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Kandy vs Jaffna, 15th Match at Colombo, LPL, Jul 13 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
15th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), July 13, 2024, Lanka Premier League
(7/7 ov) 78/5
(5.5/7 ov, T:79) 79/6

Jaffna won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
3/10
jason-behrendorff
Cricinfo's MVP
116.9 ptsImpact List
jason-behrendorff
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Kandy Falcons 78/5(7 overs)
Jaffna Kings 79/6(5.5 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
JK116.9--03/104.41116.9
JK84.5324(6)31.4145.031/200.9939.51
KAF65.6211(8)4.49- 1.722/223.367.33
JK49.426(9)33.3849.4--0
KAF44.82(1)1.7112/182.8743.81

11:50pm That brings us to the end of our coverage for tonight. We had to wait a bit for the game to actually begin but once it did, there was no shortage of entertainment or drama. Hope you enjoyed it just as much as we loved bringing it to you. Until next time, this is goodbye from me, Ranjith and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Take care, folks!

Jason Behrendorff, Player of the Match: (On the pitch) It was a little bit sticky, a bit of bounce and a little two-paced. Something for the bowlers, so it was nice. (What was the right length to bowl) Top of the stumps, back of a length. Some were going through, some weren't. The batters had to change their swing and you did not have to do much. (On his LPL experience) My first time to Sri Lanka and I have been loving it.

Charith Asalanka, Jaffna Kings captain: Just smash it. I was under pressure but when I was coming in to bat, it was almost 12-12.5 runs per over, so I had to smash it and I think I did it. (On if they will be making changes for the next league game) Tough question, I have to speak to the coach first (smiles). I am pretty happy right now, if I want to see a few players, I can do it (in the next match).

Wanindu Hasaranga, Kandy Falcons captain: We have one game left, we just want to finish (strongly). Covers were on since the morning and the we knew the wicket was going to be slow. We wanted to score 75-plus. We achieved that target but we did not bowl well after the first three-four overs.

11:36pm And...breathe. A frantic seven-over-per-side shootout that does not even last the distance, primarily because the Kings were so good with their six-hitting. Two overs into their chase, it felt that they would flounder, having lost Mendis, Nissanka and Rossouw. Asalanka, though, stepped up thereafter and the rest followed suit, with Omarzai applying the finishing touches towards the end.

Some of the Falcons' decision-making was questionable. Shoriful and Hasnain did not bowl at all, while Fletcher did. Hasaranga also looked a little off-colour, despite picking up two wickets in his only over. Mathews and Shanaka did well in their respective first overs but became too predictable in their second, which allowed the Kings to take them down.

5.5
1
Fletcher to Azmatullah, 1 run

that will be that! The Kings win and take a giant stride towards securing a top-two finish! Fired in full on off. Omarzai stretches forward and eases it to long off. An anti-climactic end to an insane display of six-hitting but that gets the job done for the Kings, which is all that matters!

5.4
1W
Fletcher to Azmatullah, 1 run, OUT

chance goes down, but the scores are now level! Chaos in Colombo! On a length, perhaps just outside off. Omarzai has a slog at it and miscues it. Kamindu Mendis tries to settle under it but is unable to do so. Does not get a good enough hand to it. The Kings think they can sneak in two but Avishka is well short on the second at the bowler's end!

Avishka Fernando run out (PHKD Mendis/Fletcher) 16 (7b 0x4 2x6) SR: 228.57
5.3
4
Fletcher to Azmatullah, FOUR runs

oh dear - the wheels are coming off now! Short outside off. Omarzai sits back and carves it towards deep cover point. Mathews over-runs it and then gets done in by the spin!

5.2
6
Fletcher to Azmatullah, SIX runs

more clean hitting by Omarzai! Tossed up into the slot outside off. Omarzai plants his front foot and cracks it over long off!

5.1
1
Fletcher to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

back of a length on the pads. Avishka works it away towards deep mid wicket

Just 13 needed now. The Kings are yet to hit a four. And there are more surprises in store. Fletcher to bowl. Still no Hasnain or Shoriful. Or Ramesh Mendis

end of over 518 runs • 2 wickets
JK: 66/5CRR: 13.20 RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 from 12b
Azmatullah Omarzai12 (2b 2x6)
Avishka Fernando15 (6b 2x6)
Wanindu Hasaranga 1-0-18-2
Dasun Shanaka 2-0-26-1
4.6
6
Hasaranga to Azmatullah, SIX runs

three sixes, two wickets and one over of unparalleled drama! Shortish at the stumps and that is what Omarzai wants. Rocks back, uses his levers and clobbers it over deep square leg!

4.5
6
Hasaranga to Azmatullah, SIX runs

off the mark with a six! It is all happening here! Tossed up full on off. Omarzai's eyes light up and he gives himself room. No half-measures and he lofts it over long off!

