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Lanka Premier League: Galle Gladiators reach finale after beating Jaffna Kings

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Lanka Premier League: galle gladiators reach finale after beating jaffna kings

Galle Gladiators beat Jaffna Kings by 64 runs in the Lankan Premier League (LPL) at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday. Gladiators opener Kusal Mendis scored 85 runs in 53 balls and Danushka Gunathilaka scored 55 runs in 42 balls. The team lost five wickets in 20 overs and scored 188 runs on the basis of half-centuries from Mendis and Gunathilaka. With this win, the Gladiators made their way to the finals. Gladiators captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa also hit 25 off 15 balls to help the Gladiators post a scintillating score.

Chasing the target of 189 runs, Jaffna Kings were bundled out for 124 runs in 16.5 overs by the Gladiators bowlers, in which Jaffna’s batsman Gurbaz scored a half-century. He scored 59 runs in 37 balls with the help of three sixes and four fours and was caught in the over by bowler Nuwan Thushara.

Gladiators bowler Nuwan Thushara took five wickets for 13 in 3.5 overs while bowling brilliantly. Jaffna Kings will now take on Dambulla Giants for a place in the final.

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Brief Scores:

Galle Gladiators 188/5 in 20 overs (Kusal Mendis 85, Danushka Gunathilaka 55) beat Jaffna Kings by 64 runs in 16.5 overs by 124 (Rehmanullah Gurbaz 59; Nuwan Thushara 5/13).

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