Galle Gladiators defeated Colombo Kings by 2 wickets in the first semi-final of the LPL 2020 in Hambantota. Chasing 151 in 20 over, Galle went over the line in the last over.
Galle didn’t really start off well and lost a couple of early wickets but got back on track with a 40-run stand between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Azam Khan. The side then began to lose wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 136/8 at the end of the 19th over.
Needing 15 runs off the last over, Galle emerged victorious eventually. Earlier, courtesy some fine piece of bowling, Colombo were restricted to 150/9 in 20 overs. D Bell-Drummond top-scored with 70.
WHO SAID WHAT?
Angelo Mathews | Losing captain: We had a terrible day today. It does not give us any sort of cushioning even when we topped the table. The format is such that one bad day and you are out of the tournament. Credit to Galle Gladiators. We were not good in the field as well, dropping 5-6 catches and you can’t win games like that. I am not even sure we can hold a XI in the field. It is pretty bad.
Rajapaksa | Winning captain: It is a miracle that we go through from the stage we were. Lakshan should a lot of maturity in the middle and in the end we came through. We lost wickets and that set us back but credit goes to Lakshan, also Sandakan for the boundary. Amir set the tone for us with the new ball. We are a young team and got all the support from the groundstaff. We are looking forward to the final. Our bowling set the tone for us and the seniors had to take responsibility. We have been performing well but the results were not going our way. Lot of confidence in the young guys.
Dhananjaya Lakshan | Player of the Match: The plan was to bat till the end as I was the last batsman. I had to take it to the last over and then take the risk. Shehan got out at a crucial stage and my idea was to bat through. The plan was to not make it a dot ball and have some sort of connection, luckily Sandakan got it off the middle.