyanage50 (35)
Dasun Shanaka0 (0)
Isuru Udana 2-0-19-1
Noor Ahmad 3-0-28-0
10.6
4
Udana to Liyanage, FOUR runs

yorker almost, but Liyanage's timing is outstanding this innings. He's down the track and although this is in the blockhole now, somehow whips the bat through helicopter style and generates enough power to send it whizzing past the bowler, and beats both long on and long off. Superb shot. That's his fifty too.

Shanaka is the new batter.

10.5
W
Udana to Salt, OUT

slower one gone wrong again, but this is marginal full toss, and oh my - Salt has hit it straight to deep backward square. Umpires are sending this upstairs. But the third umpire rules it a fair delivery, which I think is the right call. It was about upper thigh-height. Salt should have put that one over the rope, but only has himself to blame for picking out the fielder

Phil Salt c Tharanga b Udana 41 (29b 3x4 1x6) SR: 141.37
Best performances - batters
Janith Liyanage
J Liyanage DG
51 runs (37)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
straight drive
10 runs
1 four
1 six
250491176
Phil Salt portrait
PD Salt DG
41 runs (29)
3 fours
1 six
Control70%
Productive shot
sweep shot
9 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Imran Tahir portrait
Imran Tahir DG
O
3
M
0
R
20
W
3
ECO
6.66
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Samit Patel portrait
SR Patel GG
O
3
M
0
R
24
W
2
ECO
8
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossDambulla Giants, elected to field first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Samit Patel
Samit Patel
Match days14 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Prageeth Rambukwella
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Ravindra Kottahachchi
TV Umpire
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
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Asanga Jayasooriya
Match Referee
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Graeme Labrooy
PointsGalle Gladiators 2, Dambulla Giants 0
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