With 75% of the league stage over, there was still no clarity on which four teams would make it to the semifinals. Amidst all this, it was time for a match between two sides with contrasting fortunes. While one was at the top of the table, the other was looming at the bottom. It was a match between the Jaffna Stallions and the Kandy Tuskers.
The former won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a terrible start as their scoreboard read 50/3 at the end of the powerplay. Dale Steyn showed his class by dismissing the in-form Avishka Fernando in the very first over. It was followed by a couple of more wickets to add to their worries.
It was now up to the experienced Shoaib Malik and Minod Bhanuka to steady the ship for their side. Well, they did not disappoint as they ended up making a 59 run partnership for the fourth wicket. A concern however was the slow pace at which this partnership came. Though Malik ended with a score of 59 no other batsman was able to make a significant contribution.
Asela Gunaratne guides Tuskers to their second victory of the season
The Stallions were bowled out for a score of 150 at the end of their 20 overs. The bowlers had a good outing as they managed to pick up a couple of wickets each. Nuwan Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers as he secured three wickets to put the opponent on the backfoot.
A chase of 151 just required some sensible batting and one good partnership. However, the Tuskers had an even worse start compared to the Stallions. They were at a score of 44/3 at the end of the powerplay. However, they did not lose the plot and continued to play in a smart manner
Captain Kusal Perera scored 42 runs to take his team towards the target. His wicket did create some panic however Asela Gunaratne and Irfan Pathan made sure that no more obstacles had to be faced. The former scored 52* runs off 37 balls to take his team to a win with five balls to spare.
This victory took his side to the number four spot in the points table. Wanindu Hasaranga had another good day with the ball. He ended the match with two wickets conceding only 23 runs in his four overs.
Here are the best tweets
— Parth (@___parthpatel) December 9, 2020
— Janith Anushan (@Anuuu_RDZ) December 9, 2020
Man of the Match against Jaffna Stallions, Asela Gunaratne speaks to the #TuskerNation after wonderful contributions from bat and ball. ⭐🐘 Well played Gune! 🔥#KTvsJS #KandyTuskers #TuskersInCharge #LPLT20 pic.twitter.com/p6pqyLikDo
— Kandy Tuskers (@KandyLPL) December 9, 2020
Irfan Pathan scored unbeaten 25 runs from 19 balls including 4 fours – added 56* runs from 35 balls for the 5th wicket with Gunaratne 52*(37) helped Kandy Tuskers to chase down 151 runs with 5 balls left. #LPL2020 pic.twitter.com/xE3Rz1eomc
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 9, 2020
— Shaurya Prakash Singh (@ShauryaPrakas13) December 10, 2020
@IrfanPathan was superb yesterday in the LPL..Hope Kandy Tuskers win the LPL
— Darren's general info (@darren_general) December 10, 2020
I am watching LPL just for our hero Irfan Pathan .
— Md Nasim (@MdNasim51640508) December 10, 2020
Irfan can commentator and bat aswell so so nice, not like Aakash who only talks but don't know how to bat.
— Gully Cricket (@GullyCricket7) December 10, 2020
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) December 9, 2020
Retired huye hai balla chalana nahin bhule😂😂😂 @IrfanPathan
— Hemant (@hemant1672) December 9, 2020
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