result
1st Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Dec 5 2021, Lanka Premier League
(18.4/20 ov, target 165)110
Gladiators won by 54 runs
Player Of The Match
42 (31) & 3/21
samit-patel
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Comms: Rvel Zahid
Scorecard summary
Galle Gladiators164/7(20 overs)
Jaffna Kings110/10(18.4 overs)

We saw a big mismatch in the opening game of the Lanka Premier League as Gladiators spinners applied a stranglehold on the Kings' batters with the chief tormenter being the 41-year-old Mohammad Hafeez who didn't put foot a foot wrong in his amazing spell.

The potent spin attack caused difficulties right from the start of the Kings' innings and the surface proved to be very conducive to spin bowling. The cherry on the top for Gladitators was that the dew didn't spoil the party for the Rajapaksa-led side.

Earlier, Rajapaksa's blazing 56-run-knock coupled with Samit Patel's staggering 42 helped Gladiators put up a par score. Apart from Seales, who returned figures of 3/23, and Theekshana's economical spell, other bowlers leaked plenty of runs. In reply, Kings' innings never really took off as bowlers kept breaking partnerships at regular intervals and no batter stepped up to the plate

18.4
W
Thushara to Theekshana, OUT

That's it! Caught at mid-on by Rajapaksa as Theekshana tried to loft it over mid-on but didn't get all of it. It's a resounding victory by Gladiators who have outgunned Kings in a one-sided match

Maheesh Theekshana c Rajapaksa b Thushara 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
18.3
2
Thushara to Theekshana, 2 runs

On a length, whooshing away in the corridor, slams a cut off his backfoot and earns a pair of runs

18.2
Thushara to Theekshana, no run

Banged in short, tries to muscle this over midwicket, nowhere near the pitch of the ball

18.1
Thushara to Theekshana, no run

Short of a length, rising delivery on an attacking line outside off, negotiates with a lot of bother, the ball quickly dies down towards the off side

end of over 189 runs • 2 wickets
JK: 108/9CRR: 6.00 RRR: 28.50 • Need 57 from 12b
Jayden Seales0 (1)
Maheesh Theekshana0 (0)
Pulina Tharanga 2-0-13-2
Noor Ahmad 4-0-25-1
17.6
Pulina Tharanga to Seales, no run

No hat-trick for Tharanga as Seales goes back and blocks it well presenting full face of the bat

17.5
W
Pulina Tharanga to Lakmal, OUT

Two in two! Disturbs the furniture with this snorter, it was aimed at the stumps, too good for Lakmal who looked out of sorts, was leaning back but failed to read the line, missed it completely

Suranga Lakmal b Tharanga 10 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
17.4
W
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, OUT

That's a perfect riposte! Bagged by Noor Ahmad! Wahab's cameo comes to an end. He tried to hit across the line and he had to go after every delivery given the match situation but he ends up getting gobbled easily by Noor at midwicket

Wahab Riaz c Noor Ahmad b Tharanga 27 (20b 2x4 2x6) SR: 135
17.3
6
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, SIX runs

About as agricultural as Wahab gets, but that was belted out of the middle of the bat and cleared the fence over midwicket. Another meaty blow!

17.2
2
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs

Goes down on the knee, plays against the turn and Dunk covers a lot of ground to line himself under the skier, the ball was swirling away from his reach and Wahab lives to fight another day

17.1
1
Pulina Tharanga to Lakmal, 1 run

Springs down the track and chips it into the leg side, no timing and force behind the shot

end of over 176 runs
JK: 99/7CRR: 5.82 RRR: 22.00 • Need 66 from 18b
Suranga Lakmal9 (8)
Wahab Riaz19 (17)
Noor Ahmad 4-0-25-1
Pulina Tharanga 1-0-4-0
16.6
1
Noor Ahmad to Lakmal, 1 run

Skips down the track, creates his own length and bunts it down the ground, long-off rushes to his right and gathers the ball

16.5
1
Noor Ahmad to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

Looped up on a full length outside off, steers it behind square on the off side, third man intercepts the ball

16.4
1
Noor Ahmad to Lakmal, 1 run

Zips it on a fuller length, he shuffles across and shoves it near square leg

16.3
2
Noor Ahmad to Lakmal, 2 runs

Rooted back and he attempts a late cut, beats first slip as the ball trickles away towards the third man

16.2
1
Noor Ahmad to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

On a short length, turns back a mile as he fends it to the off side

16.1
Noor Ahmad to Wahab Riaz, no run

Goodness me! Very close to the stumps, attempts a cut and fails to make a connection

end of over 164 runs
JK: 93/7CRR: 5.81 RRR: 18.00 • Need 72 from 24b
Wahab Riaz17 (14)
Suranga Lakmal5 (5)
Pulina Tharanga 1-0-4-0
Noor Ahmad 3-0-19-1
15.6
1
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

Dangles a legbreak on a shorter length, drives it on the rise to long-off and earns a run

15.5
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, no run

Hangs back in the crease and forces it away to cover, can't get past the fielder in the ring

15.4
1
Pulina Tharanga to Lakmal, 1 run

Lands it on a fraction shorter length, some width on offer, prods it off the backfoot towards long-off

15.3
1
Pulina Tharanga to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

Tossed up on a fuller length, spinning towards leg stump, jams his bat down but couldn't beat the fielder at short fine leg

Best performances - batters
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, player portrait
PBB Rajapaksa GG
56 runs (31)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control65%
Productive shot
pull
12 runs
1 four
1 six
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Samit Patel portrait
SR Patel GG
42 runs (31)
6 fours
0 six
Control77%
Productive shot
cut shot
10 runs
2 fours
0 six
404961063
Best performances - bowlers
Samit Patel portrait
SR Patel GG
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Jayden Seales player portrait
JNT Seales JK
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossJaffna Kings, elected to field first
SeriesLanka Premier League
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Samit Patel
Samit Patel
Match days05 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
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Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
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Prageeth Rambukwella
Match Referee
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Graeme Labrooy
PointsGalle Gladiators 2, Jaffna Kings 0
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