Jaffna Stalliions, Colombo Kings lock horns in heavyweight clash
Expect Colombo Kings to edge past Jaffna Stallions.
Jaffna Stallions will be looking to retain their top spot in the competition when they take on Colombo Kings in the 18th game of 2020 Lanka Premier League at Hambantota on Thursday.
In their previous fixture, Jaffna Stallions suffered shocking defeat against Kandy Tuskers. Skipper Thisara Perera will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes and make a strong comeback in this final round-robin game of the competition.
On the other hand, Colombo Kings will also be looking to win their final game of the group stages and adequately prepare themselves for the semifinals of the competition. Captain Angelo Matthews might have to come with better bowling plans in order to stop Jaffna’s star-studded batting lineup.
The side will not make any changes to their playing XI for their game against Colombo Kings. In their previous encounter, Jaffa Stallions won the toss and opted to bat first. In-form opener Avishka Fernando perished in the opening over of the innings.
Wicket-keeper Johnson Charles and Charith Asalanka put on a 32-run partnership in a bid to rebuild the innings.
Johnson Charles and Charith Asalanka failed to capitalize on their good starts and perished in quick succession to see Stallions reduced to 42 for 3 after 4.4 overs.
All-rounder Shoaib Malik managed to find form with the bat and notched up his maiden half-century in Lanka Premier League. He stitched a crucial partnership of 59 runs with Minod Bhanuka to push Stallions beyond 100-run mark after 13 overs.
For Stallions, Malik played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 59 runs off 44 balls with the help of five fours and one six, He was well supported by Bhanuka, who chipped in with 21 runs off 22 balls.
Tail-ender Usman Shinwari scored crucial runs in the later stages to see Jaffna Stallions post 150 runs in their 20 overs.
In the bowling department, leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was the best bowler on display against Kandy Tuskers. He claimed two wickets and conceded 23 runs in his four overs. Suranga Lakmal and Duanne Olivier also claimed one wicket each.
Avishka Fernando, Johnson Charles (wk), Minod Bhanuka, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Usman Shinwari, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Charith Asalanka, Suranga Lakmal, Duanne Olivier
Maheesh Theekshana, Duanne Olivier, Binura Fernando, Thisara Perera, Charith Asalanka, Tom Moores, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Johnson Charles, Shoaib Malik, Wanidu Hasaranga
The franchise will be looking to bring their A-game to the table in the all-important clash against Jaffna Stallions. With four victories to their name, Colombo Kings are currently lying third in the league table.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Dinesh Chandimal, Laurie Evans and Angelo Mathews to deliver the bulk of the runs. In the previous game played against Galle Gladiators, Dinesh Chandimal scored 35 runs off 20 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.
For Colombo Kings, Daniel-Bell Drummond played exceedingly well against Galle Gladiators and finished the innings with the top-score of 44 runs off 36 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Lower order comprising of Andre Russell, Thikshila De Silva and Isuru Udana chipped in with vital scores to see Colombo Kings post a competitive 171 runs in their 20 overs.
Thikshila De Silva chipped in with 27 runs off 17 balls with the help of one four and two sixes, whereas Isuru Udana scored 21 runs off 10 balls with the help of one boundary and two sixes.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Qais Ahmed, Dushmantha Chameera and Isuru Udana to pick up key wickets for the side in this contest.
Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashan Priyanjan, Thikshila de Silva, Andre Russell, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera/ Dhammika Prasad, Tharindu Kaushal
|T de Silva||27||17||1||2||158.82|
Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Ashan Priyanjan, PHT Kaushal, Andre Russell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Dushmantha Chameera, Laurie Evans, Dinesh Chandimal, Thikshila de Silva, Qais Ahmad
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0 mm.||4.01 k/h||From: NNE||28%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||4.03 k/h||From: NNE||81%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||3.29 k/h||From: NE||78%|
|09h||30||0 mm.||4.07 k/h||From: ENE||63%|
|12h||28||0.38 mm.||2.98 k/h||From: ENE||72%|
|15h||26||0.11 mm.||4.26 k/h||From: NE||89%|
|18h||25||0 mm.||5.58 k/h||From: NE||79%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||5.42 k/h||From: NNE||97%|
With thundery showers expected in the afternoon, the wicket will certainly suit the batting units. The bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in wet conditions.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Colombo Kings registered a comfortable six-wicket win over Jaffna Stallions.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first. The last three fixtures played at Hambantota have been won by sides batting second.
Based on current form, Colombo Kings might be slight favorites to win their game against Jaffna Stallions. Colombo King have a superior batting unit in comparison to Jaffna Stallions, who relied heavily on the likes of Avishka Fernando and Thisara Perera to make notable contributions.
On the other hand, Jaffna Stallions will have to come up with a clinical bating performance in order to overcome Colombo Kings.
Expect Colombo Kings to edge past Jaffna Stallions.