Colombo Stars make Galle Gladiators to see stars

Colombo Stars made Galle Gladiators to see stars in a 4-wicket dismantling in the third match of the Lanka Premier League 2021 on the second day of the Sri Lanka Cricket organised T20 showpiece tournament at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Monday. 

The architect of downsizing the winners of yesterday’s opening game versus Jaffna Stallions, was Dhananjaya de Silva who produced an all-round performance of  2 for 18 and scored a deceive 24 off 28 balls.  

Galle Gladiators big guns came apart against Colombo’s three-pronged pace-spin attack of Dushmantha Chameera 2 for 21, Dhananjaya de Silva 2 for 18 and Akila Dananjaya 2 for 19 that left them reeling on 45 for 4 wickets after the power play 6 overs. It took an unfinished  ninth-wicket partnership of 39 between Isuru Udana 25 off 17 laced with two over the top and Noor Ahamad, who made 11 to lift the side to 116 for 8 from the doldrums of 77 for 8 after 15.3. overs. Upfront Ben Dunk top scored for the Gladiators with 38 off 25 hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes.  

But it wouldn’t stop the Colombo Stars from hitting the winning board. Colombo Stars settled the issue reaching 117 for 6 off 17.3 overs with David Wiese, the South African born Namibia player22 off 16 smacking two sixes and Dinesh Chandimal coming out of a recent lean run with an unbeaten 26 containing 2 fours. 


Angelo Mathews named Captain of Colombo Stars & Lalchand Rajput appointed Head Coach of Kandy Warriors

As we inch closer to the start of the Lanka Premier League, slated to begin on 5th December 2021, each of the five franchises – Colombo Stars, Dambulla Giants, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings and Kandy Warriors – have been making some crucial appointments.

Former Sri Lanka Skipper Angelo Mathews has been named the Captain of the Colombo Stars. The experience of Mathews, who has played 168 T20s in his career, will be vital for the Kings’ success in the upcoming season.

Kandy Warriors appointed World T20 2007 winning coach Lalchand Rajput as their Head Coach for the upcoming season and Sri Lankan first-class cricketer Ruvin Peiris has been named as Rajput’s deputy. The Warriors have appointed former India fast bowler Atul Wassan as their Director of Cricket.

The Jaffna Kings have signed upcoming T20 star Praveen Jayawickrama for the upcoming season. The left-arm orthodox bowler has taken 12 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 19.41 in his T20 career so far. Jayawickrama will have the opportunity to bowl alongside ICC T20 World Number 1 Wanindu Hasaranga in the Jaffna Kings set-up as well.

Among other updates, the Kandy Warriors have signed talented wicketkeeper batter Minod Bhanuka, while experienced Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Perera has joined the Colombo Stars. Anil Mohan – Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL commented “We are just a few days away from the Lanka Premier League and we are delighted to see the franchises settling their squad and the support staff team members. We are eagerly looking forward to a great contest and hope that the upcoming season is even better than the last one.”


27th Investments CEO & President Anil Damani – new owner of Colombo LPL franchise

Colombo: The Lanka Premier League Colombo franchise has a new owner as 27th Investments CEO & President Anil Damani enters the second season of the premier T20 tournament of the Island Nation by acquiring the Colombo-based franchise in the tournament.

Anil Damani is CEO & President of 27th Investments , which is one of the fastest growing investment companies in the southeast of USA. The 27th investments is a leader and a very manages several different entities under the 27th portfolio. Some of their primary investments are in Commercial Real Estate, Restaurants and Entertainment.

Speaking about entering the LPL, Damani said, “I am absolutely ecstatic to enter the Lanka Premier League as the owner of the Colombo franchise. The Lanka Premier League showed propitious signs of enormous growth in its last season and therefore I am thrilled to have joined the tournament at this juncture. I am eagerly looking forward to developing the Colombo franchise into one of the best T20 franchises in the world.”

Welcoming the new owner, Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL, said, “It’s a great honour for me to welcome the CEO & President of 27th Investments Anil Damani as the owner of the Colombo franchise. I am sure that his love and passion for the game of cricket will only boost the Lanka Premier League and increase the fan following of the Colombo franchise.”

Rario Co-founder and CEO Ankit Wadhwa on LPL partnership – “Rario is committed towards breaking the mold and ushering in a new era of cricket fandom through digital collectibles. Thus, it gives us immense pride to partner with such a pioneering league. The Lanka Premier League features an exciting crop of young talent that is sure to yield some unforgettable on-field action. We look forward to immortalizing these moments as digital collectibles for fans across the world.”

The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets. Sponsors enjoyed a media evaluation (visibility) of $54.5m and title sponsor MY11CIRCLE enjoyed a ROI of 9.85x. Winner of the first edition of LPL Jaffna Stallions tops the valuation chart with $3.98m followed by Galle Gladiators ($3.82m), Dambulla Viikings (Now Dambulla Giants) ($3.54m) Colombo Kings ($3.44m) and Kandy Tuskers ($3.19m).

The LPL matches which were telecast live by Sky Sports, Sony Sports Network, Geo, PTV, and Willow TV in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand saw 155 million people tuning in to catch live action. On social media, it achieved a reach of 218 million and LPL found 133478 mentions as the league came alive with each and every match with some scintillating performances on the ground.

About 27th Investments

The 27th Investments was founded in 2012. It was created with a mindset of entrepreneurship & growth and it is one of the fastest growing investment companies in the southeast of USA. The 27th Investments experienced acquisition team looks for businesses that are profitable and that fit the criteria they have established to make them a successful unit. They are always looking to expand their presence in the market with stability, transparency and potential to grow. If the opportunity demands, they are willing to provide the resources needed to make any venture successful.