Dambulla Giants recorded a thrilling 1-run win over Colombo Stars in the 11th match of Lanka Premier League held today at R. Premadasa Stadium.
Dambulla Giants skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat first. Giants made one change for their playing XI bringing in Sachitha Jayathilake for Dilshan Munaweera.
On the other hand, Colombo Stars have made two changes bringing in Ravi Rampaul and Jeffrey Vandersay replacing Keemo Paul and Thikshila De Silva.
Dambulla Giants (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Philip Salt, Sohaib Maqsood, Najibullah Zadran, Sachitha Jayathilake, Dasun Shanaka(c), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Tharindu Ratnayake, Nuwan Pradeep, Imran Tahir
Colombo Stars (Playing XI): Kusal Perera(w), Tom Banton, Sherfane Rutherford, Ashan Priyanjan, Dhananjaya de Silva(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Rampaul, Jeffrey Vandersay
Opening the batting, Dickwella and Salt once again got off to a flying start adding 48 runs off 30 balls before leg spinner Seekkuge Prasanna broke the partnership sending both the openers back to the hut in a space of five balls in the sixth over.
Shoaib Maqsood and Tharindu Rathnayake who got a promotion up the batting order built a decent 35-run partnership for the third wicket but the leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who was playing his first game of the tournament strike twice in two consecutive balls to dismiss both the batters putting Giants in trouble at 88 for 4 after 12 overs.
There was no rhythm into the latter part of the Giants innings as well as they stalled in the last few overs and were restricted to 138 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 139 to win, Stars lost their opening batters Tom Banton and Kusal Perera inside the first 4 overs for just 17 runs. Giants’ spinners continued to put pressure on Stars’ batting lineup as they were struggling at the middle except for Chandimal who held one end playing an anchor role for Stars.
Chandimal played a blinder of an innings scoring an unbeaten 65 runs off 40 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes but the Giants held their nerves at the end to snatch a 1-run thrilling win.
|Niroshan Dickwella||c Kusal Perera b Seekkuge Prasanna||30||15||6||0||200.00|
|Phil Salt||c Kusal Perera b Seekkuge Prasanna||21||18||4||0||116.67|
|Sohaib Maqsood||lbw b Jeffrey Vandersay||24||22||4||0||109.09|
|Tharindu Rathnayake||c Ashan Priyanjan b Jeffrey Vandersay||5||15||0||0||33.33|
|Najibullah Zadran||lbw b Jeffrey Vandersay||11||15||1||0||73.33|
|Dasun Shanaka||c Jeffrey Vandersay b Ravi Rampaul||16||15||2||0||106.67|
|Ramesh Mendis||c Dhananjaya de Silva b Ravi Rampaul||8||7||0||0||114.29|
|Chamika Karunaratne||lbw b Ravi Rampaul||12||10||0||1||120.00|
|Sachitha Jayathilake||run out (Dinesh Chandimal)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Nuwan Pradeep||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||10 (b 4 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)|
|Total||138/9 (20 Overs, RR: 6.9)|
|Did not bat||Imran Tahir,|
|Fall of Wickets||1-48 (5.1) Niroshan Dickwella, 2-53 (5.5) Phil Salt, 3-88 (11.4) Tharindu Rathnayake, 4-88 (11.5) Sohaib Maqsood, 5-109 (15.2) Najibullah Zadran, 6-120 (17.4) Dasun Shanaka, 7-134 (19.1) Ramesh Mendis, 8-136 (19.4) Sachitha Jayathilake, 9-138 (19.6) Chamika Karunaratne,|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2||0||13||0||6.50|
|Naveen Ul Haq||3||0||15||0||5.00|
|Kusal Perera||b Tharindu Rathnayake||5||7||1||0||71.43|
|Tom Banton||lbw b Imran Tahir||8||11||1||0||72.73|
|Ashan Priyanjan||lbw b Imran Tahir||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c Chamika Karunaratne b Tharindu Rathnayake||33||30||3||1||110.00|
|Sherfane Rutherford||c Niroshan Dickwella b Tharindu Rathnayake||4||8||1||0||50.00|
|Dinesh Chandimal||not out||65||40||4||3||162.50|
|Jeffrey Vandersay||c Imran Tahir b Ramesh Mendis||7||11||0||0||63.64|
|Seekkuge Prasanna||c Phil Salt b Nuwan Pradeep||7||7||1||0||100.00|
|Dushmantha Chameera||c & b Chamika Karunaratne||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Naveen Ul Haq||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||5 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)|
|Total||137/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.85)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-14 (2.2) Tom Banton, 2-17 (3.2) Kusal Perera, 3-32 (5.6) Ashan Priyanjan, 4-38 (7.5) Sherfane Rutherford, 5-70 (12.1) Dhananjaya de Silva, 6-86 (15.5) Jeffrey Vandersay,|