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Aura vs Kandy, 6th Match at Kandy, Aug 04 2023, Lanka Premier League

RESULT
6th Match, Pallekele, August 04, 2023, Lanka Premier League
(18.3/20 ov, T:157) 160/3

Kandy won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
2/17
mujeeb-ur-rahman
Cricinfo's MVP
124.13 ptsImpact List
dhananjaya-de-silva
Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan | Comms: Rvel Zahid
Scorecard summary
Dambulla Aura 156/6(20 overs)
B-Love Kandy 160/3(18.3 overs)
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PLAYERTeam
TI
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I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
DBA124.1361(39)72.0381.881/161.6642.24
BLK72.87--02/172.7872.87
BLK66.0348(29)58.7766.03--0
BLK30.4728(20)28.5624.350/5-6.12
DBA29.3214(6)21.429.32--0

That's it from this match but the action comes thick and fast in LPL. There's another game set to get underway in less than an hour between Galle Titans and Jaffna Kings. From me (Rvel Zahid), it's goodbye and have a very good Friday all of you!

Kandy secured their first points on the board with a comprehensive victory over Dambulla. In their previous encounter with Galle, they were up against the wall, but the addition of Fakhar Zaman and a change of venue has turned their fortunes around.

Fakhar and Chandimal gave them a solid start, setting the tone for the chase. Mathews ensured a smooth finish without any hiccups, struck some meaty blows to seal the game in style. Asif Ali launched a few balls out of the park and did exactly what he was expected to do. On the contrary, Dambulla were scruffy in the field, missing out on run-out chances and spraying a barrage of wides that didn't help their cause. Dhananjaya was brilliant though; he made a staggering 61-run-knock, albeit for a losing cause, and then snared Fakhar Zaman with his canny off-spin. Hayden Kerr bowled an economical spell too with some terrific yorkers and got the wicket of Mendis while Noor kept a lid on the score but remained wicketless. Shahnawaz Dahani was was the most expensive of the lot and his bouncers were off the target.

Kusal Mendis, Dambulla Aura: We lost early wickets and were 20 runs short maybe. First 6 loves, the wicket was a little bit hard, then Avishaka played normal game. But unfortunately, I got out earlier so we struggled there.

Wanindu Hasaranga, B-Love Kandy Captain: Especially in this kind of wicket, bowlers really bowled well. We should respect Fakhar because he arrived in the afternoon yesterday and played today. If you see our bowlers, we have good wicket-taking bowlers, myself, Mujeeb, Dushmantha, Udana and Hasnain. That's why were are always looking for wickets.

18.3
4
Dahani to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

There you go! Another short delivery on off, he rocks back and biffs a pull to backward square boundary and powers them to a resounding victory with 8 balls to spare, Mathews punches the air in ecstasy, it was a very fluent knock

Thilini: "Why would Mendis bring in Dahani, who has been very expensive, when even DDS has an over left?"

Gune: " Give chance to Sahan Archchige instead Kamidu Mendis"

18.3
1w
Dahani to Asif Ali, 1 wide

Dishes out a wide away from the guideline on leg stump, so just one away from a convincing win

18.2
1
Dahani to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

On a length and gets a hint of wobble outside off, makes room and guides it to sweeper for a run

18.1
6
Dahani to Angelo Mathews, SIX runs

Round the wicket, a touch short and slanting across off, he clears his front leg and hauls it away over midwicket for a six! That was absolutely leathered!

end of over 186 runs
BLK: 148/3CRR: 8.22 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Asif Ali12 (7b 2x4)
Angelo Mathews21 (18b 2x4)
Hayden Kerr 4-0-28-1
Binura Fernando 3-0-21-0
17.6
Kerr to Asif Ali, no run

Another marvelous pin-point yorker on middle, he jams his bat down and digs it out to the bowler

17.5
1
Kerr to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Prodded down past mid-off and gallops across to the other end

17.4
1
Kerr to Asif Ali, 1 run

Nails a perfect yorker and somehow he manages to dig it out to point and then pinches a run, he rockets a throw at non-striker's end and it's not quite spot on

17.4
1w
Kerr to Asif Ali, 1 wide

Length and swirling away outside off away from the tramline

17.3
1
Kerr to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Goes full and gets a hint of away seam movement, inside edge onto the pad, ricochets to the on side as they hurtle for a run

17.2
1
Kerr to Asif Ali, 1 run

Nails a good yorker and he shuffles across a touch and then knocks it down to long on for a run

17.1
1
Kerr to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Slower one on a length just outside off, spanked across the line to square of midwicket

end of over 1713 runs
BLK: 142/3CRR: 8.35 RRR: 5.00 • Need 15 from 18b
Asif Ali10 (4b 2x4)
Angelo Mathews18 (15b 2x4)
Binura Fernando 3-0-21-0
Hayden Kerr 3-0-22-1
16.6
4
Fernando to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

Smites powerfully to bisect fielder at off and away she whistles to the boundary. Asif Ali is trying to make sure there are no hiccups in this straightforward chase

16.5
1
Fernando to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Fuller and angling across off, plants his backleg deep in his crease and then generates a lot of power while driving it away into the covers

16.4
1b
Fernando to Asif Ali, 1 bye

Well-disguised slower on a length outside off, goes past whizzing the edge but they sneak a bye

16.3
4
Fernando to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

Dug in short on off, stays back, waits patiently and then carts it aerially to deep square boundary, one bounce over the rope. Pace off the ball but he judged it well and went a step back in his crease to open the leg side. Quality shot

16.2
2
Fernando to Asif Ali, 2 runs

Just short of a length on off, rocks back and blasts a pull to deep midwicket

16.1
1
Fernando to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Short of a length slammed into the pitch and follows the batter who was stepping away to the leg side, opens the face and steers it away past point

end of over 166 runs • 1 wicket
BLK: 129/3CRR: 8.06 RRR: 7.00 • Need 28 from 24b
Angelo Mathews16 (13b 2x4)
Hayden Kerr 3-0-22-1
Noor Ahmad 4-0-26-0
15.6
W
Kerr to Mendis, OUT

Good length hoping in and he slaps it back to Kerr who takes a blinder in his follow-through! He is pumped up, clearly the standout bowler for Dambulla today. Mendis departs for 18. A couple of wickets could make this an interesting contest but with no asking rate pressure, it's Kandy's game to lose

Kamindu Mendis c & b Kerr 18 (28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.28
15.5
Kerr to Mendis, no run

On a length and meandering away outside off, takes the pace off the ball, gets an inside edge and the ball dies down quickly close to the stumps

15.4
1
Kerr to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

Good length slants across off, clonked down to long off and canters across to the other end, they are making it look very easy

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
DM de Silva
61 runs (39)
5 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
85%
LD Chandimal
48 runs (29)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
9 runs
2 fours0 six
Control
87%
Best performances - bowlers
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
I Udana
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
2
ECO
8.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossDambulla Aura, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Match days04 August 2023 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsB-Love Kandy 2, Dambulla Aura 0
Language
English
Win Probability
BLK 100%
DBABLK
100%50%100%DBA InningsBLK Innings

Over 19 • BLK 160/3

Kandy won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
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