GG vs KF: Kandy Falcons has once again proved their prowess by registering their second consecutive win in a row. They displayed a terrific show with both bat & ball to beat Gladiators by five wickets. Batting first, the Gladiators were able to post a meager 121 runs on board. It was all because of Craig Brathwaite’s lethal bowling attack. The West Indian restricted Gladiators run-flow by scalping four crucial wickets & wrapped their innings at a meager total.
Gladiators got off to a humiliating start as they lost their openers Thanuka (0) & Azam Khan (1) cheaply within the first over of their innings. The dismay doesn’t end here as wickets kept falling like a flurry of cards for Gladiators leaving them reeling at 28-5 within powerplay overs. Kusal Mendis (14 off 11) & Fernando (13 off 8) played brief cameos but couldn’t convert them into big scores. However, Mobin Subasingha & Imad Wasim stepped up & did the rebuilding work for the Gladiators. Subasingha scored 40 runs off 38 balls embellished with four fours & two sixes. Imad too returned with a crucial 34 runs off 39 balls with two fours. The duo took Gladiators total above the 100-run mark.
For Kandy Falcons the credit for a zealous & on-point bowling show goes to Craig Brathwaite who held his nerves & scalped four wickets for just 14 runs in his spell of four overs.
An all-round show by Falcons guides them to their Second Win
In reply, Kandy Falcons got off to a blistering start as the openers Pathum Nissanka & Andre Fletcher set the stage for Kandy Falcons gleaming victory. Nissanka scored 22 runs off 21 balls in an innings braced with three fours & a six. While Fletcher provided him valuable support by scoring 20 runs off 14 balls with three fours & a six. After their dismissal in the eighth over, Kamindu Mendis carried forward their innings by scoring 44 runs off 34 balls with four fours & two sixes. Fabian Allen too contributed by playing a quick cameo of 10 runs. Riding on the back of batters vital knocks Falcons chased the target within 15 overs registering a massive five wickets win.
For Gladiators, Nuwan Pradeep starred with the ball by returning with figures of 2-34. Thushara, Iftikhar & Tharanga too returned with one scalp each.
GG vs KF: Man of the Match
Crag Brathwaite won the Man of the match for his impressive figures of 4-14. With this glorious win, Kandy Falcons grabbed the top spot on the LPL 2022 Points table while Galle Gladiators are yet to score their maiden points in the ongoing season.