Thisera Perera proved once again why he has been a sought after player in the shorter format of the game with an innings to remember, taking his team out from a disastrous position to a position of strength. Jaffna S
Jaffna Stallions had been 64 for 5 in the ninth over. Chaturanga de Silva and Wanindu Hasaranga supported Thisara Perera brilliantly though, as Thisara applied his considerable T20 experience to launch a roaring counterattack that saw him hit 64 runs off his last 21 balls, and make 97 off 44 balls overall. At one stage they were looking like they'd struggle to make 160, but they raced to 218 for 7.
Dambulla Vikings in reply could only make 152 folding out in 19.2 overs. This big win will also held the Net Run Rate of the Vikings, if there is a tie in the league.
Post Match presentation
Thisara Perera, Stallions captain and player of the match: "Normally I never thinking about the wickets that have fallen. I back myself. It's a really good surface to bat and bowl first. I have to thank my bowling unit because they've done a really good job on this wicket. Now with my batting I give myself a little more of a chance by taking some time to get in at the start of my innings. In the past I was just hitting, hitting, hitting."
Dasun Shanaka, Viiking captain: "We were very much on top of the game at the start, but our execution after that was poor. I didn't expect to give away so many runs. I could have spoken to my fast bowlers and gone with different plans. Thisara took the game totally away from us. We need to change the team because this is not the best combination going forward."