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Shakib Shines in Galle Titans’ Victory in LPL

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Shakib Shines in Galle Titans’ Victory in LPL

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Shakib Al Hasan’s exceptional all-round performance steered his team, Galle Titans, to a dominant 83-run victory over B-Love Kandy in the thrilling Lanka Premier League (LPL) encounter held on Tuesday. The match showcased Shakib’s magic with both bat and ball, solidifying Galle’s position as strong contenders for the championship title.

Having already secured a super over win against Dambulla Giants in their season debut, Galle Titans were determined to assert their dominance further, leaving no doubts about their potential to clinch the LPL crown. This victory marked B-Love Kandy’s second consecutive loss, putting them under immense pressure to bounce back in their upcoming fixtures.

Shakib Al Hasan’s contribution was pivotal in setting the stage for Galle’s commanding victory. Batting at number three, he unleashed a blistering knock, smashing a quickfire 30 runs off just 21 balls. Shakib’s aggressive approach and smart shot selection propelled Galle to an impressive total of 180 for five at the end of their allotted overs. His partnership with Tim Seifert was particularly noteworthy, as the duo constructed a scintillating 95-run stand for the fourth wicket in a mere 52 deliveries. Despite Shakib’s unfortunate run-out in the 18th over, his efforts had laid the foundation for Galle’s commanding performance.

Tim Seifert’s brilliant batting display further bolstered Galle’s total on the scoreboard. The New Zealand cricketer showcased his prowess by smashing a remarkable 74 runs off just 39 balls, including five boundaries and an equal number of maximums. His aggressive approach complemented Shakib’s innings, propelling Galle to a formidable target.


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When it was time for Galle to defend their total, Shakib Al Hasan proved his magic with the ball as well. He entered the bowling attack in the ninth over and, despite starting with a wide, struck with his very first legal delivery, dismissing Asif Ali. This early breakthrough left B-Love Kandy in a precarious position, struggling at six for 46 in 8.1 overs. Shakib’s effectiveness continued as he claimed another vital wicket, that of Aamer Jamal, in the 13th over. His exceptional bowling performance stifled the Kandy batting lineup and played a significant role in bundling them out for a mere 97 runs in just 17.1 overs.

B-Love Kandy’s chase never gained momentum, and their hopes dwindled rapidly. Despite a valiant effort from Ashen Bandara, who scored a team-high 27 off 19 balls, the lack of substantial partnerships proved detrimental to their chances. Eventually, they succumbed to the pressure and fell well short of the target set by Galle Titans.

With this impressive victory, Galle Titans have surged to the top of the league table, accumulating 4 points from 2 matches. On the other hand, B-Love Kandy’s winless streak has landed them at the bottom, putting them under immense pressure to revive their campaign.

Both Galle Titans and B-Love Kandy will resume their LPL journey on Friday, 4th August. Galle will face off against Jaffna Kings, aiming to maintain their winning momentum and consolidate their position at the top of the table. On the other hand, B-Love Kandy will be determined to bounce back strongly as they take on Dambulla Aura in a bid to secure their first win of the tournament.


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