RESULT
4th Match (N), Hambantota, December 07, 2022, Lanka Premier League
(15/20 ov, T:122) 123/5

Falcons won by 5 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)

Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Galle Gladiators 121/8(20 overs)
Kandy Falcons 123/5(15 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Carlos BrathwaiteKAF100.44(4)42.434/145.1497.98
Movin SubasinghaGG51.940(38)47.5151.9--0
Zahoor KhanKAF44.31--02/262.5244.31
Kamindu MendisKAF35.4244(34)44.4635.42--0
Nuwanidu FernandoGG26.1913(8)19.5526.19--0
end of over 1513 runs • 1 wicket
KAF: 123/5CRR: 8.20 
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva8 (3b 2x4)
Carlos Brathwaite4 (4b 1x4)
Pulina Tharanga 2-0-20-1
Nuwan Thushara 3-0-18-1

And that brings to an end to our coverage for the day. Reminder that tomorrow will have just the one match, at 3pm, between Dambulla Aura and Colombo Stars. Be sure to join us for that, but until then on behalf of Abhimanyu, this is Madushka saying goodbye!

Winning captain Wanindu Hasaranga: "Our foreign players have done a really good job, as well our local players, we have a really good experienced side. We have a good bench as well, we're going with a balanced side. Sometimes good players have to take their chances. [looking forward to playing in Kandy?] Yeah we'll be playing in front of our home crowd, and hope for good support from our fans."

Losing captain Kusal Mendis: "We lost a few wickets early and that really set the tone for the low total. Next match we need to win, we have a few more players to utilise in our squad so I think we can hope for a better performance next time."

Carlos Brathwaite is the Player of the Match for his figures of 4 for 14: "In terms of the bowling just kept it simple, tried to get the edge into play. Got a couple of fortunate ones, but all in all happy with my new role in opening the bowling."

Time now for the presentation ceremony...

Tinura: "Winning with 5 overs to spare and still NRR decreases! Falcons are here this time to fight...." Indeed, hard to believe this is the same team that had won just three games in both of the last two editions.

10.43pm Falcons win then with five wickets to spare, and it's just them and Kings that have a perfect record still intact. It's fitting that Carlos Brathwaite was out in the middle when the winning runs were scored as it was his four wicket burst in the powerplay that set up an ultimately comfortable win. Yes there were some dropped catches that let Gladiators back into the game - and that's something Falcons will be keen to brush up on - but even with those indiscretions they managed to limit their opponents to just 121. Then in the chase, Nissanka and Fletcher once more set a decent platform before Mendis took the chase through to the end, only falling short right at its conclusion.

14.6
4
Pulina Tharanga to Hasaranga de Silva, FOUR runs

Again finds the deep midwicket boundary, and with that the win! Tossed up and Hasaranga connects with a flat slog sweep to make it two wins in two for the Falcons!

14.5
Pulina Tharanga to Hasaranga de Silva, no run

good length, clipped towards midwicket

14.4
4
Pulina Tharanga to Hasaranga de Silva, FOUR runs

Boundary straight away! This was dragged short and Hasaranga is on this like a rash, pulled hard to deep midwicket

That wicket brings the skipper to the crease.

Mendis goes for a well played 44 off 34.

14.3
W
Pulina Tharanga to Mendis, OUT

And Mendis can't see it through! Comes down the track and looks to go inside out over long-off, but he only connects with the toe end of the bat. The ball goes high but straight to long-off.

Kamindu Mendis c Wahab Riaz b Tharanga 44 (34b 4x4 2x6 ) SR: 129.41
14.2
1lb
Pulina Tharanga to Brathwaite, 1 leg bye

looks to go again, but this time he's not quite at the length. Ball beats the pad and goes on to strike the back pad. It's going down leg though.

14.1
4
Pulina Tharanga to Brathwaite, FOUR runs

Lofted down the ground! Tharanga tosses this right up and Brathwaite just muscles it down the ground with ease, bisecting the men on the ropes.

