Colombo Stars made Galle Gladiators to see stars in a 4-wicket dismantling in the third match of the Lanka Premier League 2021 in tonight’s fixture on the second day of the Sri Lanka Cricket organised T20 showpiece tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium.
The architect of downsizing the winners of yesterday’s opening game versus Jaffna Stallions, was Dhananjaya de Silva who produced an all-round performance of 2 for 18 and scored a deceive 24 off 28 balls.
Galle Gladiators big guns came apart against Colombo’s three-pronged pace-spin attack of Dushmantha Chameera 2 for 21, Dhananjaya de Silva 2 for 18 and Akila Dananjaya 2 for 19 that left them reeling on 45 for 4 wickets after the power play 6 overs. It took an unfinished ninth-wicket partnership of 39 between Isuru Udana 25 off 17 laced with two over the top and Noor Ahamad, who made 11 to lift the side to 116 for 8 from the doldrums of 77 for 8 after 15.3. overs. Upfront Ben Dunk top scored for the Gladiators with 38 off 25 hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes.
But it wouldn’t stop the Colombo Stars from hitting the winning board. Colombo Stars settled the issue reaching 117 for 6 off 17.3 overs with David Wiese, the South African born Namibia player 22 off 16 smacking two sixes and Dinesh Chandimal coming out of a recent lean run with an unbeaten 26 containing 2 fours.