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Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Kings, LPL 2021, Today Match Prediction

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

164/7 in 20.0

8.20 Star

110/10 in 18.4

5.89
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Toss Winner - Jaffna Kings won the toss and chose to bowl first

Galle Gladiators beat Jaffna Kings by 54 runs

Galle Gladiators’ quest for a perfect start to the season

  • Jaffna Kings have a very strong batting line-up with Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Aviskha Fernando, and Thisara Perera in the team
  • Wahab Riaz, Usman Shinwari, and Wanindu Hasaranga make the Jaffna Kings’ bowling attack strong
  • Galle Gladiators have a new-look side, and the players might take time to settle in and play as a unit

Jaffna Kings 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 first game of the 2021 Lanka Premier League, and the defending champions Jaffna Kings would be up against last year’s finalists the Galle Gladiators. It is the first game of the season and both sides would be eager to start on a good note. There are power hitters on both camps, and we expect to see an electrifying start to the tournament. 

The Galle Gladiators had started with five consecutive losses last season, and they would be aiming to get their first points of the season in this game. They have several new players coming in and a good show would be needed from them here. The Jaffna Kings have a well-balanced side, and it would be interesting to see if they can repeat the magic from the last edition.

Galle Gladiators Preview

The side has done well last season to make it to the finals but lost by a huge margin against the Jaffna Stallions. Bhanuka Rajapaksa the new skipper for the side would be looking for a good start to the tournament and want to win here. He would be happy with the strong group of players he is leading and want them to deliver a strong show against the Jaffna Kings. 

The side would like to see a good start from Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis in this game as their opponents have a strong bowling attack. Rajapaksa shall look to steer the innings in the middle with Mohammad Hafeez, Angelo Jayasinghe, and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Down the order, the side would expect to see runs from the bat of Lahiru Maudshanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan, and Isuru Udana. 

They have a strong bowling attack, and the side would like to see the pair of Mohammad Amir and Tabraiz Shasmi strike early with the new ball. Lakshan and Udana would have to bowl tight spells in the middle overs as the Kings have good hitters of the ball in the squad. Hafeez, Gunathilaka, and Maudshanka add variety to this attack, and they would need to play the supporting act.

Galle Gladiators Predicted Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Angelo Jayasinghe, Isuru Udana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Maudshanka, Tabraiz Shamsi

Galle Gladiators Actual Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Isuru Udana, Pulina Tharanga, Noor Ahmad, Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Mohammad Hafeez, Kusal Mendis, Ben Dunk, Nuwan Thushara, Danushka Gunathilaka

Jaffna Kings Preview

Formerly Jaffna Stallions, the defending champions have more or less retained the same squad as last year. They have good hitters at the top and a line-up that bats deep. With a well-balanced combination of spin and pace, the side would be confident about its prospects. Perara would want his side to deliver a strong start to the tournament winning this game. 

Avishka Fernando and Rahmanullah Gurbaz will need to provide a good start as they would face a good bowling attack. In the middle order, they have Upul Tharanga and Shoaib Malik bringing in lots of experience to the side. Thisara Perera had shown good form lower down the order in the last edition and he would look to do the same with  Wanindu Hasaranga and Chaturanga de Silva.

Usman Shinwari would look forward to a tight spell opening the bowling with the highly experienced Wahab Riaz. Perera, Maheesh Theekshana, and Wanindu Hasaranga are well suited for these conditions and they would look to keep things tight in the middle overs. The side would also look forward to good support from Malik and Chaturanga de Silva in this game.

Jaffna Kings Predicted Playing XI:

Thisara Perera (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Suranga Lakmal, Chaturanga de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Wahab Riaz, Maheesh Theekshana, Upul Tharanga

Jaffna Kings Actual Playing XI:

Avishka Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Upul Tharanga, Wahab Riaz, Jayden Seales, Suranga Lakmal, Shammu Ashan, Thisara Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
25
0 mm.
1.02 k/h
From: ENE
18%
03h
27
0 mm.
1.37 k/h
From: ENE
21%
06h
27
0 mm.
1.57 k/h
From: NW
25%
09h
28
0 mm.
4.14 k/h
From: W
25%
12h
28
0 mm.
2.55 k/h
From: W
37%
15h
27
0.43 mm.
0.68 k/h
From: NW
39%
18h
26
1.43 mm.
0.84 k/h
From: NE
47%
21h
26
0.18 mm.
1.68 k/h
From: ENE
23%

Weather Conditions

It will be partly cloudy over Colombo on December 05 and it would be a warm and humid evening. The pitch here has always been flat, and we have seen batsmen score runs easily on this surface. The side batting first in this game would need to target a score of 180 runs to defend it comfortably.

Venue Details

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is a batting-friendly ground with a flat pitch and fast outfield. Big scores have been put up at this venue in the past and we expect to see the same here. The wicket doesn’t have much for the fast bowlers who have gone for runs. Spinners have done well here as the wicket does offer good turn and bounce to them.

Toss: To Bat

The wicket at this venue has produced lots of runs and last year we had seen most sides winning the game by opting to bat first. The side winning the toss in this game shall look to take advantage of the conditions and opt to bat first.

It is expected to be a high voltage contest as two of the top sides in the tournament battle it out in the middle. The Galle Gladiators would have to get the best performance out of their new-look side. They would need a good show from their bowlers to make an impact here. The Jaffna Kings have a well-balanced side with a strong bowling attack, and this would make them favorites in this game.

Jaffna Kings to win

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