Avishka Fernando’s 92* trumps Shahid Afridi blitz to give Jaffna Stallions winning start

Outside of Shahid Afridi’s furious 23-ball 58, Jaffna Stallions were almost totally in control. They slowed Galle Gladiators down after the Gladiators got a decent start with the bat, made breakthroughs through the middle overs, thanks partly to an outstanding spell from Wanindu Hasaranga, and prevented Afridi from turning a good score into an imposing one.

With the bat, the Stallions were measured but insistent, never allowing the required rate to get very high, even when Avishka Fernando – their star local batsman – was struggling early on. Part of the refusal to panic, was perhaps grounded on the knowledge that 176 was gettable on a fast outfield that was increasingly being slicked by dew…

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