- Colombo Kings outscored Galle Gladiators by 34 runs in a five-over shootout on Saturday.
- Andre Russell scored an unbeaten 65 off 19 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes.
In the rain-affected Lanka Premier League 2020 encounter, which was reduced to a five-over shootout. The Colombo Kings outperformed the Galley Gladiators by 34 runs in the fourth match of the tournament in Hambantota.
Colombo Kings scored 96 after being sent to bat first by the Gaul Gladiators. Scoring an unbeaten 65 off 19 balls from Andre Russell with the help of nine fours and five sixes.
Colombo Kings off-spinner Ashan Priyanjan’s incredible third over. Which went for just one and then dismissed the Gaul Gladiators from the match.
Unexpectedly, the Colombo Kings sent Russell to start the inning. And the big-hitting West Indies responded with a knock that was breathtaking in every sense.
Russell showed respect to the versatile left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir. Who bowled the first over, and was dismissed for 26 runs. The over took two power-packed sixes and three fours as the Colombo Kings probably got off to a great start.
Although Thixhila de Silva lbw Ashita Fernando for the first ball, it did not affect the run-rate in any way. Russell hit him with three fours and a six from the second over with 26 runs. Caribbean miracle man either cleaned his front leg to make room or simply stood and gave.
Medium pacer Mohammad Shiraz threw a tough third over, scoring only 11 runs to restore the innings somewhat. However, Laurie Evans joined in the fun and piled on Gayle Gladiators Pacer for 0 for 46 in two overs with another six from Aamir in the fourth over.
Captain Shahid Afridi took the responsibility of bowling in the last over and performed brilliantly to register a victory of just 13. Only Russell manages to send him over the ropes.
Gaul Gladiators lost no match to Colombo Kings Superman Andre Russell.
Opening with Danushka Gunathilaka and Hazratullah Zazai, Gaul Gladiators managed to get off to a great start.
Gunathilaka took block-hole specialist Isuru Udana and managed to hit a six and two fours in the over. 19 runs came in the first over, but the Gaul Gladiators could not rest and needed to be pushed forward.
Considering the big goal, he needed very big overs. However, despite a six and a four, only 16 Dushmantha came from Chameera’s over.
Priyanjan’s sensational third over ensured victory for the Colombo Kings. Combining this with loop deliveries towards legies and leg balls. Priyanjan gave the batsmen no space and dismissed Zazzi, conceding just one run in the over.
With 60 of the final two needed, the match was almost out of reach of Gaul Gladiators. And even the presence of captain Shahid Afridi did not make any difference. Gaul Gladiators scored 62 runs for 2 wickets, scoring 62 runs. The Colombo Kings scored 34 runs despite some big hits at the end of Gunathilaka.
LPL 2020 Colombo Kings vs Gal Gladiators: Who was the Man of the Match?
Any idea? Well, does anyone really need it? In the 19 deliveries he faced, Andre Russell completely ruled the match out of the grip of the Gaul Gladiators. With just five overs to bat, it was a tailor-made situation for Russell and he took full advantage of that by using his special big hitting ability.