Colombo Kings started the 2020 Lanka Premier League with a couple of resounding victories. However, Dambulla Viiking beat them by 28 runs, giving them a reality check. In their last game, their bowling did a reasonable job, restricting the opponent to 175, but then their batters couldn’t garner any momentum.
The team is currently placed in the second position in the points table. The Stallions, on the other hand, have clearly been the standout team in the tournament. The team, captained by Thisara Perera, are sitting pretty on top of the ladder.
With four wins from as many matches, they are the only unbeaten team in the championship. Their net run rate of 1.662 shows how dominant they have been. In their previous game, they beat Galle Gladiators by five wickets.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hambantota has been a belter for batting until now. The batsmen have been able to play their stroke freely without much trouble. The bowlers haven’t had much to cheer for on the batsman’s paradise.
Batting first should be the way forward. The playing conditions will be cloudy with the temperature around 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be around the high-70s.
Playing Combinations for COL vs JAF
Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Thikshila de Silva, Andre Russell, Angelo Matthews (C), Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera, Amila Aponso
Bench– Kalana Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Navod Paranavithana, Himesh Ramanayake, Tharindu Ratnayake, Karm Sadiq, Manpreet Gony, Jeffrey Vandersay, Tharindu Kaushal
Avishka Fernando, Shoaib Malik, Tom Moores (WK), Minod Bhanuka, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chaturanga de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Usman Shinwari, Duanne Olivier, Suranga Lakmal
Bench– Nuwaindu Fernando, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Kanagarathinam Kabilraj, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Prabath Jayasuriya, Charith Asalanka, Kyle Abbott, Binura Fernando
Probable Top Performers for JAF vs KAN
Laurie Evans– Colombo Kings
Laurie Evans has been the standout batter for the Kings thus far in the tournament. In three matches, the right-hander has 102 runs at an average and strike-rate of 51 and 178.94 respectively.
He has both been consistent and aggressive in approach. In the previous encounter against the Viiking, he played a lone hand, but it wasn’t enough for his team to get over the finishing line.
Wanindu Hasaranga– Jaffna Stallions
Wanindu Hasaranga has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in Sri Lankan cricket in the last one and half years. In the LPL 2020, he has been one of the primary reasons behind the Stallions’ surge.
In four games, the leg-spinner has seven wickets at a stupendous economy rate of 5.12. Moreover, with the bat, he has 46 runs at a strike-rate of 219.04, playing some crucial knocks.
Average first innings score: 202 (8 matches in LPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1 | Lost- 6 |Tie- 1
Match timings – 08:00 PM local time, 08:00 PM IST
TV – Sony SIX
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Colombo Kings to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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