Nice little side-by-side comparison on broadcast between Thushara and Zahoor Khan's slinging actions. Zaman looks to have a straighter wrist, which will likely help with more swing.

end of over 143 runs
KAF: 110/4CRR: 7.85 RRR: 2.00 • Need 12 from 36b
Kamindu Mendis44 (33b 4x4 2x6)
Carlos Brathwaite0 (2b)
Nuwan Thushara 3-0-18-1
Nuwan Pradeep 3-0-34-2
13.6
Thushara to Mendis, no run

Swinging in to the pads, attempted yorker but this is more of a full toss. Kamindu nevertheless is beaten and gets hit on the front pad. Thushara appeals, but it's clearly swinging down leg

13.5
Thushara to Mendis, no run

full and straight, stays in the crease and pushes this back towards the bowler

13.5
1w
Thushara to Mendis, 1 wide

Digs it in short now, but too short this. Bounces well over Kamindu

13.4
Thushara to Mendis, no run

Another well directed yorker, right on middle and off. Worked straight to midwicket

13.3
1lb
Thushara to Brathwaite, 1 leg bye

leg stump yorker now, raps Brathwaite on the pads but this is sliding down leg. Brathwaite might have got some bat on it as well as it goes down towards fine leg

13.2
Thushara to Brathwaite, no run

Full and quick, 135kph, and the late out swing just takes this past off stump. Brathwaite makes room to almost fatal effect

13.1
1
Thushara to Mendis, 1 run

good length, pace-off outside off, cut down towards deep point

nis: "@madushka Speaking of the pre world cup domestic tournament, I remember Movin Subasinghe dispatching Hasaranga for couple of sixers in that tournament. Since then I was looking forward for him to play LPL and have a breakthrough season. Will see if he continues the good form shown today" Good shout. Even Dabare, who got out very early today, had a pretty impressive tournament.

end of over 1311 runs • 1 wicket
KAF: 107/4CRR: 8.23 RRR: 2.14 • Need 15 from 42b
Kamindu Mendis43 (29b 4x4 2x6)
Nuwan Pradeep 3-0-34-2
Pulina Tharanga 1-0-8-0

They briefly check for Pradeep possibly overstepping, but he's got just enough behind the line.

12.6
W
Pradeep to Allen, OUT

Down deep square leg's throat! Slower ball from Pradeep, and this aerial front foot pick-up shot of off the middle and leg cannot clear the man in the deep.

Fabian Allen c Iftikhar Ahmed b Pradeep 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) SR: 100
12.5
1
Pradeep to Mendis, 1 run

full on the pads now, clipped down to deep backward square leg

12.4
6
Pradeep to Mendis, SIX runs

All the way over fine leg! Pradeep again directed a short one on the pads, and Mendis just helps this on its way. Pulls it high and far.

12.3
Pradeep to Mendis, no run

Bouncer, but better directed. Just angles across Mendis, who looks to uppercut this but can't make contact

12.3
1w
Pradeep to Mendis, 1 wide

Short again, and another one that veers down leg. That also brings up the 100 for Falcons.

12.2
1
Pradeep to Allen, 1 run

short of a length outside off, opens the face and cuts this down to third man

12.1
1
Pradeep to Mendis, 1 run

back of a length, dabbed towards third man off his chest

Best performances - batters
PHKD Mendis
PHKD Mendis KAF
44 runs (34)
4 fours2 sixes
Control
76%
Productive shot
upper cut
6 runs
0 four1 six
117834317
M Subasingha
M Subasingha GG
40 runs (38)
4 fours2 sixes
Control
50%
Productive shot
cover drive
11 runs
2 fours0 six
40268776
Best performances - bowlers
CR Brathwaite
CR Brathwaite KAF
O
4
M
1
R
14
W
4
ECO
3.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Zahoor Khan
Zahoor Khan KAF
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
ECO
6.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossGalle Gladiators, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Falcons
Carlos Brathwaite
Match days07 December 2022 - night (20-over match)
Player Replacement
Concussion subChamindu Wijesinghe for Chamika Karunaratne (Galle Gladiators 1st innings, 3.2 ov)
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Chamara De Zoysa
Sri Lanka
Prageeth Rambukwella
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ravindra Kottahachchi
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Manoj Mendis
PointsKandy Falcons 2, Galle Gladiators 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
KAF 100%
GGKAF
100%50%100%GG InningsKAF Innings

Over 15 • KAF 123/5

Kamindu Mendis c Wahab Riaz b Tharanga 44 (34b 4x4 2x6 ) SR: 129.41
W
Falcons won by 5 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
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