LPL: Fernando smashes century when Jaffna Kings secured the last berth


Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) A brilliant 64-ball century from Avishka Fernando and a fast half-ton from Afghanistan's wicketkeeper batter Rahmanullah Gubaz (70 balls out of 40) helped the Jaffna Kings to a convincing win in 23 rounds against Dambulla Giants in qualifier 2 and secure your last place in the Lanka Premier League here. 

Jaffna Kings will face Galle Gladiators in the title fight on December 23rd.

In a game with many goals, thanks to the pyrotechnics of the opening games, the Kings scored an impressive 210/4 that broke 15 limits and eight sixes and had a hit rate of over 155. The Kings then limited the Giants to 187/9 in their 20 overs.

Young West Indian Jayden Seales was the bowler's choice for the Kings with numbers of 3/24.

Philip Salt and skipper Niroshan Dickwella got the Giants off to a good start with an opening partnership of 39 runs in 3.3 overs. However, after Suranga sacked Lakmal Salt, the Giants periodically lost wickets. Chamika Karunaratne played an unbeaten innings of 75 out of 47 balls, but found no support from the other end as the Giants eventually missed.

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Previously, the Kings' inaugural rackets, Fernando and Gurbaz, had opened 122 runs in 13.2 overs.

Short results: Jaffna Kings 210 for 4 in 20 overs (Avishka Fernando 100, Rahmanullah Gubaz 70) beat Dambulla Giants 187 for 9 in 20 overs (Chamika Karunaratne 75; Jayden Seales 3/24) by 23 runs.