Galle Gladiators’ luck within the LPL 2020 lastly ran out as their inclined batting got here a cropper towards Jaffna Stallions within the remaining on Wednesday.
Responding to Jaffna Stallions’ complete of 188 for six, constructed round Shoaib Malik’s defiant 46 and a blistering cameo of 39 not out from 14 from skipper Thisara Perera, 135 for 9 was all Galle Gladiators may handle, to go down by 53 runs within the summit conflict.
The match was all however executed and dusted two overs into the chase as Galle Gladiators crumbled to an abysmal 7 for 3. Hazratullah Zazai perished third ball to Dhananjaya de Silva. He tried to smash the sluggish bowler over long-on, however solely managed to hit one straight up within the air.
There was larger catastrophe in retailer for the chasing staff. Their star performer Danushka Gunathilaka was run out in essentially the most weird trend. Whereas going for a hesitant run, the batsman collided with the bowler Suranga Lakmal and misplaced all momentum.
Jaffna Stallions skipper Perera picked up the ball at mid-on and ran out Gunathilaka simply. The attraction wasn’t withdrawn on sportsmanship grounds, and LPL 2020’s main run-scorer was again within the hut for 1 within the all-important remaining.
As if issues couldn’t worsen, Ahsan Ali edged a back-of-the-length supply from Lakmal behind the stumps for six. Galle Gladiators may by no means get better from the horror begin as Jaffna Stallions saved the strain on.
Skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa led a counter-attack, and smashed 4 sixes within the area of six balls, unfold over two overs. Nevertheless, it was too good to final as he perished for 40 from 17. Rajapaksa charged at Malik, solely to toe finish one to brief third man.
Like his skipper, Azam Khan additionally hit 4 sixes in his innings, however his knock too was minimize brief. Making an attempt to tackle Duanne Olivier, he heaved a slower off-cutter on the leg-side, and was caught for 36 off 17. The wickets saved falling, however Galle Gladiators had given up lengthy earlier than, and Jaffna Stallions just about sailed to victory ultimately.
Malik added two wickets to his 46 whereas Usman Shinwari additionally helped himself to a few scalps.
Jaffna Stallions put up dominant batting present within the remaining
Though no Jaffna Stallions participant scored a half-century within the LPL 2020 remaining, there have been vital contributions from batsmen within the prime and center order that aided their trigger. This was after Jaffna Stallions had received the toss and determined to bat first.
Johnson Charles, who hit type within the semi-final, hammered Mohammad Amir for 2 fours within the opening over. He took 14 off the second over from Nuwan Thushara as nicely, punching him by way of cowl and mid-on for fours after which flicking him over superb leg for an additional boundary.
Charles’ harmful innings ended on 26 from 15 courtesy an excellent diving catch by Gunathilaka. The opener mistimed a slower ball from Dhananjaya Lakshan, and Gunathilaka pounced to his left to finish an excellent take at long-on.
Galle Gladiators skipper Rajapaksa dropped in-form Jaffna Stallions opener Avishka Fernando on 15. It wasn’t to show expensive although as Fernando perished for 27, top-edging a slog sweep off Sahan Arachchige.
Bringing his expertise into play, Malik (46) performed anchor to perfection whereas Dhanajaya de Silva (33 from 20) went berserk on the different finish. The spotlight of de Silva’s innings was hitting two sixes and a 4 off successive balls in Lakshan Sandakan’s final over, twice giving the bowler the cost.
Skipper Perera got here to the social gathering, hammering 5 fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 39 off 14 balls. His first six got here by way of a Dhananjaya Lakshan sluggish ball that was muscled over long-off. The twentieth over started with Perera lofting a size ball from Nuwan Thushara over long-on for max as Jaffna Stallions completed on a excessive.
Ultimately, the batting facet had means too many runs to play with. It was becoming in a means that Jaffna Stallions received. With three wins from 9 video games, Galle Gladiators undoubtedly wouldn’t have been worthy champions.
LPL 2020 Captains’ nook
Jaffna Stallions captain Thisara Perera:
“My boys did rather well. If we put rating on the board, at all times we will keep the strain. That is why we received the toss and elected to bat first. We’re gelling as a household. We at all times experiment so (dropping) was not a fear. We acquired our full energy within the semi-finals and at present additionally.”
Galle Gladiators captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa:
“It is unhappy to lose the ultimate however credit score goes to the Stallions for the way in which they carried out all through the season. We had a foul day and Stallions performed good cricket to win the trophy. We wanted to concede about 20-25 much less runs within the discipline.”
LPL 2020 Remaining – Jaffna Stallions vs Galle Gladiators: Who was the Man of the Match and the Man of the Collection?
Jaffna Stallions’ skipper Perera hammered a scintillating 39 not out from 14 whereas Dhananjaya de Silva contributed 33 from 20 other than selecting the scalp of Hazratullah Zazai within the first over.
For his stellar all-round present although, Malik was named man of the match. He held one find yourself, and allowed the stroke-makers to throw their bat round. With the ball, he acquired the huge scalp of Rajapaksa, who was wanting extraordinarily harmful.
There have been two chief contenders for the person of the sequence. Gunathilaka was the main run-scorer with 476 at a strike price of 144.68.
When it got here to match-winning affect although, Jaffna Stallions’ Wanindu Hasaranga had the sting. He completed the match with 17 wickets at a strike price of 13 and an economic system price of 5.18. The numbers are proof of the leg-spinner’s dominance over the batsmen. He was fittingly named the participant of the match.
Printed 17 Dec 2020, 00:30 IST