Jaffna Stallions beats Galle Gladiators by a 53 run margin in Lanka Premier League finals.
by Muizz Fazeel
Lanka Premier League aka My11 Circle LPL T20 (for sponsorship reasons), a 20 over franchise cricket tournament in Sri Lanka was held. based on five teams based on various Sri Lankan cities played a total of 23 matches.
It was originally scheduled to begin on the month of August 2020 but was rescheduled several times due to the restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic.
On November 5th the tournament was given the green light to go ahead, with all the matches being played at Hambantota Mahinda Rajapaksha Stadium starting from 26th November to 16th December.
The opening match was a fierce battle between the Colombo Kings and Kandy Tuskers in which Colombo Kings claimed their first victory in the Lanka Premier League in an epic super over.
Qais Ahmed takes the first wicket in LPL
Yesterday, December 16th, 2020. The finals of the LPL was played between Jaffna Stallions and Galle Gladiator. A strong opening stand, a 69 run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Dhananjaya de Silva, and finishing fireworks from Thisara Perara gave the Stallions a dominating total of 188 runs for 20 overs losing only 6 wickets.
Gladiators were always going to struggle to beat a total of 188 runs in 20 overs but were dealt with a huge fall of wickets inside the first two overs, losing Hazratullah Zazai and Danushka Gunathilaka. Some valiant blows were struck in desperate hope but Gladiators kept losing wickets and their innings gradually came to an end by reaching only 135 runs in 20 overs and losing 9 wickets.
Shoaib Malik not only gave substance to the Stallion's innings, but he also claimed two wickets in his 3 overs that went only for 13 runs, was named the man of the match.
A brilliant tournament comes to an end during this pandemic, a tournament with a competitive spirit and brings hopes to the Sri Lankans who went through and going through a hard time due to covid-19.
Congratulations to the Jaffna Stallions on their first-ever LPL championship.
17 December 2020
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