Jaffna Stallions and Dambulla Viiking are set to lock horns in the fifth match of the ongoing Lanka Premier League. Both teams got off to winning starts. However, Dambulla, led by Dasun Shanaka, got their opening win after rain interrupted play against Kandy Tuskers.
The Viiking won the game by four runs- DLS Method. In their next game, Dambulla need to be much more clinical than before. The Stallions, on the other hand, got off to a decent start after a straightforward triumph against the Galle Gladiators. Avishka Fernando’s career-best T20 score helped them chase 176 runs.
Their death bowling was a bit of a concern last time around. The Viiking have an in-form batting unit and the Gladiators’ bowlers have to be on their toes. Another close match seems to be on the cards.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hambantota has been a bowler’s graveyard thus far. Colombo Kings nearly scored 100 runs off five overs in the rain-curtailed game. The track isn’t expected to change much and yet another high-scoring affair is likely to take place.
The game might be interrupted by rain as there are chances of rain around 5 PM. The temperature will be around the 29 degrees Celsius mark.
Playing Combinations for DAM vs JAF
Upul Tharanga, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Lahiru Madushanka, Dasun Shanaka (C), Samit Patel, Ramesh Mendis, Anwar Ali, Lahiru Kumara, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sudeep Tyagi
Bench– Angelo Perera, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Samiullah Shinwari, Pulina Tharanga, Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka, Sachindu Colombage, Paul Stirling, Aftab Alam, Kasun Rajitha
Avishka Fernando, Shoaib Malik, Tom Moores (WK), Minod Bhanuka, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chaturanga de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Binura Fernando, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Olivier
Bench– Nuwaindu Fernando, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Maheesh Theekshana, Kanagarathinam Kabilraj, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Prabath Jayasuriya, Usman Shinwari, Suranga Lakmal, Charith Asalanka
Probable Top Performers for DAM vs JAF
Niroshan Dickwella– Dambulla Viiking
Niroshan Dickwella has played a number of impressive knocks for Sri Lanka at the international level. In the Viiking’s previous game, he managed 25 runs at a strike-rate of 138.88. He hit two fours and a six before Asela Gunaratne accounted for his wicket.
The southpaw would have been disappointed getting out after getting his eyes in. He will be looking for a substantial score under his belt.
Avishka Fernando– Jaffna Stallions
Avishka Fernando showed a great amount of maturity in the Stallions’ win over the Gladiators. He was finding it hard to time the ball early on, but he didn’t throw his wicket away.
Once he found his feet, he flexed his muscles. The right-hander stayed unbeaten on 92 off 63 balls and his knock was laced with five fours and seven sixes. The Stallions would want the opener to fire yet again.
Average first innings score: 211 (4 matches in LPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1 | Lost- 2 |Tie- 1
Match timings – 03:30 PM local time, 03:30 PM IST
TV – Sony SIX
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Dambulla Viiking 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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