Isuru Udana.

The LPL 2020 had an exciting start to the tournament after the first match between Colombo Kings and Kandy Tuskers went into the Super Over. Kings though eventually won the match.

Batting first Tuskers rode on some fine batting display from the top four batsmen to post 219/3 in 20 overs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz scored 53, Kusal Perera top-scored with 87 while Kusal Mendis and Gunaratne scored 30 and 33* respectively.

In reply Dinesh Chandimal struck 80 but the real hero for Colombo emerged out to be Isuru Udana who smacked 34 off just 12. Colombo needed 20 runs off the last over and Udana managed to get 19 to take the game into the Super Over.

They then scored 16 in the Super Over and eventually won the match.

WHO SAID WHAT?

Dinesh Chandimal | Player of the Match: It was a good game of cricket. I am happy with the way I played. I played a tournament in Galle and that helped me. I can’t go for the big shots straightaway, so it is better I open the batting in this format. Thanks to Angie (Mathews) and the management for trusting me as an opener. I just want to look at the wicket for the first, two overs and then look at capitalizing in the powerplay. Credit to the lower-order batsmen for making great contributions too.

Angelo Mathews| Winning captain: We didn’t really panic because we knew the finisher (Udana) is in and he showed us what he is capable of. It was a bowlers nightmare and it was a fantastic wicket to bat on. Gurbaz and Perera batted well and our bowlers pulled things back slightly after the 10th over, but we also knew we could chase the target if we get a good start. Dinesh was fantastic and Isuru was good with the bat and ball and it was a good team effort.

Kusal Perera | losing captain: It was a tremendous game. We will try to get back strongly. We had some momentum while batting, but you need to take calculative risks in this format. So have to get back and talk to the management and sort it out as soon as possible (about Irfan Pathan’s hamstring injury).

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