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LPL 2021 Qualifier 2: Jaffna Kings' Avishka Fernando and Jayden Seales too hot for Dambulla Giants

Jayden Seales (Jaffna Kings) signals - That's OUT
©Jayden Seales (Jaffna Kings) signals - That's OUT
 
Avishka Fernando scores a century for Jaffna Kings
Avishka Fernando scored a century for Jaffna Kings
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Jaffna Kings celebrate
Jaffna Kings celebrate
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Avishka Fernando 100 (64) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz 70 (40) set the stage for Jaffna Kings to win this LPL 2021 Qualifier 2 match against Dambulla Giants by  23 runs and reach the Final, to be played against Galle Gladiators.

Match Summary

Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings, Qualifier 2, Lanka Premier League

Dambulla Giants 187/9 (20 ov)

Jaffna Kings 210/4 (20 ov)

Result - Jaffna Kings won by 23 runs

Scorecard

Dambulla Giants won the toss and put Jaffna Kings in to bat. It may have been the wrong decision, Avishka Fernando (100) smashing a century with opening partner Rahmanullah Gurbaz (70) who also added a half century. The nightmare was eventually over for Dambulla, as Jaffna went in on 210/4.

If it seemed like an impossible task things only got worse for Dambulla, as Maheesh Theekshana (2/23) and Jayden Seales (3/24) were on fine form. Nobody really got going for Dambulla, opener Philip Salt (22) adding some runs.

Chamika Karunaratne (75*) made a stand later on for Dambulla, but it wasn't quite enough, as Jaffna Kings won by 23 runs - Jayden Seales 3-24 was the star with the ball.


Match Stats

Jaffna Kings Fall of wickets: 1-122 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz - 13.2 ov), 2-159 (Tom Kohler-Cadmore - 16.3 ov), 3-200 (Avishka Fernando - 19.2 ov), 4-210 (Shoaib Malik - 19.6 ov)

Dambulla Giants Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Philip Salt - 3.3 ov), 2-42 (Niroshan Dickwella - 4.3 ov), 3-44 (Janith Liyanage - 4.6 ov), 4-75 (Sandun Weerakkody - 7.2 ov), 5-79 (Ramesh Mendis - 7.6 ov), 6-85 (Najibullah Zadran - 10.1 ov), 7-96 (Lahiru Samarakoon - 11.3 ov), 8-129 (Marchant de Lange - 15.4 ov), 9-169 (Imran Tahir - 18.5 ov)


Playing XI

DAMBULLA GIANTS - Niroshan Dickwella (WK/C), Philip Salt, Sandun Weerakkody, Janith Liyanage, Najibullah Zadran, Lahiru Samarakoon, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir, Nuwan Pradeep

JAFFNA KINGS - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ashan Randika, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Jayden Seales, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana

Match Details

Date: 2021-12-21 14:00 PM

Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Toss: Dambulla Giants won the toss & elected to field

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