Here's Omarzai

4.4
W
Hasaranga to Samarakoon, OUT

two in the over for Hasaranga! Googly floated up full and wide outside off, tempting Samarakoon to slog across the line. He takes up the invitation but comes up second-best. Spoons up off the outside half of the bat and short third makes no mistake!

Lahiru Samarakoon c Mohammad Hasnain b Hasaranga 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
4.3
Hasaranga to Samarakoon, no run

googly on a shortish length, well outside off. Does not bounce much and comes off very slowly too. Samarakoon is very early into his swing and seems to miss. Hasaranga thinks there might be bat involved but the umpire says otherwise

Samarakoon joins Avishka

4.2
W
Hasaranga to Asalanka, OUT

six and out! Hasaranga has his revenge! Another half-tracker outside off and nine times out of ten, Asalanka would have smashed it into the stands. On this occasion, though, he slices across it and offers a fairly regulation catch to long on. No real emotion from Hasaranga, but this could be a big moment in the game!

Charith Asalanka c Mohammad Haris b Hasaranga 26 (9b 0x4 4x6) SR: 288.88
4.1
6
Hasaranga to Asalanka, SIX runs

launched into space! A proper half-tracker outside off. Asalanka cannot believe what has been dished up and clatters it over deep mid wicket!

Right. Here's captain Hasaranga. 31 off 18. This could be the game here

end of over 420 runs
JK: 48/3CRR: 12.00 RRR: 10.33 • Need 31 from 18b
Avishka Fernando15 (6b 2x6)
Charith Asalanka20 (7b 3x6)
Dasun Shanaka 2-0-26-1
Angelo Mathews 2-0-22-2
3.6
6
Shanaka to Avishka Fernando, SIX runs

back to back sixes, and make that 20 runs off the over! Shanaka ventures into Avishka's hitting arc again, and gets met. Absolutely met. Avishka snaps his wrists into action and pounds it over wide long on!

3.5
6
Shanaka to Avishka Fernando, SIX runs

this is a shot and a half! Slower ball that lands right where Avishka wants it: in the slot wide outside off. Gets his hands through the ball and creams it over the deep cover point fielder!

3.4
1
Shanaka to Asalanka, 1 run

safe! Back of a length just outside off. Asalanka throws his hands at it and miscues it. Luckily for him, he manages to evade backward point

3.3
6
Shanaka to Asalanka, SIX runs

pick the bones out of this one! Marginally short on middle and leg. Asalanka sizes it up, nice and early, and smokes it over deep square leg!

3.2
Shanaka to Asalanka, no run

excellently-disguised slower ball on a length on leg stump. Swings away late and goes past Asalanka's slog

3.1
1
Shanaka to Avishka Fernando, 1 run

off-pace and into the track outside off. Avishka hangs back in his crease and scuffs it towards long off

The Kings have as many runs as the Falcons did at this stage of their innings. Talk about the game being on a knife-edge. 51 needed off 24. Shanaka to bowl out too

end of over 315 runs • 1 wicket
JK: 28/3CRR: 9.33 RRR: 12.75 • Need 51 from 24b
Charith Asalanka13 (4b 2x6)
Avishka Fernando2 (3b)
Angelo Mathews 2-0-22-2
Dasun Shanaka 1-0-6-1
2.6
Angelo Mathews to Asalanka, no run

off-cutter on a fullish length outside off. Asalanka tries to mow it over cow corner but fails to make any contact. Dot to finish the over

2.5
6
Angelo Mathews to Asalanka, SIX runs

this is better, and this is much bigger! Pace-on this time but again, in the slot. Asalanka dances down the track, goes through the line and crunches it over the sightscreen!

2.4
6
Angelo Mathews to Asalanka, SIX runs

Asalanka goes big! Slower ball that lands in the slot outside off. Asalanka lines it up, bends his back knee and whacks it high and long over deep mid wicket!

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Mohammad Haris
30 runs (13)
2 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
pull
11 runs
1 four1 six
Control
36%
KIC Asalanka
26 runs (9)
0 four4 sixes
Productive shot
slog sweep
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
Control
44%
Best performances - bowlers
JP Behrendorff
O
2
M
0
R
10
W
3
ECO
5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
AD Mathews
O
2
M
0
R
22
W
2
ECO
11
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossJaffna Kings, elected to field first
Series
Season2024
Player Of The Match
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.50
Match days13 July 2024 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsJaffna Kings 2, Kandy Falcons 0
Language
English
Win Probability
JK 100%
KAFJK
100%50%100%KAF InningsJK Innings

Over 6 • JK 79/6

Avishka Fernando run out (PHKD Mendis/Fletcher) 16 (7b 0x4 2x6) SR: 228.57
W
Jaffna won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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