Galle Gladiators pulled off a 4-wicket win over Kandy Warriors in the fourth fixture of the Lanka Premier League Tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
Chasing 144 to win, the Gladiators romped to victory with four balls to spare when Lahiru Madushanka smashed the first two deliveries of the last over for a six and a four.
The Galle Gladiators needed 26 off 14 balls when the seventh-wicket pair of Madushanka and Dhananjaya Lakshan came together.
Madushanka was unbeaten on 22 while Dhananjaya Lakshan made 10 as they cantered to a 26-run victory.
Lakshan capped a fine all-round feat having claimed 2 for 11 to earn the Player of the Match award.
The Gladiators were given a rousing 62-run start in 7.3 overs by openers Dhanushka Gunathilaka who made 45, and Kusal Mendis 16.
Skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa kept the momentum with a brisk 22.
Sachindu Colombage took 3 for 20 for Kandy Warriors.
Kandy Warriors, taking first lease, made a formidable 143 for 6 off 20 overs on a 51-ball 56 by Ahmad Shahzad while Kamindu Mendis struck 32.
Thilakaratne Sampath made 19. Samit Patel was the pick of the Gladiators bowlers claiming 3 for 13 followed by Dhananjaya Lakshan’s 2 for 17.
The win gave Galle Gladiators two wins from three games having gone down to Colombo Stars