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RESULT
Final (N), Hambantota, December 23, 2021, Lanka Premier League
(20 ov, T:202) 178/9

Kings won by 23 runs

Player Of The Match
63 (41)
avishka-fernando
Player Of The Series
312 runs
avishka-fernando
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Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Jaffna Kings 201/3(20 overs)
Galle Gladiators 178/9(20 overs)
end of over 206 runs
GG: 178/9CRR: 8.90 
Mohammad Amir6 (6)
Nuwan Thushara5 (2)
Suranga Lakmal 3-0-23-1
Jayden Seales 3-0-36-1

11.50pm And on that note, it's a wrap from us for a another season of the LPL. There was more rain than anyone would have liked, but it still provided drama aplenty with spinners dominating, and then when the action shifted to Hambantota, the batters finally had their day in the sun in more ways than one. And ultimately it was Jaffna that proved to be the team for all seasons. Thanks for joining our coverage, good night!

Jaffna captain Thisara Perera is understandably elated, and gives thanks to all the support staff and the fans. He does admit though that Gunathilaka's innings had him worried: "We were all worried, because Dhnushka batted really well, but we knew 200 was still a lot to chase. I think we can do even better next year in terms of performance."

Galle skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa says he's happy with how the team performed throughout the tournament, even if they came up short at the final hurdle: "I'm very satisfied with the boys' efforts. Not too great to finish second yet again, hopefully we can go one better next year. I think we misfielded too many, and that affected the game," he added.

11.40pm So Avishka Fernando picks up the Player of the Match and Player of the Series, having turned up just when his team needed him. "I'm very happy that I was able to what I do to the best of my ability. I batted at number four but I had a couple of failures, so I'm quite happy to do well again at the top of the order," he said speaking post-match.

chathura dharma: "Again two brothers from Galle stands in the way of Galle Gladiators"

Saad: "Just tuning in after an hour, and not sure if someone has noted this. This Gladiators franchise is very similar to its counterparts Quetta Gladiators over at PSL. Quetta Gladiators were the first to qualify for the final in the first two PSL editions, but were beaten in the final. Galle franchise is headed for the same outcome."

11.05pm So it's another LPL in the bag for Jaffna and what a consummate performance it has been! Yes, when Gunathilaka (54 off 21) and Mendis (39 off 28) were going in the powerplay they would've had doubts, but they have game-changers in their ranks. And while Theekshana had an uncharacteristically poor game going for 51 in his four overs - much of that down to Gunathilaka - Wanindu came to the party and dismissed Gunathilaka and Dunk off back-to-back balls to swing the momentum.

Even then the Gladiators had the required rate within reach, but the Kings were outstanding in the field, effecting two runouts, one which was the final nail in the coffin - the wicket of Mendis. They also took every catch that came their way, including some extremely dicey ones.

Galle by contrast had a day to forget in the field, and that probably cost them around 20 runs in total - which in the end was the margin of defeat. The Kings batters needed little invitation though, who were on it from the get go. Avishka followed his century last game with another fifty, while TKC also notched a half ton. And then cameos from Gurbaz, Malik and Thisara pushed the Kings beyond that 200-mark. That was always going to be a tough ask, and so it proved in the end.

19.6
Lakmal to Amir, no run

Full and swings hard, straight to extra cover. And Jaffna are back-to-back champions! The players rush the field, you can hear the shouts of jubilation through the stump mics. Well deserved winners.

19.5
Lakmal to Amir, no run

Yorker and driven back to the bowler.

19.4
4
Lakmal to Amir, FOUR runs

Low full toss and driven exquisitely over extra cover.

19.3
Lakmal to Amir, no run

full and driven to extra cover.

19.2
1
Lakmal to Thushara, 1 run

And again, nicely timed from Thushara. Full on the stumps, opens the face and guides this past point. Sweeper comes around to stop the four.

19.1
1
Lakmal to Amir, 1 run

Length ball and swings hard. It's sliced through the covers.

