‘Iss baar Kings ka halat kharab’ – Fans react as DA defeat JK by 9 runs in LPL 2023

DA vs JK, 11th match, LPL 2023
DA vs JK, 11th match, LPL 2023 (Image Source: Twitter)

On 7 August 2023, Dambulla Aura (DA) locked horns with Jaffna Kings (JK) in the 11th match of the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL) in Pallekele. Both teams came to this clash after winning two out of their first four games. So, both of them were looking for a win to strengthen their position at the top of the table.

Speaking of the match, Jaffna Kings (JK) skipper, Thisara Perera won the toss and opted to bowl first. The bowlers did a pretty good job as they restricted DA to 134 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. Both Shiab Malik and Nuwan Thushara took two wickets each while Maheesh Theekshana grabbed one wicket for 26 runs in four overs.

DA defeated JK by 9 runs in the 11th clash of LPL 2023

Kusal Perera was the highest scorer with 41 runs off 36 balls along with Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 30-run knock and Hayden Kerr’s 25*-run knock. In reply, JK were in big trouble after losing four wickets for just 27 runs in 6.1 overs. The veteran Pakistan batter, Shoaib Malik put up a fight as he scored 74* runs off 53 balls, including five fours and six sixes. But, his effort went in vain as they fell short by nine runs and managed to score just 125 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs. Binura Fernando, Noor Ahmad, and Hayden Kerr grabbed one wicket each. But, Hasan Ali was the star with the ball as he took three wickets for 20 runs in four overs. 

He also won the Player of the Match award. During the post-match presentation, he said: “We were thinking of putting up 160+ but as a bowling unit we thought if we believed in ourselves we could win this game. Just focused on bowling on a hard length. We had plans, luckily we got some early wickets and put them under pressure. The surface wasn’t that easy though, ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. Credit to Shoaib Malik though, he always makes it look easy. Unfortunately for him, they couldn’t win.” After this win, DA are now at the top of the table with six points in five games whole JK are in the fourth spot with four points from five games.  

Here is how fans have reacted to the victory of DA over JK:



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