RESULT
1st Match, Hambantota, December 06, 2022, Lanka Premier League
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(20 ov, T:138) 113

Kings won by 24 runs

Player Of The Match
30 (20) & 1/14
dunith-wellalage
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Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Jaffna Kings 137/10(19.5 overs)
Wahab Riaz2/23 (4)
Galle Gladiators 113/10(20 overs)

And, that will be a wrap from us for this game. But don't worry, the action comes thick and fast at this year's LPL, with Colombo Stars taking on Kandy Falcons in a few minutes' time. Till then, this is me (Shashwat) on behalf of Ranjith, signing off. Goodbye, take care!

Thisara Perera, Jaffna Kings captain: I am trusting my bowlers because I feel this wicket was a little sticky. I know I have wonderful bowlers. (On the pressure of being defending champions) This is another tournament and we are going game by game.

Kusal Mendis, Galle Gladiators captain: (Where did it go wrong) Opening partnership was good but after that we lost a lot of wickets. That is why we made 138 look like a big score. Earlier, it was easy to bat against the new ball. As the ball got old, it was tough to play normal shots. The wicket was a little slow and that is why we lost wickets in the middle.

Dunith Wellalage, Player of the Match: (On your performance) I was trying to play my normal game. My teammates gave me great support, as did my team management. I tried to keep things simple. The wicket was turning so I always tried to do my normal bowling.

Right. Time for the post-match presentation.

6:45pm Phew, that was some game! It ebbed and flowed throughout and up until the final five overs, it was anybody's game. The Gladiators were perhaps better in both powerplays and in the death overs of the first innings. But when it mattered, especially in the middle overs of the run-chase, the Kings came up trumps. They rode on their young spin duo of Viyaskanth and Wellalage, who caused the Gladiators all sorts of problems with their flight, drift and dip. The wicket also aided their endeavours and once Theekshana came back to outwit Mendis in the 16th over, the writing was on the wall for last year's runners-up. This contest, if anything, proved why the Jaffna Kings have won two LPL titles on the bounce and how they are equipped to win different types of games. Word has to go out to Wellalage too, whose cameo in the first innings possibly ended up being the difference today.

As for the Gladiators, there were plenty of positives, most notably how they bowled and how Mendis batted, despite being up against a turning track. Their bowling unit also did largely well, with Imad Wasim and Wahab among the wickets. On the night, though, it was not enough.

end of over 20Wicket maiden
GG: 113/10CRR: 5.65 
Pulina Tharanga1 (4b)
Binura Fernando 3-1-22-3
James Fuller 4-0-19-1
19.6
W
Fernando to Thushara, OUT

another wicket to polish off what has turned out to be a convincing win in the end! Length delivery on leg stump that hurtles through. Thushara has a nibble at it, more in hope than anything else, and feathers it through to the keeper. An apt way to cap off an outstanding bowling display! This is also the lowest total that has been defended at this venue in the history of the LPL!

Nuwan Thushara c sub (†S Samarawickrama) b B Fernando 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 0

Thushara comes out to face the final ball

19.5
W
Fernando to Pradeep, OUT

straight to the fielder at long on! Back of a length delivery on leg stump. Pradeep backs away and finally gets some decent contact. Such is his luck, though, that he arrows it straight down long on's throat. Been that kind of a day with the bat for the Gladiators!

Nuwan Pradeep c Shoaib Malik b B Fernando 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 14.28
19.4
Fernando to Pradeep, no run

a carbon copy of the previous delivery. Dug into the track and it cramps Pradeep for room. He tries to smash it away but is too late on the stroke

19.3
Fernando to Pradeep, no run

banged into the track at the batter on leg stump. Pradeep, well, has another swipe at it, and misses

Four sixes needed to tie the game now

19.2
Fernando to Pradeep, no run

another back of a length delivery outside off stump. Pradeep has another wild swing at it and only swats away a few flies in the process

19.1
Fernando to Pradeep, no run

length delivery on middle and leg stump. Pradeep has an agricultural hack at it and makes absolutely no contact

25 runs needed off the final over. The Gladiators need six boundaries, just to tie things up. Surely this is beyond their grasp now? Binura to bowl the last over

end of over 192 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 113/8CRR: 5.94 RRR: 25.00 • Need 25 from 6b
Pulina Tharanga1 (4b)
Nuwan Pradeep1 (2b)
James Fuller 4-0-19-1
Binura Fernando 2-0-22-1
18.6
Fuller to Pulina Tharanga, no run

short delivery outside off stump that skids through. Tharanga continues swinging and to his frustration, continues missing

18.5
Fuller to Pulina Tharanga, no run

full delivery darted into the batter on leg stump. Tharanga backs away and drills it straight back to the bowler, who manages to rein it in

