And that is that! This was pushed through flat on a length, and Lakmal is caught in the crease. He's rapped on the back pad, and the finger goes up. This looks pretty straight forward, but Stars have a review and they use it. But the decision is upheld as it's umpire's call on the wickets, as this is found the be clipping the top of leg stump. And with that, the Falcons complete a dominant 109 run win!
And with that comes to an end our coverage of a day where Jaffna Kings and Kandy Falcons came through victorious at the expense of Galle Gladiators and Colombo Stars. Be sure to join us tomorrow for another double header. But until then, on behalf of Abhimanyu and Ranjith, it's Madushka saying good night!
Winning captain Wanindu Hasaranga: "I'm really happy how everything went in my first game as captain. Credit to our batters especially. [hattrick?] That was my second T20 hat-trick, I'm really happy. That's what leg spinners can do, and I think they can change the game at any time. [responsibility as captain?] Yes I wanted more responsibility, and experience in handling pressure situations. That's why I chose the Kandy captaincy. I always try to do my best for my team regardless of what role I play."
Losing captain Angelo Mathews: "I thought the decision to bowl first was right, it's just that we were horrible in the field. Probably one of the worst performances a cricket team can have on the field. But it's good that it happened in the first game, probably an eye opener for all of us. [new Angelo, opening the bowling and batting?] It's a new challenge, I'm trying my level best to keep fit and do my talking on the field. Whatever the team needs me to do I'll try and do my best."
Andre Fletcher is the Player of the Match: "We spoke about starting off with a win in the team meeting, I'm happy we did that. Nissanka played well, I'm happy to contribute. And the way our bowlers came out and bowled, it was totally a team effort. [surface?] In the start it was a bit difficult, the ball was seaming around quite a lot. I'm happy to have got a few chances, but as it went on it got a bit easier and I tried my best capitalise on the chances that I got. [did you expect this kind of score?] From getting feedback from the first game we thought it was a 130-140 wicket. The way we started we never wanted to take things for granted, we just wanted to take it to the bowlers and keep them under pressure."
Time for the presentation ceremony...
10.40pm So a statement of intent then from the Kandy Falcons, a franchise that has struggled in the past two editions of the LPL but have come out all guns blazing to down the Colombo Stars! While Wanindu Hasaranga picked up a hat-trick on his way to figures of 4-14 and Andre Fletcher blazed a chance-filled century, the tone for this game was really set in the field. It started with Fletcher being dropped by Seekkuge Prasanna when he had yet to score a run - he would then proceed to be dropped a further three times - and then that lethargy spread through out the Stars' body language for the rest of the game! In contrast, the Falcons jumped out of the blocks in the field, with Hasaranga leading from the front to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella in the very first over with a direct hit. They also held on to whatever catches came their way. And with the bat, Fletcher along with Nissanka capitalised on the lax work in the field and plundered away, to set up a well above par - and ultimately match-winning - total.
Lakmal is the last man in.
Another short one, and this one grabs him a scalp! It was a certifiable long hop from Allen, but this pull from Drakes goes high but only as far as the man at deep square leg
dragged short first up, pulled towards deep midwicket for one
So Lakshan coming to the crease at number 10 is quite interesting, as Mathews seemed to rate him quite highly as a batter. Quite the depth in batting for the Stars it seems, though it doesn't seem to have done them much good tonight. Here's Allen in any case with the ball.
full on the stumps, driven down the ground for one
Finds the gap between backward point and short third! This was a back of a length top spinner outside off, but Lakshan finds the gap on the cut perfectly
Tinura: "@Manda: This edition's theme is about reserving oceanlife, thus the blue centered jersey..."
Chops this on, as Daniel gets his first! This was pushed through outside off, on a length. Paul looks to get back and cut this square but only manages a thick under edge
Bandara almost takes a blinder! This was heaved towards midwicket in the air, and Bandara comes running in from the boundary and almost holds on to a full length diving take.
flatter off break, 94kph, on the stumps. Pushed down towards long-on for one
Muscled straight back down the ground! Powerful hit from Paul, as he leans back and gets nicely under this leg break that's tossed up outside off from Daniel.
JOYDEEP GILL: "For sure stars can't win from here but can reduce the losing margin in order to keep nrr safe for crucial stages"
full outside off, 128kph, eased down to long-off for one
Pace off on a length outside off, pushed past cover for one on the front foot
full on off, 128kph, driven down towards long-off
dug in short, Paul ducks under it. One bouncer for the over called by the square leg umpire
comes down the track, and it's a wild swing and a miss. Slower ball doing the trick there
Paul very unhappy with himself at not going after the previous ball
full on off, gently pushed back towards Udara
Udara back into the attack
Manda : "I'm still struggling to find out why all these teams wearing like to like colors.. 4 teams wearing blue 1 wearing purple. Very poor organizing. "
Another one pushed through on the pads off a length. Drakes stays in his crease and is rapped on the back pad as he looks to work this onside. Sliding down leg though
pushed through and angled into the pads once more, but Drakes can't get this away
pushed through back of a length, but this slides down leg
good length on the stumps, rocks back and whips this from outside off down to long-on
length outside off, cut hard but straight to point
|Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota|
|Toss||Colombo Stars, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||06 December 2022 - night (20-over match)|
Chamara De Zoysa
|Points||Kandy Falcons 2, Colombo Stars 0|
Over 15 • CS 90/10