Jaffna Kings beat Dambulla Aura by 9 wickets in the 3rd match of Lanka Premier League 2022 played today (07th December) at Sooriyawewa International Cricket Stadium.
Dambulla Aura skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat first. The opening pair of Dambulla Aura Jordan Cox and Shevon Daniel provided an excellent start for their team adding 63 runs off 46 balls for the first wicket.
However, things went downhill for the Dambulla team once their openers were dismissed as Jaffna spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Vijayakanth Viyaskanth ripped through the opposition batting lineup picking up 3 wickets each.
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Dambulla Aura as a batting unit faltered and couldn’t gather any momentum crawling their way to just 121 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Avishka Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrama opened the batting for Jaffna Kings and gave the team an excellent start putting a century-stand for the first wicket which set the tone for a comprehensive win for Kings.
Samarawickrama made a classy knock scoring an unbeaten 62 runs off 44 balls with 7 fours and a six while Fernando who returned to competitive cricket after an injury layoff, found his rhythm back scoring 51 runs off 49 balls with 4 fours and a six. With this win, Jaffna Kings continued their winning streak as they now have won 2 out of 2 games played so far.
Dambulla Aura – 121/9 (20) Jordan Cox 43, Maheesh Theekshana 3/20, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth 3/24, James Fuller 2/16
Jaffna Kings – 122/1 (15.4) Sadeera Samarawickrama 62*, Avishka Fernando 51
Result – Jaffna Kings won by 9 wickets
|Jordan Cox||c Thisara Perera b Vijayakanth Viyaskanth||43||22||3||4||195.45|
|Shevon Daniel||c James Fuller b Zaman Khan||19||26||1||1||73.08|
|Bhanuka Rajapaksha||c James Fuller b Vijayakanth Viyaskanth||18||17||2||0||105.88|
|Sikandar Raza||c Dunith wellalage b James Fuller||5||14||0||0||35.71|
|Dasun Shanaka||c Dunith wellalage b Mahesh Theekshana||6||4||1||0||150.00|
|Ramesh Mendis||c & b||10||14||0||0||71.43|
|Chathuranga de Silva||c Dhananjaya de Silva b Mahesh Theekshana||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Lahiru Madushanka||c Zaman Khan b Mahesh Theekshana||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|Noor Ahmad||c Shoaib Malik b Vijayakanth Viyaskanth||2||5||0||0||40.00|
|Paul van Meekeren||not out||11||11||2||0||100.00|
|Lahiru Kumara||not out||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Extras||4 (b 1 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)|
|Total||121/9 (20 Overs, RR: 6.05)|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2||0||22||0||11.00|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||not out||62||44||7||1||140.91|
|Avishka Fernando||st Jordan Cox b Noor Ahmad||51||49||4||1||104.08|
|Ashan Randika||not out||4||1||1||0||400.00|
|Extras||5 (b 1 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 4, pen 0)|
|Total||122/1 (15.4 Overs, RR: 7.79)|
|Paul van Meekeren||2||0||19||0||9.50|
|Chathuranga de Silva||4||0||23||0||5.75|