Twitter Reactions: Avishka Fernando's 84-run knock leads Stallions to another win in LPL

Twitter Reactions: Avishka Fernando’s 84-run knock leads Stallions to another win in LPL

Gladiators are yet to win a single game.

Jaffna Stallions (Source: Twitter)

With close to half of the league matches over, the LPL had reached a very interesting point. Some teams had played to their potential and secured a number of wins while the others were looming at the bottom of the table. The match between the Galle Gladiators and the Jaffna Stallions was a classic example of this. The former had lost all their games while the latter had won all.

To make matters worse, Gladiators lost their Captain as Shahid Afridi returned to Pakistan due to some personal reasons. Having nothing to lose, they won the toss and elected to bat first. They started off brilliantly as they ended the powerplay with a score of 50-0. Both the openers were looking in good touch.

Ahsan Ali lost his wicket soon after, but Gunathilaka continued playing his shots as he ended up scoring 56 runs. They were at 110-1 at the end of 12.2 overs and it seemed like a 200-plus total was on the cards. However, this is where the collapse began. Within the next 4-5 overs they had their entire top order back in the hut. Chadwick Walton’s 31 off just 14 balls helped them reach 170 runs at the end of their 20 overs.

Avishka Fernando helps Stallions win their fourth game on the trot

A target of 171 was definitely not going to be the most challenging one. They just needed one batsman to play a good guiding knock and that is exactly what Avishka Fernando did. He started off slowly but made sure he makes it count.

After the wicket of Tom Moores, Minod Bhanuka came in and played some aggressive cricket. His knock of 40 in just 26 balls helped them get close to the target. Even after he lost his wicket Fernando continued doing the job. He ended with a score of 84 off just 59 deliveries.

He was dismissed in the 18th over but by then he had already done his job. Wanindu Hasaranga hit four boundaries in the 19th over to get the equation down to three runs off the last over. The Stallions ended the game in 19.4 overs to get themselves a win by five wickets. The opening batsman was awarded man of the match for his brilliant inning to guide them to a victory.

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