LPL 2021 Final: Jaffna Kings are the LPL Champions
It was a hard fought final from both sides, on the night though a combination of Avishka Fernando and Tom Kohler-Cadmore was enough to see Jaffna Kings to a 23 run victory.
Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Kings, Final, Lanka Premier League
Galle Gladiators 178/9 (20 ov)
Jaffna Kings 201/3 (20 ov)
Result - Jaffna Kings won by 23 runs.
Jaffna Kings won the toss and elected to bat, their openers keeping up recent form, Avishka Fernando (63) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (35) putting them in a good position.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (57*) then piled on later in the innings to put Jaffna Kings well and truly on top. Jaffna Kings went in 201/3, leaving Galle Gladiators batsmen a huge task on their hands.
Galle Gladiators started strong though, openers Kusal Mendis (39) scoring some runs, and Danushka Gunathilaka (54) smashing a quickfire half century to get things going.
The Gladiators made it a final to remember, but it wasn't quite enough, as Jaffna Kings won by 23 runs, becoming LPL Champions.
Jaffna Kings Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz - 5.2 ov), 2-119 (Avishka Fernando - 12.4 ov), 3-181 (Shoaib Malik - 18.2 ov)
Galle Gladiators Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Danushka Gunathilaka - 4.2 ov), 2-63 (Ben Dunk - 4.3 ov), 3-84 (Mohammad Hafeez - 6.2 ov), 4-113 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa - 10.4 ov), 5-129 (Kusal Mendis - 13.1 ov), 6-133 (Dhananjaya Lakshan - 13.6 ov), 7-143 (Pulina Tharanga - 15.5 ov), 8-158 (Samit Patel - 17.6 ov), 9-168 (Isuru Udana - 18.5 ov)
GALLE GLADIATORS - Ben Dunk (WK), Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Hafeez, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (C), Danushka Gunathilaka, Samit Patel, Pulina Tharanga, Mohammad Amir, Nuwan Thushara, Isuru Udana, Dhananjaya Lakshan
JAFFNA KINGS - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Ashan Randika, Wanindu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera (C), Chaturanga de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Suranga Lakmal, Jayden Seales
Date: 23rd December, 14:00 PM
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
Toss: Jaffna Kings won the toss & elected to bat
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