The 2021 season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) played in Colombo and Hambantota, Sri Lanka has come to an end. The final match of the second season of the Lanka Premier League was played on Thursday 23 December. Galle Gladiators faced Jaffna Kings in the final match, in which Jaffnas team won. The first season of LPL was also won by Jaffna Kings.
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In the final match of the Lanka Premier League 2021 played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota, Jaffna Kings captain Thisara Perera won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Avishka Fernando and Rahmanullah Gurbaz got Jaffnas team off to a good start and both put on 56 runs for the first wicket in 5.2 overs. For Jaffna, Avishka scored 63 off 41 balls, Kohler Cadmore scored 57 off 41 balls, Gurbaz scored 35 off 15 balls and Shoaib Malik scored 23 runs in 11 balls.
A champion team, and a team full of champions! The invincible Jaffna Kings keep their crown in a match that’s reminiscent of last year’s final - they beat the same rival!#LPL2021 #එක්වජයගමු #ஒன்றாகவென்றிடுவோம் #WinTogether #TheFutureisHere pic.twitter.com/AyB10DTR9d— Sri Lanka Cricket ?? (@OfficialSLC) December 23, 2021
The Lanka Premier League was started in 2020 only, so there only have been two seasons yet. It is interesting to note that the Jaffna Franchise won the title both times. Jaffna Stallions won in 2020, whereas Jaffna Kings won in 2021. And, the exciting part is that they defeated Galle Gladiators in both the finals.
Danushka Gunathilaka finished as the highest run-scorer of the 2020 season with 476 runs, whereas Evans was the 2nd highest with 289 runs. The spinners dominated the wicket-taking charts in the last season too. Wanindu Hasaranga finished at the top with 17 wickets, whereas Dhananjaya Lakshan finished with 13 wickets. Wanindu Hasaranga won the Man of the Tournament last season.
LPL 2020: Winner- Jaffna Stallions; Runner-up: Galle Gladiators
LPL 2021: Winner- Jaffna Kings; Runner-up: Galle Gladiators
These trophies were awarded to Avishka Fernando, who was also named as the man of the match in the final, for his innings of 63 runs in 41 balls. Overall, he scored 249 runs in 9 games in the tournament at an average of 31.12 at a strike rate of 152.76.
Danushka Gunathilaka of Galle Gladiators
Wanindu Hasaranga of Jaffna Kings.
This was awarded to Janith Liyanage of Dambulla Giants.
This title was awarded to the trophy-winning captain of Jaffna Kings, Thisara Perera.