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Dickwella and bowlers shine as Colombo Stars bounce back with a solid win

Lanka Premier League 2022

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Dickwella and bowlers shine as Colombo Stars

Colombo Stars beat Dambulla Aura by 9 runs in the 5th match of Lanka Premier League 2022 played today (08th December) at Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium.

Having won the toss, Colombo Stars’ skipper Angelo Mathews opted to bat first making 4 changes to their playing XI from the previous game. They brought in Navod Paranavithana, Karim Janat, Jeffrey Vandersay and Naveen-ul-Haq replacing Benny Howell, Seekkuge Prasanna, Keemo Paul and Muditha Lakshan.

Meanwhile, Dambulla Aura made 2 changes to their playing XI bringing in Tom Abell and Tharindu Ratnayake to replace Ramesh Mendis and Paul van Meekeren.

Dambulla Aura (Playing XI): Jordan Cox(w), Shevon Daniel, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka(c), Lahiru Madushanka, Chaturanga de Silva, Tom Abell, Tharindu Ratnayake, Noor Ahmad, Lahiru Kumara

Colombo Stars (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Angelo Mathews(c), Charith Asalanka, Ravi Bopara, Dinesh Chandimal, Navod Paranavithana, Karim Janat, Dominic Drakes, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Naveen-ul-Haq

Colombo Stars had a terrible start with the bat as their top order was jolted by the pace of Lahiru Kumara who picked up three early wickets to reduce the Colombo Stars batting unit to 26/3 in the first 3 overs.

However, experienced batters Bopara and Dickwella steadied the ship for Dambulla Aura building a 54-run partnership for the 4th wicket. Dickwella took the attack to the opposition and went on to score a valuable half-century.

Chandimal’s crucial 29-run knock and a few lusty blows from Dominic Drakes down the order helped Colombo Stars posted a competitive total of 165/9 in the allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 166 runs to win, Dambulla Aura started on the fast lanes thanks to their opening pair Daniel and Cox who added 53 runs off 29 balls for the first wicket. However, after such an impressive start, they slowed down considerably as wickets continued to lose at regular intervals.

The skipper Shanaka (31*) and Abell (33) played pretty cameos at the later stage of the innings but Colombo bowlers held their nerves to pull off a solid win at the end. Colombo Stars who failed as a bowling unit in the first game against Kandy Falcons, came back strongly sticking to their game plans much better this time around.

Colombo seamers led by veteran Lakmal used the ploy of the shot ball to greater effect which helped them defend this target. Though Dambulla had a lot of power in their batting lineup, they only looked good in patches which means they will need all the jigsaw pieces to come together to win their next game having been beaten in both the games played so far.

Brief Scores

Colombo Stars– 165/9 (20) Niroshan Dickwella 62, Dinesh Chandimal 29*, Ravi Bopara 26, Lahiru Kumara 4/36

Dambulla Aura – 156/7 (20) Tom Abell 33, Dasun Shanaka 31*, Jordan Cox 29, Shevon Daniel 28, Suranga Lakmal 2/29, Karim Janat 2/30, Dominic Drakes 2/35

Result – Colombo Stars won by 9 runs

Result


Dambulla Aura
156/7 (20)

Colombo Stars
165/8 (20)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Niroshan Dickwella c Lahiru Madushanka b Tharindu Rathnayake 62 41 8 2 151.22
Angelo Mathews c Sikandar Raza b Lahiru Kumara 4 3 1 0 133.33
Nawod Paranavithana lbw b Lahiru Kumara 0 1 0 0 0.00
Charith Asalanka c Chathuranga de Silva b Lahiru Kumara 6 6 0 1 100.00
Ravi Bopara run out (Jordan Cox) 26 25 2 1 104.00
Dinesh Chandimal not out 29 23 2 1 126.09
Karim Sadiq b Sikandar Raza 2 4 0 0 50.00
Dominic Drakes c Jordan Cox b Lahiru Kumara 18 12 2 1 150.00
Suranga Lakmal c Chathuranga de Silva b Lahiru Madushanka 6 3 0 1 200.00
Jeffrey Vandersay not out 5 2 1 0 250.00


Extras 7 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 6, pen 0)
Total 165/8 (20 Overs, RR: 8.25)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lahiru Kumara 4 0 36 4 9.00
Sikandar Raza 4 0 31 1 7.75
Tharindu Rathnayake 3 0 20 1 6.67
Lahiru Madushanka 2 0 17 1 8.50
Dasun Shanaka 2 0 20 0 10.00
Noor Ahmad  3 0 23 0 7.67
Chathuranga de Silva 2 0 17 0 8.50


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Shevon Daniel c Karim Janat b Dominic Drakes 28 27 4 0 103.70
Jordan Cox c Dominic Drakes b Suranga Lakmal 29 15 6 0 193.33
Bhanuka Rajapaksha c Nawod Paranavithana b Karim Janat 17 14 2 0 121.43
Tom Abell c Jeffrey Vandersay b Suranga Lakmal 33 22 5 0 150.00
Dasun Shanaka not out 31 20 2 2 155.00
Sikandar Raza c Niroshan Dickwella b Karim Janat 0 3 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Madushanka c Niroshan Dickwella b Naveen Ul Haq 4 4 0 0 100.00
Chathuranga de Silva b Dominic Drakes 4 5 0 0 80.00
Tharindu Rathnayake not out 8 10 1 0 80.00


Extras 2 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 1, pen 0)
Total 156/7 (20 Overs, RR: 7.8)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Angelo Mathews 1 0 10 0 10.00
Suranga Lakmal 4 0 29 2 7.25
Dominic Drakes 4 0 35 2 8.75
Naveen Ul Haq 4 0 22 1 5.50
Charith Asalanka 1 0 3 0 3.00
Jeffrey Vandersay 2 0 19 0 9.50
Ravi Bopara 1 0 7 0 7.00
Karim Janat 3 0 30 2 10.00