Mohammad Nabi removed from Afghanistan Cricket Board member in favour of a diplomat in India
21 June 2021
After suffering three heavy defeats against Galle Gladiators in the 2021 edition of the Lanka Premier League, Jaffna Kings turned up when it mattered the most to successfully defend the title on Thursday, 23 December.
A repeat of last year’s final fixture, this match was expected to be close, however, Kings, after choosing to bat first, blew Gladiators away with a thoroughly dominating performance. The top three fired in their individual capacities to rake up 201 runs in the first innings, setting Kings for a big win.
However, the win took a little more time to arrive than expected with Danushka Gunathilaka counter attacking from word go. Once Gunathilaka was trapped by Wanindu Hasaranga, Gladiators failed to put up partnerships and keep the scoreboard in control. The de Silva brothers - Wanindu and Chaturanga were the picks among the bowlers picking up two wickets each conceding just 45 runs between them in seven overs.
Kings had a lot of energy in the field as well, stark opposite to Galle Gladiators who dropped catches, misfielded to give loads of extra runs in the first innings. Conversely, the tremendous efforts in the field lifted up the spirits of the Kings, winning the game by 23 runs.