Kandy Warriors recorded a 5-wicket win over Galle Gladiators in the 10th match of Lanka Premier League held today (11th) at R. Premadasa Stadium.
Galle Gladiators’ skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa won the toss and decided to bat first. Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka opened the innings for Gladiators but they couldn’t get off to a good start as the latter was bowled by left-arm seamer Shiraz Ahmed for just 5 runs in the 2nd over.
In the very next over, Samarawickrama was dismissed for no run in his first game of the tournament. Gladiators continued to lose wickets at regular intervals but Mendis held one end playing an anchor role scoring 44 runs off 34 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
Samit Patel coming to bat at 6, also chipped in with valuable 36 runs as Gladiators put on 127 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Ramesh Mendis was the pick of the bowlers for the Warriors as he snared 3 wickets for 25 runs.
Chasing 128 to win, the Warriors also struggled at the top losing the first 4 wickets for 56 runs inside the first 10 overs. However, experienced English batters Ravi Bopara (34*) and Tom Moores (28) held their nerves to guide the Warriors for their first win in the tournament.
|Kusal Mendis||c Kamindu Mendis b Nimesh Vimukthi||44||34||3||1||129.41|
|Danushka Gunathilaka||b Shiraz Ahmed||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||b Nimesh Vimukthi||0||6||0||0||0.00|
|Ben Dunk||c Nimesh Vimukthi b Kamindu Mendis||12||14||2||0||85.71|
|Bhanuka Rajapakse||lbw b Kamindu Mendis||3||7||0||0||42.86|
|Samit Patel||not out||36||32||1||1||112.50|
|Dhananjaya Lakshan||c & b Kamindu Mendis||14||15||2||0||93.33|
|Lahiru Madushanka||b Shiraz Ahmed||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Noor Ahmed||not out||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Extras||8 (b 1 , lb 2 , nb 1, w 4, pen 0)|
|Total||127/7 (20 Overs, RR: 6.35)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-17 (1.3) Danushka Gunathilaka, 2-18 (2.4) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 3-44 (6.2) Ben Dunk, 4-60 (8.6) Bhanuka Rajapakse, 5-75 (12.3) Kusal Mendis, 6-95 (16.4) Dhananjaya Lakshan, 7-104 (17.5) Lahiru Madushanka,|
|Charith Asalanka||c Ben Dunk b Dhananjaya Lakshan||21||19||2||0||110.53|
|Tillakaratne Sampath||lbw b Mohammad Amir||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Angelo Perera||b Nuwan Thushara||12||10||1||1||120.00|
|Kamindu Mendis||c & b||7||15||0||0||46.67|
|Sachindu Colombage||not out||34||39||1||0||87.18|
|Nishan Madushka Fernando||st b||28||21||0||0||133.33|
|Minod Bhanuka||not out||8||7||0||0||114.29|
|Extras||21 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 18, pen 0)|
|Total||131/5 (18.4 Overs, RR: 7.02)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-5 (0.6) Tillakaratne Sampath, 2-33 (4.3) Charith Asalanka, 3-40 (5.4) Angelo Perera,|