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Dambulla Giants vs Kandy Warriors, LPL 2021, Today Match Prediction

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

190/7 in 20.0

9.50 Star

170/8 in 20.0

8.50
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Toss Winner - Dambulla Giants won the toss and chose to bat first

Dambulla Giants beat Kandy Warriors by 20 runs

Kandy Warriors’ search for a perfect start against Dambulla Giants

  • Dambulla Giants have a known group of players and most of them have performed well as a unit last season
  • Kandy Warriors have a new-look side and most of the players haven’t played together in the past posing a challenge
  • Dambulla Giants have an experienced bowling attack with Imran Tahir, Marchant de Lange, and Nuwan Pradeep on the side

Dambulla Giants to win

Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka | Toss: To Bat

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It is the 2nd game in the Lanka Premier League 2021 and the Dambulla Giants would be up against the Kandy Warriors. The Giants had a good season last year and made it to the semis while the Kandy Warriors finished at the bottom of the points table. It will be the first game of the tournament for both teams and they would like to set off well. 

The Kandy Warriors have gone in with a new group of players and a new captain and it would be interesting to see if these players can write a different script for the side this season after the horrid time they had last year. The Giants have retained most of the players from the last season and know each other’s game and this would be an advantage for them going into this game.

Dambulla Giants Preview

Dasun Shanaka continues as the skipper for the franchise which has changed its name from Dambulla Viikings. They had done well in the league stages last season and lost out in the semis. Shanaka would look to improve upon that performance this season. They have a good balance in the side and Shanaka would like to earn the first points of the season here. 

The side would be hoping to see a good start from Niroshan Dickwella and Najibullah Zadran as both these players are good hitters of the ball and Zardan has done well in recent weeks in Abu Dhabi. In the middle order Sohaib Maqsood, Dilshan Munaweera, and Shanaka would need to set up partnerships. They have good finishers in the side with the likes of Kalana Perera, Tharindu Ratnayake, and Marchant de Lange to follow.  

The side would be confident with its bowling attack as de Lange and Nuwan Pradeep brings in experience to the side and shall aim for a good start. Imran Tahir would be expected to work his magic in the middle overs for the side in this game and these conditions would offer him an advantage. Chamika Karunaratne, Shanaka and Tharindu Ratnayake add good bowling options for the side.

Dambulla Giants Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Imran Tahir, Marchant de Lange, Dilshan Munaweera, Kalana Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Chamika Karunaratne, Sohaib Maqsood, Tharindu Ratnayake

Dambulla Giants Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Imran Tahir, Ramesh Mendis, Sacha De Alwis, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Phil Salt, Nuwanidu Fernando, Sohaib Maqsood, Najibullah Zadran, Chamika Karunaratne

Kandy Warriors Preview

The side has a poor season last year in its early avatar as Kandy Tuskers. They won just two games and finished at the bottom of the points table. The new skipper Asela Gunaratne would want to put that poor show behind and start the season on a positive note. They have assembled a good team for this season and the skipper would want his players to play their natural game. 

The new opening pair of Tom Banton and Rovman Powell would have to set the perfect platform for the side with a good partnership. In the middle order, they have Cameron Delport, Angelo Perera, and Gunaratne to steer the innings and add runs at a good pace. The likes of Milinda Siriwardana, Charith Asalanka, and Kamindu Mendis will look to free their arms towards the end of the innings. 

The side would look for a good show with the new ball from Lahiru Kumara and Mohammad Irfan. They need to get early wickets for the side to win the game. Binura Fernando will look to make the best use of the slowness on the surface and also expect good support from the likes of Asalanka, Gunaratne, and Kamindu Mendis.

Kandy Warriors Predicted Playing XI:

Asela Gunaratne (c), Tom Banton (wk), Rovman Powell, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Binura Fernando, Mohammad Irfan, Angelo Perera, Milinda Siriwardana

Kandy Warriors Actual Playing XI:

Al-Amin Hossain, Kamindu Mendis, Kennar Lewis, Devon Thomas, Lahiru Kumara, Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Sachindu Colombage, Angelo Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Ishan Jayaratne

HR
Temp
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W. speed
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Clouds
00h
25
0.56 mm.
2.17 k/h
From: ENE
36%
03h
27
0 mm.
1.69 k/h
From: ENE
65%
06h
26
0 mm.
1.87 k/h
From: WNW
55%
09h
27
0.64 mm.
2.54 k/h
From: WNW
81%
12h
27
0.80 mm.
1.29 k/h
From: W
96%
15h
27
0.83 mm.
0.78 k/h
From: W
100%
18h
26
0.18 mm.
2.08 k/h
From: NE
100%
21h
25
0.16 mm.
2.42 k/h
From: NE
82%

Weather Conditions

The skies over Colombo would be partly cloudy on December 6 but it isn’t likely to affect the game. We expect to see a flat surface where batsmen would be able to play their natural game. Big scores have been chased here and the side batting first would need a minimum of 180 runs on the board to feel safe.

Venue Details

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo has been a high-scoring venue. The wicket is flat, and the fast outfield allows batsmen to score runs in boundaries. It is a tough wicket for the fast bowlers, and they must use their variations to succeed. Spinners have done well as the ball stops on the batsmen at times and turns a lot.

Toss: To Bat

In the past, most teams have preferred to bat first winning the toss at this venue. The wicket allows easy run-scoring and big scores have been made here. The side winning the toss in this game would like to take advantage of this and opt to bat first in this game. 

Kandy Warriors would be looking for a positive start to the season. They had started poorly last year and never recovered from that. Their new-look batting line-up would have to deliver in this game for the side to win. The Dambulla Giants have better balance in the side and a bowling attack that has lots of experience and this would put them slightly ahead of the Warriors in this game.

Dambulla Giants to win

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