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Lanka Premier League 2023: DMA Rides on Kusal Mendis Half-Century; Won by 10 Runs

Colombo Strikers and Dambulla Aura came against each other in the 8th match of LPL 2023 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele. Colombo Strikers won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis came to bat and Naseem Shah opened the bowling attack. In the 1st over, Avishka Fernando hit a four on the last ball and it was the first boundary of the match. In the 5th over, Avishka Fernando got out after scoring 12(18) on the fourth ball. In the 6th over, Kusal Mendis smashed two boundaries. After 6 overs, DMA was at 36-1.

In the 8th over, DMA reached 50 runs on the fourth ball. In the 10th over, Kusal Mendis started the over with a six, hit a six on the third and last ball and scored a half-century. In the 13th over, Kusal Mendis finished the over with back-to-back two boundaries and DMA reached 100 runs. In the 14th over, Samarawickrama started the over with back-to-back three boundaries and Kusal Mendis hit a six on the fifth ball and the partnership between Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis reached 100 runs. After 15 overs, DMA was at 143-1.

In the 16th over, Kusal Mendis got out after scoring 87(46) on the second ball, Samarawickrama hit back-to-back two fours and scored a half-century on the last ball with a single. In the 17th over, Samarawickrama started the over with back-to-back two fours and got out after scoring 59(35) on the fifth ball and Dhananjaya finished the over with a four. In the 18th over, Kusal Perera got out after scoring 2(3) on the first ball. In the 19th over, Ross got out after scoring 4(7) on the fifth ball. In the 20th over, Hayden Kerr got out for a duck and Hasan Ali finished the over with a four.

In 20 overs, Dambulla Aura scored 192 runs with a loss of 6 wickets.

Chasing 193 runs, Dickwella and Babar Azam came to bat and Hayden Kerr opened the bowling attack. In the 1st over, Dickwella hit back-to-back two fours. In the 2nd over, Dickwella hit a four on the second ball and got out after scoring 16(8) on the third ball. In the 3rd over, Babar Azam started the over with a four and finished the over with a four. In the 4th over, Nissanka smashed back-to-back two fours. In the 5th over, Babar Azam smashed three fours. After 6 overs, CLS was at 61-1.

In the 9th over, Babar Azam hit a four on the fourth ball and got out after scoring 41(24) on the fifth ball and Fernando finished the over with a four. In the 11th over, Fernando smashed two boundaries. In the 12th over, Fernando smashed two boundaries and CLS reached 100 runs. In the 13th over, Nissanka got out after scoring 22(28) on the second ball. After 15 overs, CLS was at 123-3.

In the 18th over, Dhananjaya Lakshan hit a four on the fifth ball and got out after scoring 18(15) on the last ball. In the 20th over, Karunaratne started the over with a six and finished the over with back-to-back two boundaries. CLS scored 182-4 and lost the match by 10 runs. 

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