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Dambulla Viiking in 2020

Dambulla Viiking
2020 season
CoachOwais Shah
CaptainDasun Shanaka
2020 LPLSemi-finalist
Most runsDasun Shanaka (278)[1]
Most wicketsAnwar Ali (9)[2]

Dambulla Viiking (abbreviated as DV) is a franchise cricket team which competed in the inaugural season of Lanka Premier League (LPL). For the 2020 season, the team was captained by Dasun Shanaka and coached by Owais Shah.[3] Based in Dambulla, Central Province, Sri Lanka, the team is owned by Bollywood film actor and producer Sachiin J. Joshi.[4][5][6] In the inaugural season, it changed its name from Dambulla Hawks to Dambulla Lions, and ten days later again changed its name to Dambulla Viiking.[7][8]

The team qualified for the semi-finals of this inaugural season of LPL after winning five out of eight matches, but lost to Jaffna Stallions in the semi-finals.

Season summary

In the Dambulla Viiking's first-ever LPL game, against the Kandy Tuskers, they scored 195/4 of their 20 overs. The game was shortened by rain, with the Viiking winning by four runs according to DLS.[9] In their second match, they played against the Jaffna Stallions, who scored 218/7 thanks to Stallions captain Thisara Perera, who scored an unbeaten 97 runs. The Viikings could not chase the total down, losing by 66 runs.[10]

In their third match, they played against the Colombo Kings. The Kings' batting fluctuated, as they were bowled out for 149 runs in response to the Viiking's 175 runs. This brought the Kings' unbeaten run to an end.[11] In Game 4 they competed against the Kandy Tuskers. The Tuskers made 156 runs with a loss of 6 wickets. In response to the Viiking's 157/7, winning the game by 5 wickets.[12]

The Viiking's Game 5, against the Galle Gladiators, was a much closer affair. Niroshan Dickwella hit 60 runs. In response, Gladiators' batsman Danushka Gunathilaka hit his third fifty in a row and he was well supported by wicket-keeper batsman Azam Khan, who also hit a fifty. However, the Viiking won this time by 9 runs.[13] Game 6 was a washout, with the Viiking at 42/3 before the rain hit.[14]

In Game 7 against Galle, the Viiking's chances looked slim before Samiullah Shinwari's 46 runs off 20 balls helped the Viikings chase down the target of 168 runs.[15] In the last game of the group stage against the Colombo Kings, Kings player Qais Ahmed performed with both bat and ball. He first took two wickets by giving 23 runs from his 4 overs before hitting 50 runs off 22 balls, and defeated Viiking with a 6 wickets loss. This meant that the Dambulla Viiking finished 2nd on the table.[16]

Viiking played against the Stallions in the second semi-finals, but lost the match by a margin of 37 runs.[17]

Squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  • Ages given as of 26 November 2020, the date that the first match was played in the tournament
No. Name Nationality Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
80 Oshada Fernando  Sri Lanka (1992-04-15)15 April 1992 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
44 Upul Tharanga  Sri Lanka (1985-02-02)2 February 1985 (aged 35) Left-handed
23 Angelo Perera  Sri Lanka (1990-02-23)23 February 1990 (aged 30) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
10 David Miller  South Africa (1989-06-10)10 June 1989 (aged 31) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak Marquee overseas player
54 Lendl Simmons  West Indies (1985-01-25)25 January 1985 (aged 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
92 Sohaib Maqsood  Pakistan (1987-03-15)15 March 1987 (aged 33) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak Overseas
88 Pulina Tharanga  Sri Lanka (1993-01-23)23 January 1993 (aged 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
15 Ashen Bandara  Sri Lanka (1998-11-23)23 November 1998 (aged 22) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak
N/A Kavindu Nadeeshan  Sri Lanka (2001-08-31)31 August 2001 (aged 19) Right-handed Legbreak
All-rounders
7 Dasun Shanaka  Sri Lanka (1991-09-09)9 September 1991 (aged 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium Captain, Icon player
45 Lahiru Madushanka  Sri Lanka (1992-09-12)12 September 1992 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
26 Carlos Brathwaite  West Indies (1988-07-18)18 July 1988 (aged 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Overseas
22 Samit Patel  England (1984-11-30)30 November 1984 (aged 35) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas
N/A Paul Stirling  Ireland (1990-09-03)3 September 1990 (aged 30) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak Overseas
N/A Aftab Alam  Afghanistan (1992-11-13)13 November 1992 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast Overseas
84 Anwar Ali  Pakistan (1987-11-25)25 November 1987 (aged 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas
45 Samiullah Shinwari  Afghanistan (1985-01-25)25 January 1985 (aged 35) Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Overseas
5 Ramesh Mendis  Sri Lanka (1995-07-07)7 July 1995 (aged 25) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Wicket-keepers
48 Niroshan Dickwella  Sri Lanka (1993-06-23)23 June 1993 (aged 27) Left-handed
23 Sadeera Samarawickrama  Sri Lanka (1995-08-30)30 August 1995 (aged 25) Right-handed
23 Kamran Akmal  Pakistan (1982-01-13)13 January 1982 (aged 38) Right-handed Right-arm medium Overseas
Bowlers
8 Lahiru Kumara  Sri Lanka (1997-02-13)13 February 1997 (aged 23) Left-handed Right-arm fast
65 Kasun Rajitha  Sri Lanka (1993-06-01)1 June 1993 (aged 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
3 Malinda Pushpakumara  Sri Lanka (1987-03-24)24 March 1987 (aged 33) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
32 Sudeep Tyagi  India (1989-09-17)17 September 1989 (aged 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas
N/A Dilshan Madushanka  Sri Lanka (2000-09-18)18 September 2000 (aged 20) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
52 Sachindu Colombage  Sri Lanka (1998-02-21)21 February 1998 (aged 22) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak

