Kandy Falcons and Jaffna Kings faced off against each other on the ground, R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The former team won the toss and opted to bat first.
Nissanka and Fletcher came to the middle on the bowling attack of Perera. In the first over only, Nissanka crunched a four. Perera took the first wicket of Fletcher and Mendis joined who smacked two back-to-back boundaries in the 2nd over.
Nissanka also joined him to get two fours for the side in the 4th over and the side got a score of 28-1 after 4 overs. With both the batters making efforts on the pitch, KDF crossed the half-century with a score of 58-1 after 8 overs.
Adding 35 off 31, Nissanka lost his wicket to V Viyaskanth while Mendis scored 26 runs in 21 balls and got out. After 14 overs, KDF crossed the century with a score of 101-4. Scoring 22 runs in 17 balls, Najibullah got a dismissal from Theekshana.
KDF boys lost their wickets frequently and posted 143 runs with a loss of 8 wickets.
For the run chase of 144, Gurbaz and Avishka Fernando opened the batting attack on the throw from Udana. In the first over only, Gurbaz hit the ball long off the fence for a six and Fernanado bought a four.
Scoring 10 runs in 8 balls, Gurbaz lost his wicket to Brathwaite. In the 3rd over, Fernando slammed two while Hossain bought the first boundary, the side got a score of 42-1 after 3 overs.
Getting 21 runs in 11 balls, Fernando lost his wicket to Brathwaite. After 4 overs, the side crossed the half-century with a score of 54-2. After 6 overs, JKS jumped to a score of 71-3. In the beginning of the 12 over, when JKS were 98-3, the rain started and seeing the wet outfield, the match was called off. Jaffna wins on DLS and advances to the championship. They quickly took 18 off Isuru Udana’s first over to begin the chase, and they never looked back after that. As two rain breaks appeared, they were always ahead on DLS. The game was over after the second one. Too many boundary balls were given up by Kandy, and their bowling was shoddy. The game was lost because they let Jaffna get out to a quick start while chasing a low total. Kandy, however, will have an additional opportunity to go to the final as they will compete in Qualifier 2.
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