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Toss Winner - Jaffna Kings won the toss and chose to bat first
Jaffna Kings beat Colombo Stars by 102 runs
Colombo Stars Himalayan challenge against Jaffna Kings
Jaffna Kings to win
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BatBet Now
We are in the final leg of group games in the Lanka Premier League 2021 and the Colombo Stars would be up against the Jaffna Kings in the 17th game. The Jaffna Kings come here with another convincing win against the Dambulla Giants while the Colombo Stars grabbed the game from the jaws of defeat against the Kandy Warriors.
The Jaffna Kings would be confident coming into this contest with five consecutive wins. Their batsmen have looked in good form and the bowlers have delivered under pressure. It will be a tough battle for the Colombo Stars who are struggling with the form of their top order. It would be interesting to see if the side can win this contest.
It has been consecutive wins for Angelo Matthew’s side, and they come here with a thrilling 5-wicket win against the Kandy Warriors. Matthews’ return has reignited spirits in the camp, and he would look to lead the side from the front. It would be a tough battle against the Jaffna Kings and the Stars’ skipper would like to see his side put their best foot forward.
Matthews look slightly rusty in the last game, and he would aim to deliver a strong start opening the batting with Pathum Nissanka in this game. Ashan Priyanjan, Thikshila de Silva, and Sherfane Rutherford would look to add runs in the middle. The side would also expect runs from Dinesh Chandimal and Seekkuge Prasanna whose 30 of 6 balls snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.
Ashan Priyanjan and Seekkuge Prasanna showed good form with the new ball in the last game, and they would have to strike early considering Jaffna’s batting form. Naveen-ul-Haq and Dushmantha Chameera would need to bowl tight spells in the middle overs for the side to win here. The team would also need Ravi Rampaul to make use of his experience in this game.
Angelo Mathews (c), Pathum Nissanka, Ashan Priyanjan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thikshila de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Rampaul
Naveen-ul-Haq, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Keemo Paul, Ravi Rampaul, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Tom Banton, Jeffrey Vandersay
There seems to be no stopping for Thisara Perera’s side. They have won the last five games and booked a berth in the playoffs. It was a convincing win for the side against the Dambulla Giants where they restricted the opponents to 69 runs and chased the target with 7 wickets in hand. Perera would look for a win in this game and build momentum ahead of the next round.
The opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Avishka Fernando hasn’t been in the best of form and the side would look for a positive show from them. The middle order is strong for the side with Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ashen Bandara, and Shoaib Malik having played well. In Perara, Chaturanga de Silva, and Wanindu Hasaranga they have big hitters of the ball and this would add to the side’s confidence in this game.
On the bowling front, Maheesh Theekshana and Hasaranga have shown good form so far and they would look to strike early in this game. Chaturanga de Silva was brilliant in the last game and he would aim to carry this momentum into the next game. In Malik and Bandara the side has good support bowlers and they would aim to make it tough for the Colombo Stars to score runs.
Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga (wk), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Jayden Seales, Usman Shinwari
Maheesh Theekshana, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ashan Randika, Ashen Bandara, Jayden Seales, Upul Tharanga, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga
We would see thick clouds over Colombo on December 16 and the weather is expected to have an impact on the batting conditions. The wicket has been flat, but bowlers would get more assistance out of the surface. The side that bats first in the game would aim to put a score of 160 runs on the board.
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is one of the best grounds for batsmen in the world. The flat wicket and the fast outfield allow them to score runs easily on this surface. Spinners have enjoyed a good record here in the past and overcast conditions do offer some assistance for the fast bowlers who have otherwise struggled at this venue.
It is an afternoon game, and the trend so far has been for sides winning the toss to bat first. Batting conditions are expected to be at their best at the start of the game. The side winning the toss here isn’t likely to have any hesitation in opting to bat first.
Colombo Stars have made a strong comeback with two consecutive wins. But the side is struggling with the form of the top order. Most of their batsmen at the top have been inconsistent and this is where the side would look for improvements. The Jaffna Kings have been in sublime form with the bat and the ball, and this would make them outright favorites to win this contest.
Jaffna Kings to win
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