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RESULT
6th Match (N), Pallekele, December 10, 2022, Lanka Premier League
(20 ov, T:148) 148/7

Falcons won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)

Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan
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Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Jaffna Kings 147/7(20 overs)
Kandy Falcons 148/7(20 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Dunith WellalageJK83.1220(18)18.0916.62/172.8266.52
Kamindu MendisKAF42.3919(9)28.8939.650/14-2.74
Chamika KarunaratneKAF4226(16)33.0942--0
Fabian AllenKAF40.640(3)- 3.12- 6.432/232.2547.07
Ashen BandaraKAF38.4644(39)44.3338.46--0
end of over 2016 runs
KAF: 148/7CRR: 7.40 
Isuru Udana1 (2b)
Chamika Karunaratne26 (16b 2x4 2x6)
James Fuller 4-0-35-1
Zaman Khan 3-0-36-1

Right. That will be a wrap from us for tonight. The Kandy Falcons aced this top of the table clash and have now solidified their place at the top of the table, which is in stark contrast to how their first two LPL seasons panned out. The Jaffna Kings, on the other hand, will have a chance to get back to winning ways tomorrow. But before the Kings play, the Colombo Stars will take on the Galle Gladiators in the afternoon game. Make sure you join us, but until then, this is me (Shashwat) on behalf of Sudeep and Vairavan, signing off. Goodbye, goodnight and take care!

11:45pm Wow, that was some game. It had twists and turns at every juncture and in the end, the Falcons did just enough to hold their nerve. Karunaratne, who was a doubtful starter, was the star of the show, smashing two majestic sixes in the final over. Before that, Bandara did his bit to ensure that the Falcons did not completely lose their way. Nissanka, too, batted well for his 24-ball 29.

The Kings, on the other hand, would be ruing how they let the game get away right at the end. That said, they would be happy with how they contained the Falcons for large swathes. There is still a bit of work to do in the batting department but this game, if anything, has proven that they deserve to be placed where they are in the table.

19.6
1b
Fuller to Udana, 1 bye

Falcons win, what drama! Absolute pandemonium! Full delivery outside off stump. Udana swishes at thin air. The keeper gathers cleanly and then misses his shy at the striker's end. The bowler then collects and he too misses at the bowler's end, allowing Udana to complete the single. This has been a crazy and manic end to a topsy-turvy encounter!

Scores level now! A single and the Falcons will be home! A dot ball (or a wicket) and we are going to a Super Over!

19.5
1
Fuller to C Karunaratne, 1 run

oh dear! Back of a length delivery outside off stump. Karunaratne jabs it to extra cover, and then stands admiring his shot. Udana is half-way down the track and both batters are saved because Malik misfields

19.4
1
Fuller to Udana, 1 run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Udana has an ugly hack at it and squirts it off the inside edge towards short fine leg for a single

Samarawickrama has taken one glove off

19.3
1b
Fuller to C Karunaratne, 1 bye

slower delivery dug into the track outside off stump. Karunaratne swipes and misses but Udana is aware enough to sneak in a bye

4 off 4 now. The Falcons are not going to botch this up now, right? A bit of a false start. Fuller now feeling the pinch!

19.2
6
Fuller to C Karunaratne, SIX runs

six more, what a shot! Full delivery way outside off stump. Karunaratne does well to reach it, let alone generate the power to scythe it over the backward point fence!

Okay then. Momentum suddenly with the Falcons now. A fair bit of work still needs to be done, though! 10 from 5

19.1
6
Fuller to C Karunaratne, SIX runs

right out of the screws! Length delivery outside off stump and that sits up to be hit! Karunaratne clears his front leg and thumps it over long on

Oh hello! It seems the Falcons have retired out Bandara, with Udana replacing him in the middle. Well, that is some call!

Right. It has come down to this. 16 runs needed off the final over. Fuller has held his own so far. But can he hold his nerve under pressure?

end of over 1915 runs • 1 wicket
KAF: 132/7CRR: 6.94 RRR: 16.00 • Need 16 from 6b
Chamika Karunaratne13 (12b 2x4)
Zaman Khan 3-0-36-1
James Fuller 3-0-21-1
18.6
2W
Zaman Khan to Bandara, 2 runs, OUT

back of a length delivery on middle and off stump. Bandara clears his front leg and heaves it towards deep mid wicket. He puts on the turbocharge to hare back for the second and has to bring out the dive. But has he made his ground? Yes, he has! Superb running!

