8.4 flighted full on fourth stump, suckers him into a slog sweep but there's strong flight, sharp dip and it produces extra bounce to create a top edge, skied to deep midwicket where Shehan Jayasuriya settles under it before falling to his knees to cushion the catch as the ball hurtles back toward earth. 70/3
    4.4 holy cow! Stunner by Gunathilaka at long-on! Slower ball lands full on fourth stump, Charles tries to heave this over long-on but the bat turns as he connects and the ball is mistimed toward Gunathilaka. He has 20 yards to cover and does so before diving left to complete the catch inches from the ground. The judging panel from Canada, Ukraine, Sudan, Namibia, Brazil and New Zealand all raise their cards to show perfect 10s! 44/1
    7.2 finally lands this on a proper length and it results in a wicket. Flighted fuller to draw him onto the front foot for the first time, but not full enough to be within arm's length underneath his helmet, has to reach well in front of his body to drive awkwardly and a thick edge floats ever so gently to backward point, taken on the ring at head height. 66/2
    17.5 another loopy legbreak slower ball lands short on middle, heaves this flat toward deep midwicket, not enough muscle to clear the man on the rope. Hazratullah takes this with hands in front of his face, palms facing out, a yard inside the rope. 159/5
    15.5 slower ball does the trick. Leg cutter, more like a genuine leg break, lands full on fourth stump and deviates sharply as the batsman tries to flick over mid-on, results in a skier to the off side. Carries all the way to the wide long-off rope where Shehan Jayasuriya settles himself a yard in from the rope to take a simple catch at waist height with palms facing into his body. 139/4
    not out
    18.6 length ball bowled way outside off, Hasaranga is defeated by the width trying to stretch to hit this after backing away from leg stump, winds up toe-slapping this softly to extra cover. Easy catch on the ring at waist height. 175/6
    not out
    5 (w 5)
    188/6 (20 Overs, RR: 9.40)
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Johnson Charles, 4.4 ov), 2-66 (Charith Asalanka, 7.2 ov), 3-70 (Avishka Fernando, 8.4 ov), 4-139 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 15.5 ov), 5-159 (Shoaib Malik, 17.5 ov), 6-175 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, 18.6 ov)
    Mohammad Amir403619.0086010
    N Thushara403909.7585110
    D Lakshan403639.00103220
    SSD Arachchige403619.0021200
    PADLR Sandakan4041110.2584210
    1.2 calamity all around on this delivery! Full and swinging into the pads, tries to flick this to midwicket and misses. Big lbw shout denied. Gunathilaka is preoccupied with the lbw shout and not thinking about the leg bye that Ahsan Ali is calling for. Gunathilaka is half searching for the ball while meandering down the pitch and collides with the bowler, spinning him round in circles in cartoonish fashion. Thisara picks up the ball at mid-on and sprints to the stumps to flick from a yard away to beat Gunathilaka. Will they withdraw the appeal due to the collision with the bowler? He'd have made his ground otherwise. They uphold the appeal and Gunathilaka has to walk off after gathering his bearings. 3/2
    0.3 the Hazratullah gamble winds up rolling 7 out. Flighted full on off, tries to heave this over long-on but skies this straight up. Avishka at mid-off shuffles to the edge of the ring and takes an easy catch. 1/1
    1.4 back of a length at 133 kph seaming away on fifth stump, Ahsan doesn't need to play at this and flashes well away from his body, defeated by the extra bounce and a thin edge is easily held by Johnson Charles who is wearing a helmet standing 20 yards back to the medium pacer. 7/3
    8.2 Rajapaksa's valiant innings comes to an end at short third man! He charges Malik but the length is pulled back a fraction and bowled a touch wider outside off. Rajapaksa is already too committed down the pitch and keeps going on with the shot, he gets a thick toe edge that floats toward Shinwari, who shuffles right and lunges forward for a superb catch. He had two scintillating runouts from the same position in the semis, continues having an impact in with this fielding in the final. 62/4
    9.5 wicket next ball after the bungled attempt at calling for DRS! Bouncer on the body, Jayasuriya is tucked up trying to pull and a top edge swirls to the right of Shoaib Malik at short fine leg. He shuffles 10 yards to his right along the ring and takes a simple catch reaching out at waist height in stride. Perfectly directed delivery by Shinwari. 76/5
    13.5 short on fifth stump, tries to heave this over the leg side once again, but it's the slower ball offcutter and throws off his timing. The fielder at cow corner Asalanka charges in 15 yards before settling himself to take this crouching on his way tumbling on his knees into the turf. 110/7
    11.6 back of a length on sixth stump, the width was there to carve it through point but once again some extra bounce helps this clip the edge and it carries through to Charles, who is still wearing a helmet standing 20 yards back to the medium pacers. 93/6
    17.3 flights this more and drags it wider on sixth stump, the batsman tries to heave this over midwicket but skies this high toward long-on. Hangs up in the air toward Hasaranga who takes this above his head a yard in from the rope. 130/9
    14.1 flighted full on fifth stump, Amir tries to slog this over midwicket, but it's a googly and skies it straighter toward long-on. The fielder Dhananjaya de Silva shuffles 15 yards to his left and takes it falling forward on his knees. 114/8
    not out
    not out
    2 (nb 1, w 1)
    135/9 (20 Overs, RR: 6.75)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Hazratullah Zazai, 0.3 ov), 2-3 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 1.2 ov), 3-7 (Ahsan Ali, 1.4 ov), 4-62 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 8.2 ov), 5-76 (Shehan Jayasuriya, 9.5 ov), 6-93 (Dhananjaya Lakshan, 11.6 ov), 7-110 (Azam Khan, 13.5 ov), 8-114 (Mohammad Amir, 14.1 ov), 9-130 (Sahan Arachchige, 17.3 ov)
    DM de Silva403117.75131310
    RAS Lakmal301214.00122000
    NLTC Perera1015015.0020200
    Shoaib Malik301324.33111001
    Usman Shinwari2020210.0051200
    PWH de Silva401814.50122000
    D Olivier2025112.5042200
    PC de Silva10101.0050000

Match Details


Jaffna Stallions , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Jaffna Stallions won the 2020/21 Lanka Premier League


Match days

16 December 2020 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

Gladiators 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1MD GunathilakaHazratullah Zazai
2nd2MD GunathilakaAhsan Ali
3rd4PBB RajapaksaAhsan Ali
4th55PBB RajapaksaGSNFG Jayasuriya
5th14GSNFG JayasuriyaAzam Khan
6th17D LakshanAzam Khan
7th17SSD ArachchigeAzam Khan
8th4Mohammad AmirSSD Arachchige
9th16PADLR SandakanSSD Arachchige
10th5PADLR SandakanN Thushara

Lanka Premier League