Jaffna Kings tune up with 9-wkt. win over Colombo Stars (1st PARA) Jaffna Kings powered to a 9-wicket thrashing of the star studded Colombo Stars whose frontline Sri Lanka stars failed to live up to expectations as the side made a disappointing 128 for 9 off 20 overs. The day belonged to the Kings openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who struck a Player of the Match 69 off 40,.ani Avishka Fernando an unbeaten 33 in finishing it off on 131 for 1. While the Kings skipper Thisara Perera was on song with the ball spearheading the attack in removing Dinesh Chandimal for a duck in the very first over and Charith Asalanka for 6 off the fourth ball of his second over veteran Pakistani Shoaib Malik struck from the other end accounting for the second wicket to fall that bowling Niroshan Dickwella for a duck Full marks to Nishan Madushka. the domestic season’s 1000-run star from 5 innings who scored a plucky 35-runs off 44 in reviving the innings with the help of Ravi Bopara 20.
CHIEF SCORES: Colombo Stars 128/9 (20 Overs).(Dominic Drakes 38, Nishan Madushka 35, Ravi Bopara 20, Benny Howell n.o. 11, Shoaib Malik 2/4, Thisara Perera 2/14) Jaffna Kings 131/1 (15.5 Overs) (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 69. Avishka Fernando n.o. 33, Sadeera Samarawickrama n.o. 9)