In the final match of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2022, Jaffna Kings squared off against Colombo Stars at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. Jaffna Kings won the toss and opted to field first.
Put in to batted first, Colombo Stars posted a competitive total of 163/5 in their 20 overs, with some solid contributions from their top order batters – Dinesh Chandimal (49), Charith Asalanka (31) and Ravi Bopara (47 not out). In response, Jaffna Kings got off to a shaky start, losing a few early wickets. However, Avishka Fernando steadied the innings with a brilliant knock of 50 runs from 43 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six. He was well supported by Sadeera Samarawickrama (44 off 27) in the middle, and the Kings managed to chase down the target in the final over to win the match by two wickets.
Fernando was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his crucial knock, and the Kings won their third LPL title with this victory. It was a nail-biting finish to the tournament, with the Kings showing great resilience and determination to come out on top.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Congratulations to the two teams, Jaffna Kings and Colombo Stars for a breathtaking battle for the Championship tonight. Jaffna Kings emerged victorious with their 3rd consecutive LPL title!#LPL2022 pic.twitter.com/aspt4Rhx93
— LPL – Lanka Premier League (@LPLT20) December 23, 2022
තුන්වැනි රජදැක්ම 👑👑👑
We've DONE IT. 3 OUT 3! Undisputed Champions of the LANKA PREMIER LEAGUE!
— Thisara perera (@PereraThisara) December 24, 2022
— Easwaran Rutnam (@easwaranrutnam) December 24, 2022
— Hasith Pasanga (@imHasith) December 24, 2022
Lanka Premier League winners in
2020 – Jaffna Kings
2021 – Jaffna Kings
2022 – Jaffna Kings
They become the first team to win 3 consecutive seasons of a franchise T20 league.#LPL2022
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 24, 2022
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) December 23, 2022
Three in Three : Jaffna Kings win the Lanka Premier League for the 3rd consecutive year 🇱🇰🏏 pic.twitter.com/pb88aLBU4a
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) December 23, 2022
Jaffna Kings won the Lanka Premier League 2022 Final and they are the Champions for the 3rd consecutive time! 🏆👑 ✨@news_cutter #JaffnaKings #LKA #SriLanka #WinTogether #LPL2022 #LPLT20 pic.twitter.com/81RJ0tPvMp
— Sri Lanka Tweet 🇱🇰 (@SriLankaTweet) December 24, 2022
Jaffna continue their rule over the Lanka Premier League. 🏏🇱🇰
3 consecutive titles!🙌🏽
2020 – Jaffna Stallions 🏆
2021 – Jaffna Kings 🏆
2022 – Jaffna Kings 🏆
— Damith Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) December 23, 2022
— Jaffna Kings (@Lycajaffnakings) December 23, 2022