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Flashy Opening Ceremony Kicks Off Lanka Premier League In Style

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By IANS News
December 06, 2021 • 17:31 PM View: 666

The Twenty20 fever officially hit the islands of Sri Lanka as the second season of the Lanka Premier League took off with a glitzy opening ceremony in front of a host of fans at the R. Premadasa Stadium here.

The culture and the tremendous passion for cricket in Sri Lanka was on display as various artists performed to the tune of the Lanka Premier League official song 'Ekwa Jayagamu'.

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Amongst the colour and fervour of the massive opening ceremony, the Lanka Premier League witnessed the presence of Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Namal Rajapaksa and General Shavendra Silva here on Sunday night.

Paralympic Gold Medalist Dinesh Priyantha also graced the event and declared the T20 franchise tournament open.

Commenting on the occassion, Angelo Mathews, Captain of Colombo Stars and Sri Lankan legend said, "You know, all the nations are having this kind of a tournament and it benefits the country's cricket because you produce so many young players and you give them the exposure playing with international stars so yeah, it's a great exposure for all of them. LPL is a great platform for the budding stars and it is going to benefit Sri Lanka cricket a lot."

The Lanka Premier League will have five teams competing for the trophy - Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings, Dambulla Giants, Kandy Warriors and Colombo Stars.

The Galle Gladiators gained the first mover advantage in the opening match of the league on Sunday after they defeated Jaffna Kings by 54 runs in Colombo. Gladiators Captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 56 runs off 31 runs and helped his team post a total of 164/7.

Thereafter, Samit Patel picked up figures of 3/21 as the Gladiators bowled the Jaffna Kings out for 110.

Player of the Match Samit Patel said, "LPL is a great tournament to play in. It has great pitches and some very special people playing it. Great Talent Sri Lanka have got here and experience and exposure like this will make them even better."

A total of 24 matches will be played in the Lanka Premier League 2021. The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the Qualifier 1, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams on the table playing in the 'Eliminator.'

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The winner of 'Qualifier 1' will directly go into the Final, whilst the loser of the 'Qualifier 1' will play against the winner of the 'Eliminator' in the 'Qualifier 2', and the winner of that game will go into the final. The final will be played on December 23 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.


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