5th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), December 07, 2021, Lanka Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, T:144) 147/6

Gladiators won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

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That's it from us folks. We'll be back with tomorrow's games - Colombo Kings v Dambulla Giants, and Jaffna Kings v Kandy Warriors. Till then, take it easy.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Gladiators captain: "Bowlers did quite a good job, and we showed our batting depth in the end. The start was really good for Kandy, but Samit and Noor handled the middle overs really well. We've been finishing games in the last over even in the last season."

Angelo Perera, Warriors captain: "We took a chance in that last over. The spinners had been doing very well in the game, so we thought we'd try to get two wickets with the left-arm spinner rather than give away six singles with the fast bowler."

Dhananjaya Lakshan is Player of the Match for his 2 for 18, and 10 not out off 4 at the end there. "We lost the last game, so I was trying to do my best for the team. I actually tried to get singles early in my innings, but the ball luckily went into gaps."

The first tight-ish game of this tournament so far, and it was Madushanka's boundaries off the spinners that really sealed it, after Warriors' spinners had brought them roaring back into the game. It didn't really seem like 143 would be enough when Gladiators' top order was batting, but Sachindu Colombage, Charith Asalanka, and to a lesser extent Kamindu Mendis, delivered excellent spells to slow the scoring and create chances.

Would it have made a difference if Warriors had held their catches? You'd think it would have been closer. A couple of absolute sitters were put down in the deep.

This, by the way, is Gladiators' second victory of the tournament. They've played three days in a row, but get a rest tomorrow. Warriors are yet to get off the mark on the points table.

Angelo Perera to Madushanka, FOUR runs

finishes with a big heave down the ground. This is fired in wide of off stump, and Madushanka clears the front leg and bashes this through long on for four.

Angelo Perera to Madushanka, SIX runs

that's it. That's the game. Madushanka gets low and slog sweeps that floated up delivery on the stumps, way over deep square leg for six. Perera's gamble hasn't worked.

Seven needed from the last six balls. Angelo Perera is bringing himself on. He hasn't bowled so far, but he doesn't want to give it to the seamers, who have gone for runs.

end of over 1911 runs
GG: 137/6CRR: 7.21 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 runs from 6b
Lahiru Madushanka12 (11)
Dhananjaya Lakshan10 (4)
Kamindu Mendis 4-0-24-1
Rovman Powell 1-0-12-1
Mendis to Madushanka, 1 leg bye

fired in on the legs. It hits the pad and dribbles away square on the legside and they scamper

Mendis to Lakshan, 1 run

almost carries to deep square leg. This is swept hard and in the air. Jayaratne, the fielder there, runs in and puts in a big dive, but it bounces just short. Just the single

Mendis to Madushanka, 1 run

fired in on the stumps, turned to midwicket. They think about two as Mendis himself chases after it, but decide agaisnt

Mendis to Madushanka, SIX runs

is that the shot that puts Gladiators ahead? This is too wide from Mendis - an left-arm spinner pitched well wide of off stump, allowing Madushanka to free his arms, clear the front foot, and launch it back over the bowler's head for six

Mendis to Lakshan, 1 run

aims a big sweep to this tossed up offbreak outside off stump, but only gets a thick under-edge and it dribbles past the keeper. They run.

Mendis to Madushanka, 1 run

darted in full, outside off, Opens the face and gets it to short third man for a single

Mendis to bowl the penultimate over. Left-arm spin to right-hander Madushanka.

end of over 1812 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 126/6CRR: 7.00 RRR: 9.00 • Need 18 runs from 12b
Dhananjaya Lakshan8 (2)
Lahiru Madushanka4 (7)
Rovman Powell 1-0-12-1
Kamindu Mendis 3-0-14-1
Powell to Lakshan, FOUR runs

that's wonderful stuff from Lakshan. Again opens the face, again gets it off the outside half, just beats the diving keeper, and it goes fine of short third again. He keeps Gladiators in the hunt with those boundaries.

Powell to Lakshan, FOUR runs

outside half of the bat for four. This is length outside off stump. Lakshan opens the face and runs it fine of short third man for four. Excellent, thinking start to his innings

Dhananjaya Lakshan, the new batter, played some decent innings in the first LPL. Can he doe something here.

Powell to Rajapaksa, OUT

huuuuge wicket here. Warriors are refusing to die. And as this is Rajapaksa who is now out, they may have even inched ahead for the first time in this chase. This is a slower ball, length on off stump. Rajapakse tries to launch this over cow corner, but misses, and the ball clatters into off stump.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa b Powell 22 (13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 169.23
Powell to Madushanka, 1 run

dropped! This is lifted straight to deep midwicket - straight into the midriff, but he drops it. Straight into the hands and out again. Powell is livid, understandably.

Powell to Madushanka, 2 runs

slower ball again, legcutter I think. Back of a length outside off stump. Madushanka lays into that, hitting it aerially, but deep midwicket runs across to keep it to two

Powell to Rajapaksa, 1 run

slower ball, length outside off, drilled to the sweeper cover

Pace, after the longest time. Rovman Powell.

end of over 173 runs
GG: 114/5CRR: 6.70 RRR: 10.00 • Need 30 runs from 18b
Lahiru Madushanka1 (5)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa21 (11)
Kamindu Mendis 3-0-14-1
Sachindu Colombage 4-0-20-3
Mendis to Madushanka, no run

attempted reverse sweep and an lbw appeal, as Madushanka fails to connect. This is a left-arm spinner, pitching outside off, and sliding on with the arm. But that's hit glove, not pad, says the third umpire, who sticks with the on-field umpires' not out decision, after the fielding team review.

Mendis to Rajapaksa, 1 run

down the track, trying to launch this flat, quick delivery on off stump over long on. But he mis-hits it, and just gets it to that long on, on the bounce

Mendis to Madushanka, 1 run

another flat delivery, outside off. Pushed just wide of short cover to sprint a single

Mendis to Madushanka, no run

a dart, fullish, outside off, Hit back to the bowler

Mendis to Madushanka, no run

dragged down slightly, but its quick, so Madushanka only chops it straight to point

Left arm spin to rightie Madushanka

Mendis to Rajapaksa, 1 run

offbreak, fired in outside off stump. Swept hard and aerially, but goes in the bounce to deep midwicket

Kamindu Mendis is back.

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