David Wiese struck 22 off 16, to help the Colombo Stars to a nervy 4-wicket win over the Galle Gladiators in Match 3 of the Lanka Premier League.
When Wiese came in to bat, the Stars were in a spot of bother at 72/5 needing 45 off 8 overs. He took a few deliveries to get going, but took on the leg-spin of Pulina Tharanga in the 15th over of the chase, smashing 2 sixes and the equation from 37 off 36 to 21 off 30.
From that point it was pretty straightforward for the Stars, even though Wiese was dismissed by Tharanga in the next over. Dinesh Chandimal stuck around till the end and hit 2 boundaries off Nuwan Thushara to finish things.
Earlier in the day, Dhananjaya De Silva, stepping in as captain for the injured Angelo Mathews, started off with 2 maidens on one end, opening the bowling for the stars. Add to it, he got the prized wicket of Danushka Gunathilake in that spell, ensuring that the Gladiators did not get off to a quick start.
On the other end, Chameera picked up Kusal Mendis, reducing the Gladiators to 2/6. He could have had 2 in that over, as he hit Mohammed Hafeez right in front of the stumps, but the Stars didn’t review the umpire’s not out call.
It didn’t matter too much as Hafeez was dismissed not too long after by David Wiese with his 1st delivery in the LPL.
Ben Dunk tried to get going in the middle overs but didn’t get much support, before Isuru Udana clattered 2 sixes late in the innings to take the Gladiators up to 116/8 at the end of their 20 overs.
Galle Gladiators 116/8 (20) – Ben Dunk 38(25), Isuru Udana 25* (17), Dhananjaya de Silva 2/18, Akila Dananjaya 2/19
Colombo stars 117/6 (17.3) – Dinesh Chandimal 26 (27), Dhananjaya de Silva 24 (28), Nuwan Thushara 2/26, Pulina Tharanga 2/31
Colombo Stars won by 4 wickets
|Danushka Gunathilaka||st Kusal Perera b Dhananjaya De Silva||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Kusal Mendis||c Dhananjaya De Silva b Dushmantha Chameera||4||4||1||0||100.00|
|Mohammad Hafeez||c Tom Banton b David Wiese||8||12||0||0||66.67|
|Ben Dunk||lbw b||38||25||4||1||152.00|
|Samit Patel||c & b||14||16||1||0||87.50|
|Bhanuka Rajapakse||c & b||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Lahiru Madushanka||c & b||3||11||0||0||27.27|
|Pulina Tharanga||c & b||5||5||0||0||100.00|
|Isuru Udana||not out||25||17||0||2||147.06|
|Noor Ahmad||not out||11||14||1||0||78.57|
|Extras||5 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 0, w 2, pen 0)|
|Total||116/8 (20 Overs, RR: 5.8)|
|Dhananjaya De Silva||4||2||18||2||4.50|
|Naveen Ul Haq||3||0||18||0||6.00|
|Pathum Nissanka||c Noor Ahmad b Nuwan Thushara||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Tom Banton||c Danushka Gunathilaka b Mohammad Hafeez||10||8||2||0||125.00|
|Kusal Perera||c Bhanuka Rajapakse b Nuwan Thushara||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|Dhananjaya De Silva||lbw b Pulina Tharanga||24||28||2||0||85.71|
|Sherfane Rutherford||c Danushka Gunathilaka b Noor Ahmad||10||13||2||0||76.92|
|Dinesh Chandimal||not out||26||27||2||0||96.30|
|David Wiese||c Noor Ahmad b Pulina Tharanga||22||16||0||2||137.50|
|Seekkuge Prasanna||not out||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Extras||14 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 10, pen 0)|
|Total||117/6 (17.3 Overs, RR: 6.69)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-13 (1.3) Pathum Nissanka, 2-23 (2.5) Tom Banton, 3-25 (3.2) Kusal Perera, 4-45 (5.6) Sherfane Rutherford, 5-72 (12.1) Dhananjaya De Silva, 6-103 (16.1) David Wiese,|