In a game interrupted by rain, defending champions Jaffna Kings pulled off a 14-run win over Kandy Warriors at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday.
Experienced Suranga Lakmal clinched the match in favour of Jaffna after Kandy put up a tremendous fight with Rovman Powell, who struck 61 off 19 balls inclusive of seven sixes, and Charith Asalanka, who struck 42 off 19 balls, inclusive of five fours and two sixes, as Kandy, chasing a target of 182 off 14 overs, finished on 166/5.
The match produced a total of 27 sixes. Lakmal dismissed Powell with a yorker and conceded only 25 runs off his three overs to take the Player of the Match award.
Jaffna Kings Skipper Thisara Perera and Avishka Fernando, who indulged themselves in the fastest century stand of the tournament off 33 balls, saw Jaffna Kings race to an amazing 181/6 after rain had reduced the contest into a 14-over affair.
Before the rains came and interrupted the match, Jaffna, put into bat first, were 17/1 off 2.5 overs.
When the rain ceased and the match resumed, it was a display of ruthless hitting by Perera and Fernando, who only dealt in sixes.
Jaffna hit a total of 16 sixes in their innings, with 147 runs being scored off the last nine overs.
While all the Kandy bowlers got a pasting, UAE’s Shiraz Ahmed was the pick of them, finishing with 3/22.