Rains have been a factor in the last two games and it seems that the story will remain the same in the coming weeks as well. Dambulla Viikings will take on the Jaffna Stallions in the LPL 2020.
Both the teams have a win in their bank and will be keen to win their second in a row. Duanne Olivier was fabulous with the ball while Kyle Abbott will also hope that his performances get even better in the upcoming contest. Shoaib Malik did well while Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, and Wanindu Hasaranga did not get an opportunity to prove themselves.
Who will win their second game in a row? What do you think?
Match Toss Time: 15:00 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 15:30 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.
It seems that rain will play a bigger part in the game than the players as the previous day witnessed several alterations in both the games. Passing showers are anticipated but hopefully, this will be decent to carry on a game of cricket. The temperature may fall on the lower side of 30 while humidity up to 70% is expected.
The pitch is a den for batsmen and their domination was evident in the opening games of the tournament. With rains almost evident, dynamics would change and it is really not in the hands of anyone to see how the pitch behaves on match day.
With the game being scheduled in the afternoon, the dew factor is ruled out.
DVK are a strong batting unit and their performance in the first game proved it very clearly. Despite any huge contribution from the top order, the Viikings managed to put up 195 on the board. Since the pitch is flat and brilliant to bat on, the bowlers had to give their all to protect the score.
Samiti Patel and Dasun Shanaka were the pillars in the middle order who held the team strong and showed the strength and quality of their middle-order.
Since Oshan Fernando has been injured, players like Niroshan Dickwella will have to come forward and take responsibility. Lahiru Kumar and Anwar Ali were the picks of the bowlers who finished the job well for the team, and perhaps this game may come as a test for their bowling department.
For the JST too, it was a "Fernando" who did the job as Avishka helped the team to chase 176 without any problem. They managed a win with 8 wickets in hand and a repeat of the same would be required on Monday.
Probable Playing XI
Dambulla Viiking (DVK): Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Paul Stirling, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka (c), Samit Patel, Samiulla Shinwari, Kasun Rajitha, Anwar Ali, Lahiru Kumara, Sachindu Colombage.
Jaffna Stallions (JST): Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Tom Moores (wk), Shoaib Malik, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Duanne Olivier, Kyle Abbott, Chaturanga de Silva, Binura Fernando.
DVK VS JS Fantasy Team
Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Shoaib Malik, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Duanne Olivier, Binura Fernando, Kyle Abbott, and Anwar Ali.
Captain Picks: Dasun Shanaka (DVK), Avishka Fernando (JST)
Vice-captain Picks: Duanne Olivier (JST), Thisara Perera (JST)
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