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Toss Winner - Colombo Stars won the toss and chose to bat first
Colombo Stars beat Galle Gladiators by 41 runs
Colombo Stars’ battle to survive in the tournament
Galle Gladiators to win
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The 13th game of the Lanka Premier League 2021 would be an interesting one. The Galle Gladiators would be up against the Colombo Stars in the game. The Gladiators suffered a loss against the Kandy Warriors in the last game owning to poor batting efforts. The Colombo Stars come here with a heartbreaking loss against the Dambulla Giants.
The Colombo Stars have lost the last three games in a row and this would hurt their confidence. The side has to regain its strengths and win this game to keep hopes alive for a berth in the next round. They had defeated the Gladiators earlier and this would give them some positivity and make this game interesting.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa would be extremely upset to have lost the last game against the Kandy Warriors by 5 wickets. Their batsmen failed to occupy the crease putting up only 127 runs on the board. They had lost against the Colombo Stars earlier and Rajapaksa shall look to exploit the weakness that the Stars have shown in the last three games.
Kusal Mendis has scored runs in most games and he would have to provide the side with a good start in the company of Danushka Gunathilaka. In the middle order, they would like to see runs from the bat of Ben Dunk, Mohammad Hafeez, and Rajapaksa in this game. They have good depth in their batting with Samit Patel, Lahiru Maudshanka, and Dhananjaya Lakshan in the team.
The side would look for good spells with the new ball from Mohammad Amir and Dhananjaya Lakshan who did well in the last game. Patel has bowled well consistently, and he shall have an important role to play in this game. Noor Ahmed and Nuwan Thushara must make good use of the conditions and exploit the lack of form in the Stars’ camp.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara, Suminda Lakshan
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mohammed Shamaaz, Isuru Udana, Noor Ahmad, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Samit Patel, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Thushara, Danushka Gunathilaka
It was a heartbreak for Dhananjaya de Silva’s side in the last game against the Dambulla Giants. They came close to a win only to fall short by 1 run. A batting collapse at the top resulted in the loss for the team. They find themselves in deep trouble with three straight losses and need to win this game to move up on the points table. Having defeated the Gladiators earlier would give them some confidence.
Openers Kusal Perara and Tom Banton have been in poor form and the side would need a better show from them here. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal did well in the last game and they would have to steer the innings in the middle order along with Ashan Priyanjan. Sherfane Rutherford is a good hitter and he would need to deliver big blows down the order.
Ravi Rampaul has impressed on his return to the side and shall look to do well alongside Seekkuge Prasanna who has enjoyed good form with the new ball. Dushmantha Chameera will need to show more consistency opening the bowling for the side. They would also like to see a good show from the likes of Naveen-ul-Haq and Jeffrey Vandersay as the Gladiators have good hitters of the ball.
Dhananjaya de Silva (c), Kusal Perera, Tom Banton, Ashan Priyanjan, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Rampaul, Jeffrey Vandersay
Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, S Prasanna, Ashan Priyanjan, Ravindu Fernando, Ravi Rampaul, Naveen-ul-Haq, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Tom Banton
The skies over Colombo would be cloudy and we might see spells of rain during the game on December 12. The track has been flat, and batsmen have scored runs easily. It has been difficult for the bowlers so far and under the weather conditions, the side batting first would need 170 runs on the board.
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is a batsman’s paradise. The wicket is flat, and the fast outfield allows batsmen to score runs easily at this venue. Spinners have done well in the past as the wicket does offer good assistance to them. Fast bowlers generally struggle as there isn’t much for them on this wicket.
We have predictions for bad weather and the side chasing the scores always has an advantage in these conditions. The ball has been difficult to grip in the second innings and this would be on the minds of both sides at the toss. The side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first in this game.
Colombo Stars find themselves in deep trouble with three consecutive losses. The last game’s loss would hurt the side more. They will gave to win the mental battle here and regroup as a unit and play their natural game. The Gladiators are also coming here with a loss and the side would like to get things back in order. They have a strong bowling attack and this would put them slightly ahead of the Stars in this game.
Galle Gladiators to win
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