Administration and support staff

Bollywood actor and producer Sachiin J. Joshi owns the Dambulla Viiking team.[22] For the season, former English cricketer Owais Shah was appointed as the head coach of team.[23]

Season standings

League table

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR
1 Colombo Kings 8 6 2 0 12 0.448
2 Dambulla Viiking 8 5 2 1 11 −0.087
3 Jaffna Stallions (C) 8 4 3 1 9 0.788
4 Galle Gladiators (R) 8 2 6 0 4 −0.203
5 Kandy Tuskers 8 2 6 0 4 −0.890
Source: ESPNCricinfo
  • The top four teams qualified for the playoffs
  •   Advanced to semifinals


Matches

  denotes the winner team.
  denotes the loser team.
  denotes no result.
Date Opponent Toss Result Man of the match Notes
28 November Kandy Tuskers Kandy Tuskers elected to field. Dambulla Viiking won by 4 runs. Dasun Shanaka Won by DLS method.[24]
30 November Jaffna Stallions Dambulla Viiking elected to field. Jaffna Stallions won by 66 runs. Thisara Perera [25]
1 December Colombo Kings Dambulla Viiking elected to bat. Dambulla Viiking won by 28 runs. Dasun Shanaka [26]
3 December Kandy Tuskers Kandy Tuskers elected to bat. Dambulla Viiking won by 5 wickets. Angelo Perera [27]
5 December Galle Gladiators Dambulla Viiking elected to bat. Dambulla Viiking won by 9 runs. Anwar Ali [28]
7 December Jaffna Stallions Jaffna Stallions elected to field. Cancelled due to rain.[29]
9 December Galle Gladiators Galle Gladiators elected to field. Dambulla Viiking won by 4 wickets. Samiullah Shinwari [30]
11 December Colombo Kings Colombo Kings elected to field. Colombo Kings won by 6 wickets. Qais Ahmad [31]
14 December Jaffna Stallions Dambulla Viiking elected to field. Jaffna Stallions won by 37 runs. Johnson Charles Lost the semi-final.[32]

Statistics

Most runs

The top scorer of Dambulla Viiking was Dasun Shanaka, who scored 278 runs in nine matches. The second position was attained by Niroshan Dickwella, who scored 270 runs. The third and fourth positions were attained by Angelo Perera and Upul Tharanga, respectively, and the fifth position was held by English cricketer Samit Patel.[1]

* indicates a player who remained not out.[1]
Name Matches Runs Highest score
Dasun Shanaka 9 278 73
Niroshan Dickwella 9 270 65
Angelo Perera 7 227 74*
Upul Tharanga 8 196 77
Samit Patel 9 189 58

Most wickets

Anwar Ali, a Pakistani cricketer who took nine wickets in eight matches, was followed by Malinda Pushpakumara, who took eight wickets. Ramesh Mendis and Kasun Rajitha both took six wickets.[2]

Notation 3/37 denotes 3 wickets obtained by 37 runs.[2]
Name Matches Wickets Best bowling
Anwar Ali 8 9 3/37
Malinda Pushpakumara 8 8 2/19
Samit Patel 9 7 2/26
Ramesh Mendis 7 6 2/28
Kasun Rajitha 6 6 2/16

Awards and achievements

Dambulla Viiking won five matches, so five man of the match awards were given to the team's players. The first award was presented to Dasun Shanaka for scoring 73 runs off 37 balls, and he also won the second award. The third award was presented to Angelo Perera for scoring 67 runs off 49 balls. The fourth award was bestowed to Pakistani cricketer Anwar Ali for picking up three wickets, and the last award was awarded to Afghan cricketer Samiullah Shinwari.

Date Award Player Opponent Result Contribution Ref.
28 November Man of the Match Dasun Shanaka Kandy Tuskers Won by 4 runs (DLS method). 73 (37) [33]
1 December Colombo Kings Won by 28 runs. 56 (34) [34]
3 December Angelo Perera Kandy Tuskers Won by 5 wickets. 67 (49) [35]
5 December Anwar Ali Galle Gladiators Won by 9 runs. 3/37 [36]
9 December Samiullah Shinwari Won by 4 wickets. 46* (20) [37]

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