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Dambulla Viiking vs Galle Gladiators, Lanka Premier League 2020, Today Match Prediction 05 Dec 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

207/4 in 20.0

10.35 Star

198/7 in 20.0

9.90
SCORECARD

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

Dambulla Viiking beat Galle Gladiators by 9 runs

Galle Gladiators’ quest for first win in the season

  • Galle Gladiators have lost all the four games they have played so far and the side is looking in poor form at the moment
  • Dambulla Viiking has won three out of their four games and the side is playing well as a unit
  • Shahid Afridi’s exit from the league is a huge blow to the Gladiators as he was the most valuable player for the side

Dambulla Viiking to win

Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2020 | Format: T20 | Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Toss: To Bat

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Name
JST
CLK
DHK
KDT
GGD
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
5
4
1
0
0
8
1.243
4
3
1
0
0
6
0.236
4
3
1
0
0
6
-0.125
5
1
4
0
0
2
-0.786
4
0
4
0
0
0
-1.11

It is Game No. 12 in the Lanka Premier League 2020 and Galle Gladiators face an uphill challenge as they face the confident Dambulla Viiking. The Gladiators went down to the Jaffna Stallions in the last game in what was another bad show from their bowlers. Dambulla Viiking on the other hand earned their third win of the season as they defeated the Kandy Tuskers. 

The Gladiators haven’t tasted victory in the season yet and have problems compounding on them due to the sudden exit of their regular skipper Shahid Afridi from the tournament. The side would need to regroup to keep its hopes alive for the semifinal. Viiking on the other hand have played well as a team and they would look to retain their position on the points table with a win here.

Dambulla Viiking Preview

Dasun Shanaka’s side has played well this season. They didn’t have the big names in their squad but the side has now moved to the second position on the points table with three wins in four games. They defeated the Kandy Tuskers by 5 wickets in the last game and shall look to exploit the poor form that the Gladiators are in at the moment. 

The side is struggling at the top as openers Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga haven’t been in the best of form and the side would need a good start from them here. In Angelo Perera, Samit Patel and Shanaka they have players doing well in the middle order. With Anwar Ali and Samiullah Shinwari down the order, the batting line-up looks good for the moment. 

The bowling attack has done well in the last two games where Kasun Rajitha and Ramesh Mendis have bowled well. The side would be looking for early wickets from Anwar Ali in the next game. In Sachindu Colombage, Shanaka, Patel and Malinda Pushpakumara they have good depth in their bowling. 

Dambulla Viiking Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Samit Patel, Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Samiullah Shinwari, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sachindu Colombage, Kasun Rajitha

Dambulla Viiking Key Players From Previous Game Of Lanka Premier League 2020

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Perera
67
49
5
3
136.73
D Shanaka
33
23
3
1
143.48
U Tharanga
19
15
2
1
126.67
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
K Rajitha
3.0
0
16
2
5.33
M Pushpakumara
4.0
0
28
2
7
R Mendis
4.0
0
21
1
5.25

Dambulla Viiking Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Ramesh Mendis, S Tyagi, Kasun Rajitha, Samiullah Shenwari, Upul Tharanga, Dasun Shanaka, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Samit Patel, Angelo Perera

Galle Gladiators Preview

Bhanuka Rajapaksa who replaced Shahid Afridi as the skipper in the last game couldn’t turn the fortunes of his side. They went down by 5 wickets against the Jaffna Stallions in what was their best performance so far in the season. Having suffered four consecutive losses the side will have to win this to keep a window of opportunity open for a place in the semi-finals. 

Openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Ahsan Ali did well in the last game and the side would be hoping for a similar show from them in this game. Chadwick Walton did well in the last game and so did Azam Khan. The side would however look for more contributions with the bat from the likes of Rajapaksa and Shehan Jayasuriya as these two players haven’t contributed much so far. 

Jayasuriya and Asitha Fernando bowled well in the last game but the rest of the bowling attack leaked runs and this has been the problem for the side right through the season. Mohammad Amir’s form is bit of concern for the side at the moment and he will have to do well for the side to win here. Dhananjaya Lakshan and Akila Dananjaya would also be expected to bowl well in this must-win game.

Galle Gladiators Predicted Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Azam Khan (wk), Chadwick Walton, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir, Akila Dananjaya, Asitha Fernando

Galle Gladiators Actual Playing XI:

Ahsan Ali, Asitha Fernando, TAM Siriwardana, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shehan Jayasuriya, Mohammad Amir, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Azam Khan, Chadwick Walton

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
26
0 mm.
5.45 k/h
From: WSW
72%
03h
27
0 mm.
5.49 k/h
From: WSW
89%
06h
29
0 mm.
4.72 k/h
From: SW
95%
09h
29
0.69 mm.
7.01 k/h
From: SW
100%
12h
27
0.45 mm.
7.08 k/h
From: SW
100%
15h
26
0 mm.
5.92 k/h
From: WSW
96%
18h
26
0 mm.
4.52 k/h
From: WSW
92%
21h
25
0 mm.
3.96 k/h
From: WSW
50%

Weather Conditions

There would be odd clouds over Hambantota on December 05 but it isn’t likely to be much of a problem for the batsmen as the pitch has been flat. Batsmen have been able to play their strokes with the pitch behaving well here. Batting first a side would have a target score of 180 or more in mind.

Venue Details

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota’s pitch is batting friendly and the fast outfield makes it a paradise for the batsmen as they can easily play their strokes. It is one of the toughest venues to bowl for the fast bowlers as there is no lateral movement on offer. The slowness of the surface does offer good assistance to the spinners who have done well at this venue.

Toss: To Bat

Batting first seems to be the mantra for the sides winning the toss as the pitch has been a great one to bat on so far in the tournament. The wicket is flat and the side that wins the toss in this game would have no hesitation in batting first in this game and putting up a big score on the board.

Galle Gladiators are under immense pressure as they go into the game. The loss of Afridi has come as a body blow to the side as most of their players haven’t played to their potential so far in the tournament. Viiking on the other hand have seen contributions coming in from all quarters and the side has all its bases covered. This will make them favorites as they go into this contest.

Dambulla Viiking to win

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Author: S. Bhatarjee