The Galle Gladiators stunned the Colombo Kings in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) Semi-Final on Sunday night.
Galle had lost 6 of their league matches, still they managed to surprise Colombo Kings to become the first team to qualify for the finals of the LPL 2020.
Galle Gladiators were lucky, as Colombo Kings could hardly put 11 fit men on the field, as skipper Angelo Mathews was to lament later.
Laurie Evans did not play, Andre Russell could not bowl while Mathews himself walked off after bowling 3.1 overs.
Colombo Kings still managed to make a match of it as Ashan Priyanjan, Mathews, Dushmanta Chameera and Ahmad picked key wickets to reduce Galle Gladiators to 98 for 6 after 13 overs. Their luck and pluck finally ran out, though.
Dhananjaya Lakshan (31 not out off 23) lifted Galle Gladiators into the LPL 2020 final, despite the franchise winning only three of nine games.
The Gladiators entered the final of the LPL 2020 beating the Colombo Kings by 2 wickets in the final over. Batting first the Colombo Kings scored 150 for the loss of 9 wickets.
Galle Gladiators 151 for 8 (Rajapaksa 33, Lakshan 31*) beat Colombo Kings 150 for 9 (Bell-Drumond 70, Sandakan 3-32) by 2 wickets.
In response, the Galle Gladiators scored 151 for 8 with one ball to spare in the 20th over.
(With Input From InsideSport)