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Colombo Kings 171/10 (20 ov)
Galle Gladiators 175/2 (17.3 ov)
Gladiators won by 8 wickets
Player of the match: Mohammad Amir
The Galle Gladiators proved to be too hot with the bat for Colombo Kings as the bowlers managed to pick just 2 wickets in 17.3 overs! Dhanushka Gunathilaka continued his rich vein of form as he scored 38 runs off 28 balls with 5 boundaries in his innings. He kept the bowlers thinking with his unorthodox style of play. As a surprise, he did not attempt the reverse sweep today!

He found an able partner in Ahsan Ali, who registered his first half-century of the Lankan Premier League. He finished with 58 runs under his belt in just 38 balls. His knock included 9 boundaries and a six. Ali played the waiting game early on and then capitalized on the loose deliveries. He fell while attempting a punch off the backfoot but one can't blame him for the shot at that stage. The two openers were replaced by skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa and keeper Azam Khan in the middle.

Rajapaksa survived an LBW call on the very first ball and then made full use of his life. He smothered three boundaries in an over and that got him off. He finished unbeaten on 37 runs off 24 balls scoring 6 boundaries and a six. Azam Khan was in his element today as well and didn't hold himself back against playing the big shots. He targetted the 'V' and the leg side to score most of his runs and finished off the game with an unbeaten 16-ball 35. He hit 3 huge sixes along with 3 fours and took the Gladiators over the line!

Qais Ahmad and Dhammika Prasad were the only bowlers to take a wicket where the rest six bowlers struggled to find tight lines on a sluggish pitch. Isuru Udana, who has a lot of weight on his shoulders wasn't at his accurate best and that meant there was no pressure on the batsmen.

That's it then from our side as I, Sameer Deodhar and my colleague, Navjeevan Rajput sign off! Stay tuned for the second LPL game of the day in a few minutes from now!
17.3 Dhammika Prasad to Azam Khan, FOUR! Length ball outside off. Azam Khan stays on the crease and just lofts the ball over Prasad's head for four runs! Galle Gladiators beat Colombo Kings by 8 wickets!
17.2 Dhammika Prasad to Azam Khan, back of a length delivery outside off lofted behind covers. Khan is lucky that the ball fell in no man's land! SCORES ARE TIED!
17.1 Dhammika Prasad to Azam Khan, SIX! Drops a short ball and Azam Khan takes full toll of it! That ball went high but it also had the legs on it as it sails off into the stands! Just 3 required now!
Isuru has been hit for a couple of boundaries in that over. Gladiators are now inching closer to their first victory in this competition! The equation is down the single figures as just 9 runs are needed from the last 18 balls for them!

Dhammika Prasad comes on to bowl the 18th over for CK!
Over: 17 | Summary: 0 0 4 6 0 0 Bowler: Isuru Udana Score: 163/2
16.6 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, nails the yorker just past the leg stump and Rajapaksa misses it altogether
16.5 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, makes room for himself and digs out the yorker back to the bowler
16.4 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, SIX! Back-to-back boundaries for Rajapaksa. Udana bowls a bouncer near the helmet and Rajapaksa pulls it to deep square leg! Down to 9 runs in 20 balls!
16.3 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, FOUR! Steps down the track and punches the half-volley in front of his stumps past covers! Four runs! Down to 15 runs off 21 balls now!!
16.2 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, darts the yorker in and Rajapaksa digs it out to short mid-wicket again
16.1 Isuru Udana to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, length ball on the stumps tapped to short mid-wicket for no runs
Strategic time out is taken!

Tharindu came on to bowl the 16th over but he was just belted to all parts of the ground in that over. Azam welcomed the bowler with a couple of sixes at the start, in the latter half, Azan struck a boundary and has made it quite reachable for GG from this stage! GG need 19 runs in 24 balls!

Isuru Udana comes on to bowl the 17th over!
Over: 16 | Summary: 6 6 0 4 0 0 Bowler: Tharindu Kaushal Score: 153/2
15.6 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, short ball very close to the stumps cut to short thirdman for no runs
15.5 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, advances towards the bowler and thumps the length ball outside off back to the bowler
15.4 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, FOUR! Overpitched delivery just outside off. Azam gets under it once again and slog sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for another boundary!
15.3 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, defended into the covers after the couple of big shots
15.2 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, SIX! Switches to round the wicket but that doesn't change the outcome! Azam gets down on one knee and hoicks the half-volley on his stumps for another maximum! HUGE, OUT OF THE PARK THIS ONE!!
15.1 Tharindu Kaushal to Azam Khan, SIX! Azam Khan charges down the track and clobbers the half-volley over long-off to welcome Kaushal to the bowling crease! What a great way to start the over and the equation is now down to a runner ball, 29 runs needed in 29 balls!
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