Jaffna Kings beat Colombo Stars to clinch Lanka Premier League title for third time in a row

Jaffna Kings created history on Friday as they clinched the Lanka Premier League (LPL) title for the third year in a row after defeating Colombo Stars by 2 wickets in a thrilling final at the R.Premadasa Stadium, here.

Colombo Stars made 163/5 in 20 overs before Jaffna Kings chased down the target in 19.2 overs.

Batting second, the Kings started their innings on a positive note as openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Avishka Fernando dispatched every bad ball towards the boundary line.

Gurbaz went back to the Pavillion after scoring 36 runs off 18 balls including four boundaries and two sixes. However, Fernando stayed on the crease and completed his 50 off 43 balls. He also built a 72 runs partnership with Sadeera Samarawickrama (44) for the third wicket before Suranga Lakmal removed both batters.

The Kings lost five quick wickets after Samarawickrama went back to the Pavillion. However, it was a little too late for the Stars as Binura Fernando took his team to victory in the last over.

Suranga Lakmal and Benny Howell were the top bowlers for the Stars as they took three and two wickets, respectively.

Earlier, Colombo Stars had a bad start after losing the toss. They lost Nishan Madushka (1) on just two runs. Dinesh Chandimal continued his good form as he built up a 75 runs partnership for the second wicket with Charith Asalanka.

Chandimal scored 49 runs off 40 balls, while Asalanka hit 31 runs on just 23 balls before Ravi Bopara (47 not out) played another brilliant knock to take the Stars to a fighting total.

For Jaffna Kings, Thisara Perera, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana and Dunith Wellalage took a wicket each.

Brief scores: Colombo Stars 163-5 in 20 Overs (Dinesh Chandimal 49, Ravi Bopara 47; Thisara Perera 1/16) lost to Jaffna Kings 164-8 in 19.2 Overs (Avishka Fernando 50, Sadeera Samarawickrama 44; Suranga Lakmal 3/23) by 2 wickets.

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