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LPL 2021: Seekkuge Prasanna's heroics hand Colombo Stars 5-wicket win over Kandy Warriors

Colombo Stars defeated Kandy Warriors by 5 wickets in Colombo after chasing down a target of 147 runs in the Lanka Premier league fixture in Colombo. 

The Colombo team didn’t really have a great start to the chase Pathum Nissanka departed in the very first over for a duck and the side lost wickets at regular intervals to get reduced to 61/4 in the 13th over. 

But it was Seekkuge Prasanna brilliance with the bat as he anchored the side to a win eventually.

Prasanna struck an unbeaten 32 off 6 deliveries which included five maximums during the course. Apart from him, Dinesh Chandimal also played a major role in providing the side with resistance and chipped in with a 27-ball 44. 

Earlier, in the day the warriors started off the proceedings pretty well as openers Kennar Lewis and Asalanka stitched a partnership of 77 runs. But the latter’s departure broke the shackles and the Kandy side saw a middle order collapse. 

While Lewis struck 62 off 44, he didn’t really find support from the other end. The Kandy Warriors were eventually restricted to 146/9 in 20 overs. 

Chameera scalped a four-wicket haul for 35 runs in 4 overs. 

Mathews talked about the track and the turn that it had an offer. 

“Probably yes, to be very honest. We thought the wicket might play better. But we understand because we are playing so many matches here and it is difficult to maintain. We knew it was going to turn, all in all a great game. I could run those ones and twos, just that had to manage a bit. We call him (Prasanna) rocky. He was fantastic. We have the firepower,” he said after the match.  

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