Dambulla Viiking 195 for 4 (Shanaka 73, Patel 58, Gunaratne 2-20) beat Kandy Tuskers 84 for 3 (Mendis 34, Ali 1-13) by four runs (DLS method)
How the game played out
The Kandy Tuskers suffered their second-straight narrow defeat as the Dambulla Viiking eked out a four-run victory (DLS method) after rain brought play to an abrupt close in Sooriyawewa.
Set a target of 196, the Tuskers lost Kusal Perera early in the chase but Rahmanullah Gurbaz carried on where he had left off from the previous game, blazing four boundaries and six in an 18-ball 30. With rain on the horizon, many of those runs took on added meaning.
As such when he was dropped in the fifth over, it was all the more painful for the Viiking, though Malinda Pushpakumara would rattle his stumps a few balls later to ensure no further damage was done.
Despite Kusal Mendis’ best efforts the asking rate would remain just beyond…