Kandy Tuskers’ battle to get it right with the ball
Jaffna Stallions to win
Table toppers Jaffna Stallions would be eying their third win as they meet Kandy Tuskers in the 8th game of the Lanka Premier League 2020. The Stallions come here with a massive win against the Dambulla Viikings and their batting is looking very strong at the moment. As for the Kandy Tuskers they would be happy to have got their first points of the season defeating the Galle Gladiators in the last game.
Kandy Tuskers have a major problem with their bowling attack as in the three games so far their bowlers haven’t really posed a challenge at the opponents. Their batting is strong and the side is dependent on its batsmen. Stallions have several all-rounders in their team and this makes them really strong. It would be interesting to watch if Tuskers can pull out few surprises from their bag.
Thisara Perera led from the front to take his side to the second straight win in the season. They came back from behind to pose a big total on the board thanks to Perera’s heroics and won the game convincingly by 66 runs against the Dambulla Viikings. Perera would now aim for their third straight win to retain their top spot on the points table.
Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka missed out in the last game and shall look to put up a big opening stand. Dhananjaya de Silva, Shoaib Malik and Tom Moores add strength to the middle order and they would look to make quick runs. Thisara Perera played a magical knock in the last game and adds depth to the batting with Wanindu Hasaranga and Chaturanga de Silva who also have good hitting abilities.
Usman Shinwari made a strong impact in the last game with the new ball and shall look to pick early wickets alongside Binura Fernando who also bowled well. Perera was good with the ball as well and so was Wanindu Hasaranga. The side would be expecting a better show with the ball from Duanne Olivier as he has gone for runs in both the games so far.
Thisara Perera (c), Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shoaib Malik, Minod Bhanuka, Tom Moores (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Olivier, Binura Fernando
|C de Silva||29||24||0||2||120.83|
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Duanne Olivier, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanidu Hasaranga, Tom Moores, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Usman Khan, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera
Kusal Perera’s side finally managed to earn their first win of the season. The side defeated Galle Gladiators convincingly by 25 runs in what was yet another strong performance with the bat. This win was perhaps more required to lift their confidence after narrow losses in the first two games. Perera shall look to repeat the same show as they take on the Jaffna Stallions in the next game.
Openers Perera and Rahmanullah Gurbaz played well in the last game and the side would look for a good start from them here. The middle order looks in sublime form as Brendan Taylor, Kusal Mendis and Kamindu Mendis scored runs in the last game. With Asela Gunaratne and Seekkuge Prasanna having their range of strokes batting looks very strong for the side going into this game.
Their bowlers defended the large score convincingly in the end but the skipper would look for a better show in this tough game. Munaf Patel and Dilruwan Perera need to strike early. Dilruwan has bowled well and so has Gunaratne. Nuwam Pradeep also comes here at the back of a good show with the ball. The side would expect a better show from Naveen-ul-Haq who has gone for runs so far.
Kusal Perera (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Brendan Taylor (wk), Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Kamindu Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Naveen-ul-Haq, Munaf Patel
Dilruwan Perera, Naveen-ul-Haq, BRM Taylor, Munaf Patel, Kamindu Mendis, Kusal Perera, S Prasanna, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0 mm.||1.64 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|03h||27||0.39 mm.||2.16 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
|06h||28||1.42 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: SSW||99%|
|09h||28||1.30 mm.||2.12 k/h||From: E||100%|
|12h||27||0 mm.||2.47 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|15h||26||0 mm.||1.44 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|18h||26||0.31 mm.||1.23 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|21h||26||0.57 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
The skies over Hambantota on December 01 would have the odds clouds and it would be a humid evening. The pitch has been a good one to bat so far and the bowlers have had a very tough time so far. The side batting first would need to put up a score of more than 180 runs to feel safe on this surface.
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota is one of the best batting wickets in Sri Lanka as we have seen so far in the tournament. The outfield is fast and allows lots of scoring opportunities. There is no room for error as far as the fast bowlers are concerned but spinners have done well in this venue in the past.
We have so far seen sides put up big scores on the board batting first as the pitch has been an absolutely belter. It does offer some assistance to the bowlers in the second innings when it slows down. The side that wins the spin of the coin should have little hesitation in batting first here.
Kandy Tuskers have done well with the bat but the side has been let down by its bowlers who have failed to put pressure on the opponents. They nearly lost the last game but pulled back in time. It would be a tough contest for them against the Jaffna Stallions who have two big wins in the tournament so far. Stallions’ batsmen and bowlers look in good form at the moment and they would start favorites here to register their third consecutive win.
Jaffna Stallions to win