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This is a good come back after a long break, says Avishka

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Rahmanullah Gurbaz ( left )and Avishka Fernando ( right ) making highest partnership of 133 runs (pix courtesy SLC)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz ( left )and Avishka Fernando ( right ) making highest partnership of 133 runs (pix courtesy SLC)

Jaffna Kings once again came to the highlight last Sunday when they recorded 51 run win over Dambulla aura.In fact Jaffa team set up a new record of highest team total of 240 runs at this LPL. The 21-year old Afghanistan wicket keeper batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz leading the way with an exhilarating 35-ball 73 and Avishka Fernando 54 off 30 to power them to 240 for 4 sending Dambulla Aura crashing to their third consecutive defeat by 51 runs. They were involved in a records partnership of 133 for any wicket for Jaffna Kings.

Both Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Avishka Fernando are in good form and Gurbaz who is playing second time for Jaffna side is delighted to play for them. This LPL gives bit more experience for me as a Afghan player I played for my National team against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in the one dayers but now it has changed with T20 format said Gurbaz the dashing stroke maker who has vast experience in this format.

I have good experience playing franchise cricket all over the world. India IPL, Bangladesh BPL, West Indies Caribbean League, Pakistan PSL and now Sri Lanka LPL good experience for me and I wanted to improve my skills said Gurbaz.

As soon as he finished the Sri Lanka – Afghanistan ODI series Gurbaz was back to Abu Dhabi for T 10 and returned to Sri Lanka for LPL.

Meanwhile opener Avishka Fernando said after ten months time with a leg surgery I am very happy to come back strongly.”I knew today I had to get a good knock to regain my place in the National side. During the last Australia series I had a leg injury and underwent surgery in Australia. I missed ten months and missed the T- 20 World Cup in Australia.Today I am scoring heavily in LPL which gives me confidence”.

“I have done lot of homework with coaches and physiotherapist, Trainers and my doctors who did tremendous duty to help me come back to cricket”.

“It is always very interesting to play good innings and make good partnership during this LPL. I knew We have a busy schedule ahead Indian, New Zealand series as well as domestic National Super League but my duty is to play my game. As players we have to give of our best and get success and hope I can get back to the National team said the former St Sebastian and National under 19 opener.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – 01:00

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