Kandy Tuskers haven’t had a great outing thus far in the 2020 Lanka Premier League. Out of five matches, they have lost four and have only been able to defeat the Galle Gladiators, who are placed at the bottom of the points table.
Kandy have four batters- Brendan Taylor, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Rahmanullah Gurbaz- who have scored over 100 runs, yet they have kept languishing. In their previous game, Dambulla Viiking pushed them aside by five wickets.
The Tuskers are next set to lock horns with the Colombo Kings in the second of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium in Hambantota. The Kings, on the other hand, are placed in the middle. In their previous game, they rolled over the Jaffna Stallions, beating them by six wickets.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hambantota has been a batsman’s paradise until now. The bowlers haven’t had much in it for them and there hasn’t been much room for error for them either. The dew factor under the floodlights won’t make life easier for them as well. There will be 11 per cent chances of rain with the temperature around the 28 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity will mostly be in the high-80s.
Playing Combinations for KAN vs COL
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Kusal Perera (C and WK), Kusal Mendis, Brendan Taylor, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Munaf Patel
Bench– Vishwa Fernando, Nishan Madushanka, Priyamal Perera, Dale Steyn, Lahiru Samarakoon, Chamika Edirisinghe, Kevin Koththigoda, Irfan Pathan, Ishan Jayaratne, Kaveeshka Anjula
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
Probable Top Performers for KAN vs COL
Kusal Mendis– Kandy Tuskers
Kusal Mendis has been outstanding for the Tuskers, being their leading run-scorer. The young right-hander has notched 188 runs from five games at an average and strike-rate of 47 and 140.29 respectively.
Ever time the Tuskers lost early wickets, he has come in and managed to steady the ship without dropping much sweat. Mendis again has to be on top of his game in the next match.
Laurie Evans– Colombo Kings
Laurie Evans has been a key member of the Kings’ unit. He is someone, who prefers to take the attack to the opposition bowling attack. He bats in the powerplay and makes sure that his team gets off to a flier.
In four matches, the right-hander has notched 116 runs at an average and strike-rate of 38.66 and 173.13 respectively. Colombo will be hoping for another decent knock from him.
Average first innings score: 194 (10 matches in LPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 3 | 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 Kandy Tuskers 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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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