Dambulla’s bowling challenge against Colombo Kings’ batting
Colombo Kings to win
Confident Colombo Kings would be up against the Dambulla Vikking in the 7th game of the Lanka Premier League 2020. The Kings come here after a massive win against the Galle Gladiators in their last game and they would look to continue with the same form in this one. Dambulla Viiking on the other hand suffered a crashing defeat in the last game which would add pressure on them here.
Colombo Kings have one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament and their batsmen have done well in both the games. The side also has good variety in its bowling arsenal. The Dambulla Viiking would clearly start as underdogs here and it remains to be seen if they are able to surprise their stronger opponents in this game. A win for Dambulla in this game would act as a confidence booster for the team.
Angelo Mathews’ side is being considered one of the favourites in the tournament and they have done well so far. The side is undefeated so far and won the last one against the Galle Gladiators by 34 runs under the DLS method. Their batting form has been brilliant and Matthews would look for better show from his bowlers in the next game.
The opening pair of Dinesh Chandimal and Laurie Evans is in good form and the side would be looking for a positive start from them in this game. In the middle order Andre Russell looks in good form and along with Thikshila de Silva and Mathews will look to score quick runs. Isuru Udana and Qais Ahmad have given proof of their batting skills and make it a strong batting line-up.
Their bowlers haven’t had a great time so far and the side would look for economical spells from Dushmantha Chameera and Mathews with the new ball. Udana and Qais Ahmad have also gone for runs and they will need to bowl tighter lines. Russell brings in lot of experience to this bowling attack and Ashan Priyanjan’s presence adds to the bowling options for the skipper.
Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Thikshila de Silva, Andre Russell, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Qais Ahmad, Amila Aponso
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Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Ashan Priyanjan, KTGD Prasad, Andre Russell, Dushmantha Chameera, Laurie Evans, Dinesh Chandimal, Thikshila de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Qais Ahmad
Dasun Shanaka’s side suffered a massive loss in the last game against the Jaffna Stallions where they went down by 66 runs in what was a poor show from their bowlers. Their batsmen have had a good time but Shanaka would be aware of the batting strength that the Kings have and expect a better show from his bowlers in this contest.
Openers Niroshan Dickwella and Paul Stirling need to provide a solid start after their failure in the last game. Upul Tharanga has missed out in both the games so far and must do well. The middle order pair of Shanaka and Samit Patel look in good touch at the moment and shall need to carry their form forward. Anwar Ali and Lahiru Madushanka shall have to use the long handle well in this game.
Their bowlers had a tough time in the last game and the side would require a promising start with the new ball from Lahiru Kumara and Ramesh Mendis. Anwar Ali too has been expensive and needs to bowl well in thus game. The side would rest its fate on Patel to bring his experience to play and guide the likes of Shanaka and Aftab Alam during the middle overs.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Paul Stirling, Upul Tharanga, Samit Patel, Anwar Ali, Ramesh Mendis, Malinda Pushpakumara, Aftab Alam, Lahiru Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara
Niroshan Dickwella, Pulina Tharanga, Kasun Rajitha, Paul Stirling, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Sachindu Colombage, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Samit Patel, Angelo Perera
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0 mm.||1.64 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|03h||27||0.39 mm.||2.16 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
|06h||28||1.42 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: SSW||99%|
|09h||28||1.30 mm.||2.12 k/h||From: E||100%|
|12h||27||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||1.44 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|18h||26||0.31 mm.||1.23 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|21h||26||0.57 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
There would be partly cloudy skies over Hambantota on December 01. The weather would be hot and humid in the afternoon. The pitch has been an absolutely beauty in the tournament so far where batsmen have played without any fear and little in there for the bowlers. The side batting first would need to target a score in excess of 180 runs to win here.
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota’s wicket is a paradise for the batsmen as the ball comes on to the bat nicely. It is one of the toughest wickets for the fast bowlers with no assistance on offer. Spinners who turn the ball can make use of the slow nature of the surface and have done well in the past.
The pitches in this tournament has been absolutely beauty to bat on and we have seen teams put up giant scores on the board. It is an afternoon game and the ball isn’t expected to do much at the start of the game. The side winning the toss here shouldn’t have any hesitation in batting first.
Dambulla Viiking has weakness with their bowling attack as none of their bowlers have looked threatening so far in the season. Their openers are yet to fire which is another problem area for the side. Colombo Kings on the other hand have held on well to their reputation. They have a very strong batting line-up and a bowling attack that has good depth. This would make them favorites in this game.
Colombo Kings to win