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Galle Gladiators vs Dambulla Giants, LPL 2021, Today Match Prediction

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Galle Gladiators’ battle to regain form after two defeats

  • Galle Gladiators have lost the last two games they have played, and the side has lacked confidence
  • Galle Gladiators’ middle order is struggling, and the side would need Mohammad Hafeez and Rajapaksa to get over poor form
  • Dambulla Giants’ Phillip Salt and Niroshan Dickwella have been among the top run-getters in the season

Dambulla Giants to win

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

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10
2.389
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-1.155
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The Dambulla Giants would be aiming to reach the second spot on the points table as they take on the Galle Gladiators in the 16th game of the Lanka Premier League 2021. The Giants come here with a big defeat against the Jaffna Kings. The Galle Gladiators also come here with a big loss against the Colombo Stars in their previous game. 

It will be an interesting game given that the battle for a berth in the playoffs is one and both sides shall look to secure their spot with a win here. The Galle Gladiators have lost the last two games and the side would be under pressure. It would be interesting to see the kind of approach the Gladiators adopt in the game as the Giants would look to exploit their weakness. 

Galle Gladiators Preview

It has been two losses in a row for Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s side and this has derailed their campaign. The side suffered a heavy defeat in the last game going down against the Colombo Stars by 41 runs. They have to get their campaign back on track here. The side would expect a good show from its batsmen and bowlers in this game to come out of the setbacks. 

Kusal Mendis has been in sublime form in the tournament and he would have to provide the side with a good start in the company of Danushka Gunathilaka. The middle hasn’t fired in the last two games and the side would need runs from the bat of Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, and Rajapaksa in this game. Isuru Udana, Mohammed Shamaaz and Dhananjaya Lakshan will have to play well in the finishers’ role in this game.  

Mohammad Amir and Samit Patel bowled well in the last game and the side shall look for a good show from them at the start of the game. Isuru Udana has to do well in the middle overs in the company of Lakshan and Noor Ahmed as they bowled poorly against the Colomo Stars which led to their defeat in the last game.

Galle Gladiators Predicted Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Mohammad Hafeez,Samit Patel, Mohammed Shamaaz (wk), Dhananjaya Lakshan, Isuru Udana, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara, Mohammad Amir

Dambulla Giants Preview

Dasun Shanaka’s side would like to put behind the disastrous loss in the last game against the Jaffna Kings. They were bowled out for 69 runs suffering a batting collapse at the start to eventually lose the game by 7 wickets. The side would aim to regain its form here and improve its position on the points table with a win in this game. 

It was a batting collapse for the side and they would need to see runs from Phillip Salt and Niroshan Dickwella at the top. The middle-order trio of Shoaib Maqsood, Nuwanidu Fernando, and Shanaka would need to score runs after failing to occupy the crease in the last game. Tharindu Ratnayake, Chamika Karunaratne, and Ramesh Mendis need to add quick runs in the final overs.

Tharindu Ratnayake and Joshua Little will have to get early wickets as the Galle Gladiators have good hitters of the ball at the top. Imran Tahir has bowled well so far in the tournament and he would have to lead this attack from the front. The side would also look at Nuwan Pradeep and Mendis to keep the scoring under check in this game. 

Dambulla Giants Predicted Playing XI:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Philip Salt, Sohaib Maqsood, Tharindu Ratnayake, Nuwanidu Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Joshua Little, Imran Tahir

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
24
0.46 mm.
2.06 k/h
From: E
100%
03h
25
0 mm.
0.9 k/h
From: E
99%
06h
26
0 mm.
0.21 k/h
From: NE
79%
09h
27
0.25 mm.
2.6 k/h
From: WSW
92%
12h
27
1.50 mm.
2.26 k/h
From: S
100%
15h
26
0.73 mm.
3.25 k/h
From: SE
100%
18h
25
1.90 mm.
1.35 k/h
From: ESE
100%
21h
25
3.97 mm.
1.06 k/h
From: E
99%

Weather Conditions

There would be overcast skies over Colombo on December 14, and we are likely to see rains during the game. Batting conditions would be tougher than what we had seen earlier and the ball is expected to move.  The side batting first would need at least 160 runs on the board.

Venue Details

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is a batsman’s paradise with a flat surface and well complemented by a fast outfield. Fast bowlers haven’t done well here in the past as there isn’t any assistance for them from the surface. Spinners enjoy the conditions on this ground and they have enjoyed a good record.

Toss: To Bowl

The weather conditions would be tricky and we might have a rain disruption during this game. In rain-shortened games sides chasing the score have always enjoyed an advantage and hence we are likely to see the side winning the toss in this game having no hesitation in bowling first.

The Galle Gladiators find their backs to the wall after a good start in the tournament. The side comes here with two consecutive losses and would need runs from the middle order which has fared poorly in the last two games. The Dambulla Giants have looked a better side despite their loss in the last game. They have good strength in their bowling, and this would put the side ahead of the Gladiators in this game.

Dambulla Giants to win

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