that will be that! The Kings win by 8 wickets! Half-tracker outside off stump and it gets the treatment it deserves! Samarawickrama rocks back and swats it past mid wicket to seal the deal!
Kings won by 8 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
|Dominic Drakes||CS||68.66||38(20)||55.74||75.46||1/30||0.5||- 6.8|
6:12pm Right. That will be that from us for this game. In a little over an hour, Dambulla Aura will take on the Galle Gladiators in a fixture that would settle the debate around fourth spot. Do join us for that game. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat), on behalf of Sudeep, signing off! Goodbye, and take care!
Thisara Perera, Jaffna Kings captain: We have used 20 players so we now know what we have to do. It is really good for the team and really tough for the selection. We just want to play our normal game. Next match is just another match and we are looking forward to giving our best.
Niroshan Dickwella, Colombo Stars captain: I think when we have batted first, we have not clicked. When we have chased, we have done very well. As a batting group, everyone has to raise their hand and play for the team. We have not realised what a good score is in the first innings. 150-155 would have been a good score. Dew helped us in Pallekele but I don't think it is a reason for us to collapse like this. We have a good batting line-up. We just need to click and if we do that, we can definitely win the play-offs.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Player of the Match: (On being very energetic on the field) I did not have complete sleep (chuckles). I try to be energetic every time I am on the field. The wicket was not easy but I tried to be positive. I took some time at the start. I try to be more consistent now and to be good for the team whenever I play. It is all about hard work and it (my success) is because of that.
Time for the post-match presentation!
6:02pm A comfortable victory in the end for the Kings. The worrying part, from the Stars' perspective, was that the result never felt in doubt. Gurbaz teed off at the start, scoring 40 runs in the powerplay alone, and the bowlers had no answer to his pyrotechnics. Avishka batted through the run-chase and was there at the end, ensuring that there were no hiccups.
Both teams' group stage adventure has, thus, come to an end. And the way this game went, you feel the Stars have a lot more introspection to indulge in over the next couple of days. The Kings, meanwhile, would be high on confidence and would be fancying their chances of making the final come Tuesday.
back of a length delivery on middle and off stump that gets big on the batter. Samarawickrama drops it right beside him with a dead bat
length delivery outside off stump that nips away. Samarawickrama has a fish at it and is beaten
dug into the track. Samarawickrama has a swipe at it and splices it just over short mid wicket. Gets a couple of runs for his toil
Just four needed now. Can Samarawickrama finish it with one blow?
back of a length delivery on leg stump. Avishka gives himself a bit of room and runs it down to third man for a single
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Samarawickrama has a stab at it and gets an inside edge that rattles into his pads
full delivery outside off stump. Samarawickrama throws his hands at it but is late on the stroke as the ball goes past the flailing bat
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Avishka goes back and knocks it down the ground towards long on for a single
full ad way down the leg side. Avishka lets it go and the keeper can't gather either. Five extras added to the Kings' total!
full and angled into the stumps. Samarawickrama comes forward and drives it down the ground for one
back of a length delivery at the stumps. Avishka gives himself room and punches it towards deep cover point for a single
Avishka is now the leading run-scorer in the LPL this season
back of a length delivery on middle and off stump. Samarawickrama tucks it off his pads into the leg side for an easy single
back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Avishka bunts it down the ground and gets back comfortably for the second
back of a length delivery outside off stump. Avishka gets up on his toes and drops it into the off side
back of a length delivery on leg stump. Samarawickrama gets up on his toes and fends it into the leg side for a single
length delivery outside off stump that nips into the batter. Samarawickrama has a waft at it and is beaten on the inside quite convincingly
Samarawickrama is the new man in. Drakes to continue from around the wicket
straight to deep backward square leg! Full delivery down the leg side. Malik could have hit that literally anywhere but he picks out the fielder at deep backward square leg to absolute perfection! A wry smile surfaces on Malik's face but he has to walk back!
length delivery angled into the batter on middle and leg stump. Malik plays it back to the bowler
Just 17 runs needed now. How quickly can the Kings polish off this run-chase? Drakes into the attack
back of a length delivery on off stump. Malik waits in his crease and glides it down to short third man for one
length delivery on middle and leg stump. Malik turns it into the leg side and then scampers across for a sharp brace
|R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Toss||Jaffna Kings, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||19 December 2022 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Jaffna Kings 2, Colombo Stars 0|
Over 16 • JK 131/2Kings won by 8 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
ESPNcricinfo Awards 2022 T20 leagues bowling nominees: Thornton's birthday strikes, Rashid's six-for, and Umran's pace
ESPNcricinfo Awards 2022 T20 leagues batting nominees: Title-winning knocks, and the Hundred's first centurion
Avishka, Samarawickrama lead Jaffna Kings to third straight LPL title
Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Carlos Brathwaite feature in ESPNcricinfo's LPL XI
|WIA Fernando||not out||40||38|
|S Samarawickrama||not out||9||10|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 8)|
|Total||131(2 wkts; 15.5 ovs)|