result
18th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Dec 16 2021, Lanka Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, target 131)135/4
Warriors won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
59* (50)
ravi-bopara
Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan
Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Dambulla Giants130/9(20 overs)
Kandy Warriors135/4(19.2 overs)

And with that it's a wrap from us. Kandy and Colombo have locked in a virtual knockout tie for tomorrow evening, which promises to be a cracker! Until then good night!

11.10pm Ravi Bopara is Player of the Match: With a score like this you either knock it off in 15 overs or you go right to the end. But yeah, it was the plan from the start [to make steady progress].

Stand-in Dambulla skipper Niroshan Dickwella: "It was disappointing to lose the last three games. We have to think about our batting and come back in the Eliminator." He adds that they have no news yet on the extent of Dasun Shanaka's injury.

Kandy captain Angelo Perera: "I think we have played really entertaining cricket throughout the tournament and tonight was no different. Most of our games have also been crunch games. [As for the game against Colombo] there's zero pressure. We've told the boys, just don't worry about qualifying, just enjoy your game."

Tinura: "When Warriors signed Bopara, my impression was "Okay, that's just another mediocre signing from Warriors". Boy I was wrong!"

10.55pm And Kandy live to fight another day! That was backs to the wall stuff and thanks to the steady heads of Ravi Bopara (59* off 50) and skipper Angelo Perera (29* off 22) they've pulled through here. A couple of their batters lost their heads, and Imran Tahir was threatening throughout, but the target was always low enough that they would get it if they went deep enough.

The win was of course built earlier on the work of their seamers, who picked up seven wickets between them, and despite Ramesh Mendis's best efforts with bat and the ball, Kandy persevered.

19.2
6
de Lange to Bopara, SIX runs

Finishes it in style! This is short and pulled away over backward square leg, and Bopara has done it again!

19.1
de Lange to Bopara, no run

Length ball hit back to the bowler.

two needed off the final over. De Lange again.

end of over 197 runs
KW: 129/4CRR: 6.78 RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 from 6b
Angelo Perera29 (22)
Ravi Bopara53 (48)
Imran Tahir 4-0-17-2
Marchant de Lange 3-0-32-0
18.6
2
Tahir to Angelo Perera, 2 runs

Googly and hit square on the leg side for a couple.

18.5
1
Tahir to Bopara, 1 run

Goes for the sweep, and he misses. They take a single though.

18.4
1
Tahir to Angelo Perera, 1 run

Length ball, skidding on. Pushed to long on.

18.3
1
Tahir to Bopara, 1 run

Short and wide and cut past extra cover.

18.2
1
Tahir to Angelo Perera, 1 run

Cramps him up but gets it behind square on the offside.

18.1
1
Tahir to Bopara, 1 run

Length ball pushed to long-on.

7 off 12 now. Here's Tahir, but is it too late

end of over 1812 runs
KW: 122/4CRR: 6.77 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Angelo Perera25 (19)
Ravi Bopara50 (45)
Marchant de Lange 3-0-32-0
Ramesh Mendis 4-0-19-2
17.6
4
de Lange to Angelo Perera, FOUR runs

And that's another! These are invaluable runs by the captain! Gets on his toes and guides this expertly past third man.

17.5
4
de Lange to Angelo Perera, FOUR runs

And he gets this through! short and pulled past a diving mid on!

17.4
1
de Lange to Bopara, 1 run

Full and whipped towards midwicket. And that's 50 for Bopara, vital knock, but is matchwinning?

17.3
1
de Lange to Angelo Perera, 1 run

Late cut towards third man.

17.2
1
de Lange to Bopara, 1 run

Slower ball on the stumps and pushed to midwicket.

17.1
1
de Lange to Angelo Perera, 1 run

back of a length and knocked away square on the leg side.

equation is now 21 off 18. Here's de Lange. Still no Tahir. This could be the crucial over.

end of over 179 runs
KW: 110/4CRR: 6.47 RRR: 7.00 • Need 21 from 18b
Ravi Bopara48 (43)
Angelo Perera15 (15)
Ramesh Mendis 4-0-19-2
Tharindu Ratnayake 4-0-28-0
16.6
2
Mendis to Bopara, 2 runs

Back of a length and spinning into the stumps, worked square on the leg side.

16.5
1
Mendis to Angelo Perera, 1 run

short and cut late to short third man.

16.4
2
Mendis to Angelo Perera, 2 runs

Short and on the stumps, just pushed square on the leg side.

16.3
1
Mendis to Bopara, 1 run

length and pushed towards long on.

16.2
2
Mendis to Bopara, 2 runs

Goes for the sweep, but well fielded on the boundary by the man running around from a squarish fine leg.

16.1
1lb
Mendis to Angelo Perera, 1 leg bye

Spinning sharply, misses the flick, but takes a run off the pads.

30 off 24 needed. Here's Mendis again.

Best performances - batters
Ravi Bopara portrait
RS Bopara KW
59 runs (50)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
11382145511
Ramesh Mendis
RTM Mendis DG
41 runs (28)
2 fours
1 six
Control88%
Productive shot
flick
10 runs
0 four
0 six
0621002138
Best performances - bowlers
Binura Fernando
B Fernando KW
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
3
ECO
5.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Al-Amin Hossain portrait
Al-Amin Hossain KW
O
4
M
0
R
32
W
3
ECO
8
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossDambulla Giants, elected to bat first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara
Match days16 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Raveendra Wimalasiri
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Rohitha Kottahachchi
TV Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
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Deepal Gunawardene
Match Referee
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Manoj Mendis
PointsKandy Warriors 2, Dambulla Giants 0
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