Final Match of the Lanka Premier League 2020 played between Stallions and Gladiators. Jaffna Stallions won the final game and became champions of the league.
Jaffna Stallions vs Galle Gladiators Match Highlights
Batting first Jaffna posted a mammoth total of 186 for 6, thanks to a match-winning partnership of Malik and de Silva, both made a huge impact while batting in the first innings. At a time Jaffna were 76 for, from that moment Malik (46) and de Silva (33) put a good partnership and well supported by the blistering knock of the captain Thisara Perera 39 unbeaten.
In reply, Galle lost their three quick wickets, from there on they were unable to make a comeback in the game. They kept loosing wickets at regular intervals, only Rajapaksa with 40 and Azam Khan’s 36 presented some glimpses of the hopes for the team’s victory. Apart from them, Galle batsmen were unable to play shots at their will!
Malik picked up 2 wickets, Shinwari also took 2 important wickets in the game.
Player of the Match – Shoaib Malik
“I really enjoyed the tournament. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you are not, you got to back yourself.”
Player of the Tournament – Wanindu Hasaranga
“I am very happy to play this tournament, thanks to Sri Lanka Cricket. To play in the inaugural Lanka Premier League is a great honour and to win it is a greater honour. I learnt a lot playing along with the senior players. I made sure I did the right things by listening to them.”
“Having the likes of coach Kandamby, captain Thisara Perera, Shoaib Malik and Johnson Charles was a great honour. Most of the times they were right and that helped me a lot.”
Jaffna Stallions 186-6 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 46, Thisara Perera 39*, Dhananjaya de Silva 33; Dhananjaya Lakshan 36-3)
Galle Gladiators 135-9 in 20 overs (Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c) 40, Azam Khan 36; Shoaib Malik 13-2, Usman Shinwari 20-2)
Result: Jaffna Stallions won by 53 runs, became the champions of the first Lanka Premier League.
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