Ashen Bandara retired out 44 (39b 3x4 0x6 ) SR: 112.82

18 off 7 now. Another boundary and the Falcons are right back in this game. A six, and the Falcons probably nudge ahead again! Massive ball coming up!

18.5
4
Zaman Khan to Bandara, FOUR runs

gets it through! Full outside off stump and with mid off in the ring, that is asking for trouble! Bandara sits back in his crease and cracks it past mid off for four

18.5
1w
Zaman Khan to Bandara, 1 wide

sharp bumper at the batter on off stump. Bandara has a swipe at it but is awfully late on the stroke. Thankfully for him, the umpire calls it a wide for height

23 needed off 8 now. The Falcons desperately need a maximum

18.4
2
Zaman Khan to Bandara, 2 runs

short and wide outside off stump. Bandara throws his hands at it and flays it towards deep cover point for a couple of runs

The last boundary, before the one Karunaratne hit this over, was in the 15th over. Tells you all you need to know about how this run-chase has unfolded

18.3
1
Zaman Khan to C Karunaratne, 1 run

full toss on middle and off stump. Karunaratne geos deep into his crease and swings it away towards deep mid wicket for a single

18.2
4
Zaman Khan to C Karunaratne, FOUR runs

and, he gets it! In the slot on off stump, and Karunaratne breaks free! He clears his front leg and mows it through wide long on for four

Karunaratne is 8 off 10. Both he and the Falcons would not mind a boundary here!

18.1
1
Zaman Khan to Bandara, 1 run

slower delivery on a length outside off stump. Bandara opens up his stance and heaves it towards deep mid wicket for just a single

31 needed off the last two overs. Surely this is the Kings' game to lose now? Zaman to bowl the penultimate over

end of over 183 runs
KAF: 117/6CRR: 6.50 RRR: 15.50 • Need 31 from 12b
Chamika Karunaratne8 (10b 1x4)
Ashen Bandara35 (35b 2x4)
James Fuller 3-0-21-1
Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-29-1
17.6
Fuller to C Karunaratne, no run

very full delivery just outside off stump. Karunaratne has a massive swing at it but only connects with fresh air

Just three runs off the over so far. Can Fuller close it out? The Falcons need a boundary, right about now!

17.5
Fuller to C Karunaratne, no run

angled into the batter at the stumps. Karunaratne gives himself room but can only tug it straight to the fielder at mid wicket

17.4
1
Fuller to Bandara, 1 run

full delivery outside off stump. Bandara clears his front leg and drills it down the ground towards mid off for just a single

17.3
1
Fuller to C Karunaratne, 1 run

another top yorker on middle and leg stump. Karunaratne squeezes it down the ground - in fact, he hits the stumps at the other end before ambling across for a single

17.2
1
Fuller to Bandara, 1 run

excellent yorker on middle and off stump. Bandara jams his bat down in time and digs the ball out towards backward point for just a single

17.1
Fuller to Bandara, no run

length delivery angled into the batter on leg stump. Bandara plays all over it and then goes wandering down the track for some reason. Thankfully for him, Fuller can't hit the stumps

Fuller to bowl the 18th over. Falcons need 34. Can they muster a 10-plus run over to calm the nerves?

end of over 175 runs
KAF: 114/6CRR: 6.70 RRR: 11.33 • Need 34 from 18b
Ashen Bandara33 (32b 2x4)
Chamika Karunaratne7 (7b 1x4)
Maheesh Theekshana 4-0-29-1
Dunith Wellalage 4-0-17-2
16.6
1
Theekshana to Bandara, 1 run

very full delivery on middle and off stump. Bandara drives it down the ground and beats Theekshana, who tries to anticipate and ends up overrunning it

Last ball of spin potentially coming up

Best performances - batters
KNA Bandara
KNA Bandara KAF
44 runs (39)
3 fours0 six
Control
82%
Productive shot
cover drive
9 runs
1 four0 six
544512535
WIA Fernando
WIA Fernando JK
31 runs (26)
4 fours0 six
Control
77%
Productive shot
cover drive
8 runs
2 fours0 six
00158746
Best performances - bowlers
DN Wellalage
DN Wellalage JK
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
FA Allen
FA Allen KAF
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
2
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossKandy Falcons, elected to field first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Falcons
Chamika Karunaratne
Match days10 December 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
West Indies
Gregory Brathwaite
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Manoj Mendis
PointsKandy Falcons 2, Jaffna Kings 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
JK 100%
JKKAF
100%50%100%JK InningsKAF Innings

Over 20 • KAF 148/7

Falcons won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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KAF871141.884
JK862121.010
CS8356-0.847
GG8264-0.936
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