Colombo Stars down Galle Gladiators by 4 wickets

Colombo Stars led by Dhananjaya de Silva notched up four wickets victory over Galle Gladiators in their LPL cricket fixture played at R. Premadasa International cricket stadium yesterday.

Colombo Stars chasing a target of 117 runs were 66 for 4 wickets after ten overs. skipper Dhananjaya de Silva (24) and Dinesh Chandimal(26 not out) build up fifth wicket 27-run stand while all rounder David Weise who scored 22 in 16 balls hit back to back two sixers off leg spinner Pulina Thranga in 15th over turned the game for their favour to reach their target in 17.3 overs with four wickets in hand.

Earlier Samit Patel (14) and Ben Dunk (38) made a 43 runs fourth wicket stand before poor start from top order batters. The introduction of Colombo spinners insert more pressure while skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa was out for just two runs and Gladiators once again were in deep trouble with 77 for eight wickets after 15.3 overs. However Isuru Udana hit 25 in 17 balls while 16 year old Afgan wrist spinner Noor Ahmad who scored 11 in 14 balls added 39 runs unfinished stand to get their total for 116 for 8 wickets.

Chief scores

Galle Gladiators: 116 for 8 wickets in 20 overs Ben Dunk 38,Samit Patel 14, Isuru Udana 25n.o, Noor Ahmad 11n.o, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/18, Dushmantha Chameera 2/25, Akila Dananjaya 2/19


Colombo Stars: 117 for 6 wickets in 17.3 overs Tom Banton 10, Dhananjaya de Silva 24 Sherfane Rutherford 10,Dinesh Chandimal 26n.o David Weise 22 , Nuwan Thushara 2/26 Pulina Thranga 2/31. (D.R)

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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