LPL 2022/23 - Match 1 - Jaffna Kings vs Galle Gladiators

Galle Gladiators won the toss and elected to field first. Jaffna Kings lost their first 2 wickets early for just 11 runs in 3.2 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva joined hands with Kohler-Cadmore and revived the score with 27 runs partnership. The prospect of a good partnership was broken by Nuwan Thusara by picking the wicket of Kohler- Cadmore. With good bowling efforts, Galle Gladiators restricted Jaffna Kings to 137/10 in 19.5 overs.

Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Nuwan Thusara, Nuwan Pradeep and Ifthikar Ahmad picked up 2 wickets each. Dunith Wellalage and Shoaib Malik scored 30 runs each and Dhananjaya de Silva scored 29 runs.

Galle Gladiators in reply had a wonderful start of 58 runs partnership between Kusal Mendis and Nuwanidu Fernando. But let down by the middle-order and tail-enders failures. Kusal Mendis completed his 5th 50 in LPL today but none others tried to score big with 2 of the 11 being made run out. Galle Gladiators lost 6 wickets in the last 5 overs and got all out for 113 runs with Binura Fernando picking 3 wickets, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth picking 2 wickets and Maheesh Theekshana, James Fuller and Dunith Wellalage picked 1 wicket each. Jaffna Kings won the match by 24 runs. Dunith Wellalage has been awarded player of the match for his all-round performance of 30 runs in 20 balls and bowling at an economy of 4.66 and picking up 1 wicket.

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