COLOMBO: Dambulla Giants registered an easy 18-runs win over the Colombo Stars as Phil Salt and Najibullah Zadran played blistering knocks to help their team register second win in Lanka Premier League.
Salt and Zadran played brilliant knocks to help the side amassed a massive 196-run total in the allotted 20 overs. Zadran scored 54 runs off 40 balls including six boundaries and two sixes, while Salt smashed 62 off just 34 balls, including eight boundaries and two sixes.
Later, Dasun Shanaka, the captain, struck 38 off 25 including three boundaries and two sixes to help the Giants finish strongly.
For Stars, Dushmantha Chameera bagged three wickets. Whereas, Keemo Paul, Akila Dhananjaya and Seekkuge Prasanna each struck out a batter.
In response, Giants bowling attack trapped Stars batters completely. None of their batters were able to go deep and get the side into the winning position. Giants, in the end, were bowled out for just 177 in the 19th over. Tom Banton scored 23 followed by highest run-scorer of the side, Dinesh Chandimal with 26 runs.
Nuwan Pradeep claimed three wickets. Chamika Karunaratne, Tharindu Ratnayake and Imran Tahir claimed two wickets apiece. Whereas, Ramesh Mendis struck out a batter.
Salt won the player of the match award for his brilliant 62 and two catches.