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Stallions beat Gladiators to stay unbeaten in LPL

Avishka Fernando (Jaffna) plays a shot
Avishka Fernando (Jaffna) plays a shot

Jaffna Stallions cruised to their fourth successive victory as they defeated the Galle Gladiators by five wickets in their Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 Cricket Tournament second-round fixture played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota yesterday.

After restricting their opponents to 170 for six, the Stallions raced to their target with five wickets and two deliveries to spare.

Dashing opener Avishka Fernando led their run chase with an attacking 84 from 59 balls inclusive of five sixes and seven boundaries.

He also put on 99 runs for the second wicket along with Minod Bhanuka, who struck 40 in 26 balls with the help of one six and four boundaries.

Earlier, the Galle Gladiators produced probably their best batting performance to reach a challenging 170 for six having elected to bat first.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka led the way once again with another half century from 44 deliveries inclusive of seven boundaries.

Together with his partner, Ashan Ali they ensured that the Gladiators would make a solid start to their campaign while putting on 67 runs in 8.3 overs.

In fact, the Gladiators completed their batting powerplay without losing a wicket scoring 50 for no loss while setting the platform for a big total.

The Gladiators then collected their 100 runs in 11.2 overs with middle order batsman, Azam, Khan hoisting two sixes and stroking a couple of boundaries during his 14-ball 25.

However, the Stallions came back into the game in the middle of the innings and put a break to the high scoring-rate with Wanindu Hasaranga dismissing both openers.

The Gladiators then collected their 150 runs in 16.4 overs thanks to a 14-ball 31 from Chadwick Walton who struck one boundary and hoisted three sixes.

All-rounder, Dhananjaya Lakshan struck two crucial boundaries during the latter stages as the Gladiators eventually settled with 170 for six from their 20 overs.

Chief scores:

Galle Gladiators: 170/6 in 20 overs (Danushka Gunathilaka 56, Ahsan Ali 29, Azam Khan 25, Chadwick Walton 31, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/29)

Jaffna Stallions: 174/5 in 19.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 84, Minod Bhanuka 40, Asitha Fernando 2/30).