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It was a repeat of last year’s final as the Jaffna Kings, skippered by hard-hitting Thisara Perera, defeated the Galle Gladiators in a thrilling final where the Gladiators, who were chasing a gigantic 202 total, failed to 178/9 at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.
Sri Lanka’s leading connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, was the telecommunications partner of the 2021 edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL). Five franchise teams, Colombo Stars, Dambulla Giants, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings and Kandy Warriors faced off in 24 leagues and knockout matches in the 2021 tournament which kicked off on December 5.
“The high quality of cricket that we have seen playing in the LPL is a testament to the new talent that abounds in Sri Lanka and which, without a tournament like this, would have been almost impossible to uncover,” said the Hon. said MP Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth and Sports. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Anil Mohan, the founding CEO of the IPG group for organizing this wonderful tournament, the franchise owners, all the sponsors and the public for all the support they have given to make the LPL a resounding event. success ”, added Minister Rajapaksa.
“The 2021 edition of the LPL will serve as a platform for SLC breeders to identify and develop new talents who, over time, will progress in the national pool and represent their homeland on the international stage and will also provide the experience of indispensable game. against world-class cricketers from Sri Lanka and the rest of the world. The LPL in its second season has proven that Sri Lanka has the talent to play with and against the best players in the world, ”said Shammi Silva, President of the SLC.
Speaking at the Grand Final award ceremony, Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of IPG Group said, “On behalf of IPG Group, I would like to thank Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket, Shammi Silva, all of our sponsors, players, match officials and most importantly the Sri Lankan cricket fans who have come with all their hearts to support the second season of the Lanka Premier League. With the support of all of our stakeholders, we have been able to deliver an exceptional LPL season. Our aim is to make this league a perfect launching pad for young cricketers in Sri Lanka and around the world and to make this game bigger, better and stronger.
“As a company that supports the sports of Sri Lanka and a strong supporter of the development of cricket in Sri Lanka, Dialog Axiata is delighted to have taken over as the telecommunications partner of the 2021 Premier League edition of Lanka ”, Harsha Samaranayake, Senior General. Manager – Brand and Media, said Dialog Axiata PLC. “Cricket is a game that transcends all borders in Sri Lanka and the wonderful audience that came to watch the Grand Final here today is proof of that.”