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14th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), December 13, 2021, Lanka Premier League
(9.2/20 ov, T:70) 71/3

Kings won by 7 wickets (with 64 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
Full commentary

And with that it's all from us folks. Join us again tomorrow for a crunch clash between fourth and fifth place - the Colombo Stars and the Kandy Warriors squaring off in the first game. And then later in the evening the Giants will be back in action against the Galle Gladiators. But for now, good night!

10.35pm So the brothers de Silva sweep the post-match awards. Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva is presented with the Power Hitter of the Match award for his 18-ball 37. His elder brother Chaturanga takes home the Player of the Match award after his 4 for 16 took apart the Giants' lower and middle order.

Asked on playing with his younger brother, he says: "I'm never happy to play against him, but I'm happy to be on his side."

Giants skipper Dasun Shanaka meanwhile bemoans losing the toss, and is happy to chalk this up to a bad day: "Losing the toss played a major part. But really it's just a bad day of cricket. We've been playing good cricket up to this point, so nothing to worry about too much. [Going forward we might] need some experienced players in the batting order. [We're likely] going to give the bench a chance in the upcoming games."

Kings captain Thisara Perera meanwhile is just stoked to be leading this team: "I'm really happy to lead this team. I don't really need to do much, they're all such great professionals."

10.25pm Well that was dominant wasn't it? Certainly didn't feel like a first vs second affair. Thisara won yet another important toss after rain had delayed the start, and was happy to chase. His bowlers though made sure the batters barely had anything to do, as they rampaged through the Giants batting lineup.

Jaffna only used their spinners, who extracted good turn and bounce from this surface, though the Giants can't be anything but extremely disappointed with the display they put in with the bat. Phil Salt top-scored with a 22-ball 23...and that was it really. None of their batters could stay with him at the crease, and none seem interested in building an innings.

The Kings though have certainly put the rest of the tournament on notice. Whatever they attempt seems to be working for them, and it's hard to see a weakness in their squad at the moment.

Mendis to Fernando, SIX runs

And that's that! Avishka wins it with a six! Tossed up outside off, and Avishka has a big swing across the line. This goes high and the man at the deep midwicket boundary throws himself to take the catch, and with it goes over the ropes as he parries the ball. And with that the Kings become the first side to qualify for the playoffs!

Mendis to Bandara, 1 run

Big spin straight away. Turns in from outside off, but the batter stays back and cuts this in front of square.

Here's Ramesh Mendis.

YaalKolla: "Impressed with Josh Little already, despite him not having much to defend. Should have gotten a game earlier methinks."

end of over 97 runs
JK: 64/3CRR: 7.11 RRR: 0.54 • Need 6 runs from 66b
Ashen Bandara3 (7)
Avishka Fernando16 (16)
Tharindu Ratnayake 3-0-31-0
Josh Little 2-0-7-1
Ratnayake to Bandara, 1 run

Length ball, nudged to the off side and they set off for a quick single. Direct hit and he's out though.

Ratnayake to Fernando, 1 run

Looks to sweep this from wide of offstump, inside edge towards square leg.

Ratnayake to Fernando, FOUR runs

This is tossed up, a little down leg. Avishka gives himself some room and tries to swing across the line here, but gets an inside edge that runs down to the fine leg boundary.

Ratnayake to Fernando, no run

Length ball, skidding straight. Cut towards short cover.

Ratnayake to Bandara, 1 run

Fuller and driven to long-off.

Ratnayake to Bandara, no run

Length on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler.

Tharindu Ratnayake returns. With left arm spin.

end of over 83 runs
JK: 57/3CRR: 7.12 RRR: 1.08 • Need 13 runs from 72b
Avishka Fernando11 (13)
Ashen Bandara1 (4)
Josh Little 2-0-7-1
Imran Tahir 4-0-21-2
Little to Fernando, no run

Angled in again, back of a length. Knocked away on the offside.

Little to Fernando, no run

Stays around the wicket to Avishka, and it's back of a length on off stump. Just defended.

Little to Bandara, 1 run

Around the wicket now, and it's angled into Bandara. Short of a length and pulled behind square leg.

Little to Bandara, no run

Length ball outside off. The batter hands the bat and it's prodded towards short cover.

Little to Bandara, 1 wide

Short of a length again, but this is down leg.

Little to Bandara, no run

Back of a length again, this time the line is better - just angling outside off. Defended.

Little to Fernando, 1 leg bye

back of a length on leg stump, strikes the thigh pad down to fine leg.

end of over 71 run • 1 wicket
JK: 54/3CRR: 7.71 RRR: 1.23 • Need 16 runs from 78b
Ashen Bandara0 (1)
Avishka Fernando11 (10)
Imran Tahir 4-0-21-2
Josh Little 1-0-5-1
Tahir to Bandara, no run

Length on the stumps and dead bats the last ball of Tahir's spell. He's done all he can here.

YaalKolla: "@Madushka Did everyone read the pitch wrong? Did the rain have no affect on it or did DG just bat poorly?" Bit of both I think. What Dambulla needed was one or two of their batters to get their eye in. Pitch was certainly producing turn and bounce for the spinners, but it wasn't sluggish like in some previous games. The Kings though bowled to their strengths and took some good catches to go with it.

Tahir to T Kohler-Cadmore, OUT

Bowled him! This one is fizzed through straight from Tahir. It's the flipper and TKC is too late to get his bat down, and the stumps are disturbed.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore b Imran Tahir 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Tahir to T Kohler-Cadmore, no run

Length and spinning away. Keeps low too, and left alone.

Tahir to T Kohler-Cadmore, no run

Length, pushed on the offside.

Tahir to T Kohler-Cadmore, no run
Tahir to Fernando, 1 run

Full toss from Tahir, pushed to long-on.

And that's the powerplay done.