RESULT
2nd Match (N), Hambantota, December 06, 2022, Lanka Premier League
(14.3/20 ov, T:200) 90

Falcons won by 109 runs

Player Of The Match
102* (67)
andre-fletcher
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Kandy Falcons 199/1(20 overs)
Colombo Stars 90/10(14.3 overs)

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.

14.3
W
Allen to Lakmal, OUT

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!

Suranga Lakmal lbw b Allen 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 0

Lakmal is the last man in.

14.2
W
Allen to Drakes, OUT

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

Dominic Drakes c Nissanka b Allen 18 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) SR: 81.81
14.1
1
Allen to Lakshan, 1 run

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.

end of over 1413 runs • 1 wicket
CS: 89/8CRR: 6.35 RRR: 18.50 • Need 111 from 36b
Muditha Lakshan5 (2b 1x4)
Dominic Drakes18 (21b 2x4)
Ashian Daniel 2-0-22-1
Isuru Udana 2-0-11-0
13.6
1
Daniel to Lakshan, 1 run

full on the stumps, driven down the ground for one

13.5
4
Daniel to Lakshan, FOUR runs

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..."

13.4
W
Daniel to Paul, OUT

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

Keemo Paul b Daniel 22 (15b 1x4 2x6 ) SR: 146.66
13.3
1
Daniel to Drakes, 1 run

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.

13.2
1
Daniel to Paul, 1 run

flatter off break, 94kph, on the stumps. Pushed down towards long-on for one

13.1
6
Daniel to Paul, SIX runs

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"

end of over 133 runs
CS: 76/7CRR: 5.84 RRR: 17.71 • Need 124 from 42b
Keemo Paul15 (12b 1x4 1x6)
Dominic Drakes17 (20b 2x4)
Isuru Udana 2-0-11-0
Ashian Daniel 1-0-9-0
12.6
1
Udana to Paul, 1 run

full outside off, 128kph, eased down to long-off for one

12.5
1
Udana to Drakes, 1 run

Pace off on a length outside off, pushed past cover for one on the front foot

12.4
1
Udana to Paul, 1 run

full on off, 128kph, driven down towards long-off

12.3
Udana to Paul, no run

dug in short, Paul ducks under it. One bouncer for the over called by the square leg umpire

12.2
Udana to Paul, no run

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

12.1
Udana to Paul, no run

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. "

end of over 129 runs
CS: 73/7CRR: 6.08 RRR: 15.87 • Need 127 from 48b
Dominic Drakes16 (19b 2x4)
Keemo Paul13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
Ashian Daniel 1-0-9-0
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 3-0-14-4
11.6
Daniel to Drakes, no run

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

11.5
Daniel to Drakes, no run

pushed through and angled into the pads once more, but Drakes can't get this away

11.5
1w
Daniel to Drakes, 1 wide

pushed through back of a length, but this slides down leg

11.4
1
Daniel to Paul, 1 run

good length on the stumps, rocks back and whips this from outside off down to long-on

11.3
Daniel to Paul, no run

length outside off, cut hard but straight to point

Best performances - batters
ADS Fletcher
ADS Fletcher KAF
102 runs (67)
11 fours3 sixes
Control
69%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
1 four1 six
81210912112812
P Nissanka
P Nissanka KAF
71 runs (41)
8 fours2 sixes
Control
71%
Productive shot
cut shot
13 runs
2 fours0 six
1068788416
Best performances - bowlers
PWH de Silva
PWH de Silva KAF
O
3
M
0
R
14
W
4
ECO
4.66
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
FA Allen
FA Allen KAF
O
0.3
M
0
R
1
W
2
ECO
2
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossColombo Stars, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Falcons
Andre Fletcher
Match days06 December 2022 - night (20-over match)
Player Replacement
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Chandrika Amarasinghe
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Prageeth Rambukwella
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Chamara De Zoysa
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Manoj Mendis
PointsKandy Falcons 2, Colombo Stars 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
KAF 100%
KAFCS
100%50%100%KAF InningsCS Innings

Over 15 • CS 90/10

Dominic Drakes c Nissanka b Allen 18 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) SR: 81.81
W
Suranga Lakmal lbw b Allen 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 0
W
Falcons won by 109 runs
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