Kandy Falcons beat Colombo Stars by 109 runs in the 2nd match of the Lanka Premier League 2022, played yesterday (06th December) at Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium.
Colombo Stars Skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bowl first in order to get the maximum use of cloudy conditions at Hambantota.
Colombo Stars (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Angelo Mathews(c), Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Ravi Bopara, Muditha Lakshan, Benny Howell, Keemo Paul, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dominic Drakes, Suranga Lakmal
Kandy Falcons (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Andre Fletcher(w), Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga(c), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Isuru Udana, Ashian Daniel, Zahoor Khan
Nissanka and Fletcher opened the batting for Colombo and the duo got the team off to a flying start, putting on a record-breaking partnership for the 1st wicket. Nissanka and Fletcher added 156 runs off 94 balls for the 1st wicket, which goes to the record books as the highest partnership for any wicket in the tournament’s history.
Fletcher managed to score the first century of this year’s LPL, bringing up a blistering ton. He stroked an unbeaten 102 runs off 67 balls with 11 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 152.24. Nissanka also launched a blistering assault on the Colombo Stars’ bowlers notching up 71 runs off 41 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 173.17.
Chasing a mammoth target of 200 runs to win, the Colombo Stars got off to a poor start, losing their 3 top order wickets for just 11 runs in 2.5 overs. The experienced batters Mathews and Chandimal tried to rescue the innings by showing some resistance, but Hasaranga wove a spinning web around Colombo Stars’ middle order, taking a hat-trick of wickets – the first ever in LPL history.
Hasaranga’s hat-trick ended the game then, and it was only a matter of time for the formalities to be completed as the Kandy Falcons registered a massive 109-run win in their first game of the tournament.
Kandy Falcons – 199/1 (20) Andre Fletcher 102*, Pathum Nissanka 71, Carlos Brathwaite 20*
Colombo Stars 90 (14.3) Angelo Mathews 26, Keemo Paul 22, Wanindu Hasaranga 4/14, Fabian Allen 2/01
Result – Kandy Falcons won by 109 runs
|Pathum Nissanka||c Niroshan Dickwella b Seekkuge Prasanna||71||41||8||2||173.17|
|Andre Fletcher||not out||102||67||11||3||152.24|
|Carlos Brathwaite||not out||20||13||2||0||153.85|
|Extras||6 (b 0 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)|
|Total||199/1 (20 Overs, RR: 9.95)|
|Niroshan Dickwella||run out (Wanidu Hasaranga)||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Angelo Mathews||c Fabian Allen b Wanidu Hasaranga||26||23||2||0||113.04|
|Charith Asalanka||c Andre Fletcher b Carlos Brathwaite||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Ravi Bopara||c Wanidu Hasaranga b Zahoor Khan||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Dinesh Chandimal||b Wanidu Hasaranga||9||9||1||0||100.00|
|Benny Howell||lbw b Wanidu Hasaranga||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Seekkuge Prasanna||lbw b Wanidu Hasaranga||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Dominic Drakes||c Pathum Nissanka b Fabian Allen||18||22||2||0||81.82|
|Keemo Paul||b Ashian Daniel||22||15||1||2||146.67|
|Muditha Lakshan||not out||6||3||1||0||200.00|
|Suranga Lakmal||lbw b Fabian Allen||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||1 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||90/10 (14.3 Overs, RR: 6.21)|