Battle for survival for Kandy Tuskers and Galle Gladiators
Kandy Tuskers to win
It will be a game of the bottom hunters in the Lanka Premier League 2020 as Kandy Tuskers take on the Galle Gladiators. Kandy Tuskers come into this game after a loss against the Dambulla Viiking in their last game which was affected by rain while the Galle Gladiators went down against the Colombo Kings in what was a one-sided contest.
Both these sides would be under immense pressure to win this contest after suffering two losses in both their games so far. One more loss would dent hopes for a title win. With the stakes being high for both teams, we expect this to be a good contest as neither of the teams can afford to end up with another loss.
It has been two losses in two games for Kusal Perera’s side and the skipper would be upset with losses by close margins in both the games. They lost against the Dambulla Vikings in the last game by 4 runs and went down against Colombo Kings in the Super Over in their opening game. Perera would want his players to hold on to their nerves in crunch moments of the game and win it.
Perera and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have looked good opening the batting and the side would be expecting a good start from them here. In Kusal Mendis, Kamindu Mendis and Asela Gunaratne the side has good strength in the middle order. They would be expecting good contributions from Priyamal Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna going into this game.
Bowling wise they haven’t yet been able to put their plans to action and here in this game the side would need early wickets from Nuwan Pradeep and Naveen-ul-Haq. Both of them have leaked runs in two games. Kaveeshka Anjula too hasn’t been able to bowl his tight line and shall need to come up with. Dilruwan Perera, Gunaratne and Prasanna looked good with the ball and add to the bowling options for the side.
Kusal Perera (c & wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Priyamal Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kaveeshka Anjula
Dilruwan Perera, Naveen-ul-Haq, BRM Taylor, Munaf Patel, Kamindu Mendis, Kusal Perera, S Prasanna, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Shahid Afridi’s side is under pressure as they go into this game. They have lost both their matches so far and need to win this one to rise up on the points table. One more loss would make things tough for them for the rest of the season. They went down against Colombo Kings by 34 runs in the last game. Afridi would be expecting a better show from his bowlers as they have let the side down in both the games.
Danushka Gunathilaka and Hazratullah Zazai would need to provide a good start to the side. They haven’t contributed much so far. Azam Khan and Dhananjaya Lakshan have to do well in the middle overs. The side would take confidence from Afridi’s form with the bat and he would have to make contributions down the order with Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Milinda Siriwardana in this game.
It is their bowling attack that has been a big let-down so far. Mohammad Amir has to bring his experience to play alongside Asitha Fernando with the new ball. Mohamed Shiraz, Afridi and Milinda Siriwardana will have to keep the line tight during the middle overs as they have been bowling too many lose balls allowing the opponents to score quickly.
Shahid Afridi (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Hazratullah Zazai, Azam Khan (wk), Dhananjaya Lakshan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Mohamed Shiraz, Mohammad Amir, Asitha Fernando
Akila Dananjaya, TAM Siriwardana, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shehan Jayasuriya, Mohammad Amir, Hazratullah Zazai, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohamed Shiraz, Azam Khan, SMSK Afridi
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||25||0 mm.||2.96 k/h||From: NNE||85%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||2.72 k/h||From: N||87%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||1.44 k/h||From: NNW||75%|
|09h||29||1.46 mm.||1.19 k/h||From: SE||56%|
|12h||28||2.30 mm.||1.07 k/h||From: SW||78%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||1.47 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|18h||26||0 mm.||1.31 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|21h||26||0 mm.||0.73 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
It would be slightly cloudy over Hambantota on November 30. The evening would be warm and we expect to see another flat wicket that would produce lot of runs. Batsmen would be able to play their strokes without any fear on this surface. The side that bats first would need at least 180 runs on the board to feel comfortable on this wicket.
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota is a paradise for the batsmen as a good pitch and fast outfield helps their cause. It is a very tough wicket for the fast bowlers with no seam moment on offer. Spinners have done well here in the past as the odd ball turns sharply.
The pitches have so far been great to bat and sides batting first have put up imposing totals on the board. Bowlers have struggled on these surfaces so far in the games that we have seen. The side that wins the toss is most likely to opt for batting first here and aim at a big total on the board.
It will be a high pressure contest for both the sides as they would be looking to earn their first points for the tournament. Galle Gladiators seem to be in a mess as far as their bowling attack is concerned and none of their bowlers have so far looked threatening for the opponents. Kandy Tuskers have played well so far and haven’t had results in their favor. Comparing strengths of the two sides the Kandy Tuskers seem to be slightly ahead in terms of form and talent.
Kandy Tuskers to win