The 20th and last match of the Lanka Premier League 2020 (LPL 2020) are set to take place between the table-toppers Dambulla Viiking and third-placed Colombo Kings. Both the teams have sealed their play-offs spot and they will be only playing for places.
The last time both the teams faced each other, it was the Viiking who finished on top after managing to win the match by 28 runs. The coin fell in favor of Viiking’s skipper Dasun Shanaka and they chose to bat first. With the help of a brisk fifty by the skipper, himself, and valuable runs from the middle-order they were able to reach a par score of 175.
The Kings in return were clueless after they lost their opener- Dinesh Chandimal for a golden duck and things from there on were down the lane for the Colombo Kings and ended up giving the two valuable points to the Dambulla Viiking.
It is certain that the teams will now be part of the semi-finals but a win here for the Kings could see a rematch between these two in the all-important play-offs.
Can the Viikings stay on top of the table by getting past Angelo Mathews and Co.? Can the Colombo side finish the group stage on a winning note?
Match Toss Time: 19:30 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Start Time: 20:00 Local (20:30 IST)
Match Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
The conditions are well in favor of cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperature is expected to hover in the 27-degree range and the humidity at the peak is expected to reach the 68 percent mark.
The pitch to one’s surprise still looks fresh and good for batting. Said that the rainfall experienced in the last few days looks to have slowed down the outfield. With the pitch still good for batting and the match scheduled to take place in the evening, the dew factor is will once again play a vital role and for that reason team winning the toss should be looking to chase.
The Viikings seem to be doing a great job in the tournament and their reign at the top of the table stands as the proof. Though their only concern would be the form of their opener Paul Stirling, the Irish has not been able to get going this and this match could be an ideal platform for the management to take a decision on him before going into the play-offs.
Colombo Kings have been on the winning side on 4 out of the 6 occasions and have very little to worry about. With no injuries reported and most of the players in good touch, Angelo Mathews and the management will be happy to go ahead with the same Xl that played the last game.
Probable Playing Xl
Dambulla Viiking (DVK): Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Paul Stirling, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka (c), Samit Patel, Samiullah Shinwari, Ramesh Mendis, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Sudeep Tyagi
Colombo Kings (CLK): Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashan Priyanjan, Thikshila de Silva, Andre Russell, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera
DVK vs CLK Fantasy Team
Nirsohan DIckwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Perera, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Isuru Udana, Anwar-Ali, Qais Ahmed, Dushmantha Chameera
Captain Picks: Andre Russell (CLK), Niroshan Dickwella (DVK)
Vice-captain Picks: Dasun Shanaka (DVK), Dinesh Chandimal (CLK)
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