It's Lakmal to finish things off.

end of over 1914 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 172/9CRR: 9.05 RRR: 30.00 • Need 30 from 6b
Nuwan Thushara4 (1)
Mohammad Amir1 (1)
Jayden Seales 3-0-36-1
Suranga Lakmal 2-0-17-1
18.6
4
Seales to Thushara, FOUR runs

Full and times this quite splendidly! Just opens the blade and guides it over point. Great shot.

Last man in now. It's Nuwan Thushara.

18.5
W
Seales to Udana, OUT

And that should be the game. Udana looks to loft this length ball straight over the bowler. But it's full and he gets under it but doesn't get the distance. Malik at long on completes a comfortable take.

Isuru Udana c Shoaib Malik b Seales 9 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81
18.4
1
Seales to Amir, 1 run

Slower ball on a length, slashed over backward point from Amir. Boundary is cut off by third man.

18.3
1
Seales to Udana, 1 run

Full toss and muscled towards midwicket. Can't get the timing.

18.2
4
Seales to Udana, FOUR runs

Full outside off, and lofted over extra cover. Bisects the two men in the deep.

18.1
4lb
Seales to Udana, 4 leg byes

Bouncer and Udana goes for the hook, misses and is hit flush on the helmet. The ball flies away for four.

Seales is back.

So Hasaranga is limping off, with the help of two men.

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 158/8CRR: 8.77 RRR: 22.00 • Need 44 from 12b
Isuru Udana4 (7)
Suranga Lakmal 2-0-17-1
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-30-2
17.6
W
Lakmal to Patel, OUT

Length ball and Patel gets right under this, but that's all he does. It goes high and straight to long-on who comes in from the boundary to complete an easy take.

Samit Patel c Seales b Lakmal 22 (20b 0x4 1x6) SR: 110
17.5
1
Lakmal to Udana, 1 run

Full and chipped towards long-off but falls just short.

17.4
2
Lakmal to Udana, 2 runs

Low full toss this time, flicked away towards deep midwicket and fielded incredibly well in the deep! But Wanindu has pulled something here. Oh no, that's unfortunate.

17.3
Lakmal to Udana, no run

Full again, nails the yorker. Udana goes for the big booming drive and gets nowhere near it. Shaves leg stump.

17.2
Lakmal to Udana, no run

Full and straight and driven straight back to Lakmal.

17.1
1
Lakmal to Patel, 1 run

Pushed through the covers off a length.

Lakmal returns.

48 needed off 18.

end of over 1711 runs
GG: 154/7CRR: 9.05 RRR: 16.00 • Need 48 from 18b
Isuru Udana1 (3)
Samit Patel21 (18)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 4-0-30-2
Chaturanga de Silva 3-0-15-2
16.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Udana, no run

Length outside off, it's the googly and Udana tries to do...something here. Just gets an inside edge onto the pads in the end.

16.5
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Patel, 1 run

Back of a length and pushed through the covers.

Best performances - batters
WIA Fernando
WIA Fernando JK
63 runs (41)
8 fours2 sixes
Control
85%
Productive shot
cover drive
10 runs
2 fours0 six
17011487511
T Kohler-Cadmore
T Kohler-Cadmore JK
57 runs (41)
2 fours3 sixes
Control
76%
Productive shot
on drive
14 runs
0 four1 six
4021233015
Best performances - bowlers
PC de Silva
PC de Silva JK
O
3
M
0
R
15
W
2
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
PWH de Silva
PWH de Silva JK
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
2
ECO
7.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossJaffna Kings, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Kings
Avishka Fernando
Player Of The Series
Kings
Avishka Fernando
Series resultJaffna Kings won the 2021/22 Lanka Premier League
Match days23 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Prageeth Rambukwella
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
Gladiators Innings
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Lanka Premier League
TEAMMWLPTNRR
JK862122.210
GG84390.143
CS8448-0.571
DG8347-1.003
KW8264-0.668