Colombo Kings will take on Jaffna Stallions in the 2020 Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020) on Friday. Colombo Kings have won 2 games out of 3 so far, and another win would strengthen their position in the points table.
Stallions are yet to lose a game in the 2020 Lanka Premier League. They have won all their 4 games so far, and look set to become the first team to qualify for knockouts. They are being led by the in-form Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera. He has led from the front in the tournament, with both bat and ball, hitting 2 fifties and taking 5 wickets so far.
Stallions have a good mix of local and overseas players who are contributing with both bat and ball and making Stallions the best team of the tournament so far. The likes of Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka have been the stars among Sri Lankan players for Stallions.
Kings are another strong team in the tournament, with a world-class all-rounder in Andre Russell who has been in great form in the tournament after he struggled in the IPL 2020. They also have a few talented local cricketers in Dinesh Chandimal and Isuru Udana who look in great nick in the maiden season of Lanka Premier League. They are being led by veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews.
Match Toss Time: 19:30 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Start Time: 20:00 Local (20:00 IST)
Match Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
The weather is going to be hot and humid but cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 24 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius.
Another tall score is predicated on the pitch. As it is an evening clash, dew may play its part. Hence, choosing the field first could be preferred. However, the pitch will stay throughout the 40 overs.
Stallions are riding high on four successive wins and would hope for their winning run to continue. Their skipper Perera is leading by example, with both bat and ball. However, they would need more contribution from their overseas star Shoaib Malik for a better balance of the team. It's a healthy competition among players in Stallions, and hence, it bodes well for them.
Kings have few worries to tackle. They are too reliant on Russell to bail them out. If Russell fails, the Kings are on the back foot straight away. They need their local star players to fire to reduce the dependence on Russell.
Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who is leading the Kings, has blown hot and cold so far this season. He must lead from the front to combat the stiff challenge from Stallions. Otherwise, the Kings have a good mix of players but need a team's effort to win comfortably.
Probable playing XI:
Jaffna Stallions (JST): Minod Bhanuka, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Tom Moores (wk), Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Usman Shinwari, Suranga Lakmal, Duanne Olivier
Colombo Kings (CLK): Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Thikshila de Silva, Angelo Mathews (captain), Ashan Priyanjan, Andre Russell, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera
CLK vs JST Fantasy Team
Laurie Evans (CLK), Avishka Fernando (JST), Dinesh Chandimal (CLK), Andre Russell (CLK) Dhananjaya de Silva (JST), Thisara Perera (JST), Shoaib Malik (JST), Isuru Udana (CLK), Duanne Olivier (JST), Usman Shinwari (JST), Dushmantha Chameera (CLK)
Captain picks: Thisara Perera (JST), Avishka Fernando (JST)
Vice-captain picks: Andre Russell (CLK), Angelo Mathews (CLK)
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