18.4
Fuller to Pulina Tharanga, no run

length delivery outside off stump. Tharanga swings for the hills but only connects with fresh air

18.3
1
Fuller to Pradeep, 1 run

full delivery on middle and off stump. Pradeep backs away and slices it towards deep cover point for just a single

18.2
Fuller to Pradeep, no run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Pradeep throws the kitchen sink at it but misses the ball by an absolute mile

Pradeep joins Tharanga in the middle

18.1
1W
Fuller to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, OUT

back of a length delivery slanted into the batter on middle and leg stump. Wahab has a cramped swipe at it and miscues it towards mid wicket. He then hares back for the second and has to stretch to make his ground. But to no avail, because the throw and the keeper is quick enough to catch him short of his ground

Wahab Riaz run out (Fuller/sub [†S Samarawickrama]) 4 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 133.33

27 runs needed off the last 12 balls. The Gladiators need five boundaries. Who is going to get them, though? Fuller to bowl the penultimate over

end of over 1811 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 111/7CRR: 6.16 RRR: 13.50 • Need 27 from 12b
Wahab Riaz3 (2b)
Pulina Tharanga1 (1b)
Binura Fernando 2-0-22-1
James Fuller 3-0-17-1
17.6
1
Fernando to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

another bumper outside off stump. Wahab gives it everything he has but can only drag it towards long on for a single

17.5
2
Fernando to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs

dropped, oh my! Dug into the track just outside off stump. Wahab has a swipe across the line and shanks it towards long on. The fielder runs in and dives forward but can't hold onto the chance

Wahab Riaz on strike now

17.4
W
Fernando to Imad Wasim, OUT

is there a nick? Yes, there is! This could be the game! Banged into the track and this one is angled into the batter. Imad tries to give himself room but is always cramped for it. He tries to slash it away but the awkward position he gets himself into means that he can only nick it through to the keeper

Imad Wasim c sub (†S Samarawickrama) b B Fernando 17 (22b 0x4 1x6 ) SR: 77.27
17.3
1
Fernando to Pulina Tharanga, 1 run

short delivery just outside off stump. Tharanga lets the ball come to him before guiding it down to third man for a single

Tharanga in at 8

17.2
1
Fernando to Imad Wasim, 1 run

back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Imad hops up onto his toes and runs it down to the sweeper at third man for a single

17.1
6
Fernando to Imad Wasim, SIX runs

no, he can't! In the slot on middle and leg stump. Imad dances down the track and pumps it over the bowler's head for a maximum! What a shot under pressure!

Binura comes back into the attack. Can he get the better of Imad?

A lot rests on Imad now. He is the senior batter and has more batting pedigree than the others to come. So far, though, he has looked very scratchy at the crease. Something will have to change drastically for the Gladiators to get past the finish line now

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
GG: 100/6CRR: 5.88 RRR: 12.66 • Need 38 from 18b
Imad Wasim10 (19b)
James Fuller 3-0-17-1
Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-24-1
16.6
W
Fuller to Ashan, OUT

edged and taken! Another batter bites the dust! Full delivery outside off stump and this one seems to move away very late. Ashan has a loose drive at it without any conviction and feathers it through to the keeper, who gobbles up the chance!

Sammu Ashan c sub (†S Samarawickrama) b Fuller 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 50

Required run rate up to 12 runs per over now. 38 needed off 19 balls

16.5
1
Fuller to Imad Wasim, 1 run

length delivery on middle and leg stump. Imad clears his front leg and slogs it down the ground towards long on for just another single

Best performances - batters
BKG Mendis
BKG Mendis GG
51 runs (43)
5 fours0 six
Control
86%
Productive shot
pull
15 runs
2 fours0 six
9013271118
DN Wellalage
DN Wellalage JK
30 runs (20)
4 fours0 six
Control
76%
Productive shot
sweep shot
8 runs
2 fours0 six
48363303
Best performances - bowlers
B Fernando
B Fernando JK
O
3
M
1
R
22
W
3
ECO
7.33
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
V Viyaskanth
V Viyaskanth JK
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
2
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossGalle Gladiators, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Kings
Dunith Wellalage
Match days06 December 2022 - day (20-over match)
Player Replacement
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Ravindra Kottahachchi
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Chandrika Amarasinghe
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Graeme Labrooy
PointsJaffna Kings 2, Galle Gladiators 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
JK 100%
JKGG
100%50%100%JK InningsGG Innings

Over 20 • GG 113/10

Nuwan Pradeep c Shoaib Malik b B Fernando 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 14.28
W
Nuwan Thushara c sub (†S Samarawickrama) b B Fernando 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 0
W
Kings won by 24 runs
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