The 12th match of Lanka Premier League 2020 will feature the third placed Dambulla Viking and the bottom dwellers Galle Gladiators. The Galle Gladiators were dealt with a huge blow after their skipper Shahid Afridi headed back home owing to a personal emergency and the team is now being led by the Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksha.
The Gladiators are yet to open their account in the LPL 2020 as they have been winless in their four encounters. The Dambulla Viking led by all-rounder Dasun Shanaka is placed in a healthy 3rd place after having tasted defeat only on one occasion.
Viking will be feeling more confident coming into this match as they had a comfortable 5-wicket win over the Kandy Tuskers in their previous game and the players look to be in great touch as they have managed to win three out of the four games.
The Gladiators are having a poor season, losing four out of the four matches played and their previous 5-wicket loss to Jaffna Stallions only adds to their worries.
Can the Dambulla Viking register their 4th win of the season and join the Jaffna Stallions at the top? Or will the Gladiators be able to finally open their account?
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
The conditions are well in favor of cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. The temperatures are expected to be hovering in the range of 30-24 degrees celsius. The Humidity at the peak is expected to reach 87% percent.
As we saw in the last matches, the pitch is more in favor of the batsmen and they have been seeing playing the big shots at will. The bowlers seem to get some spin off the track but that threatens to trouble the batsmen has been seen yet. Said that the pitch has now been used to over 10 matches and it looks very likely to slow down in the coming matches.
The team batting first will be looking to chase down the score as the teams chasing have seen more success in this venue. With the match scheduled to be played at noon, the dew factor will not have much of a role barring the later stages of the second innings.
Viking has not reported any injuries and all the players seem to match fit. The management will be more than happy to go ahead with the same Xl that showcased a match-winning performance against the Kandy Tuskers and will be hoping they have found the balance in their side.
The Galle Gladiators have a lot of issues to address and the main one being that of their bowling line-up. The batting has to some extent clicked for the Gladiators but their bowling has been letting them down. With their key bowler- Mohammad Amir failing to deliver the goods, they would be hoping the bowling unit gets together and strikes.
The absence of their experienced skipper- Shahid Afridi only adds to their list of concerns and they will be looking to include Pakistani pacer Waqas Masqood into the side.
Probable Playing Xl
Dambulla Viking (DVK): Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Samit Patel, Dasun Shanaka(c), Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Samiullah Shinwari, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sachindu Colombage, Kasun Rajitha
Galle Gladiators (GGD): Danushka Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Bhanuka Rajapaksa(c), Dhananjaya Lakshan, Azam Khan (wk), Chadwick Walton, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir/Waqoos Masqood, Akila Dananjaya, Asitha Fernando
DVK vs GGD Fantasy Team
Niroshan DIckwella, Azam Khan, Angelo Perera, Upul Tharanga, Ahsan Ali, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Malinda Pushpakumara, Anwar-Ali, Lakshan Sandakan
Captain Picks: Samit Patel (DVK), Upul Tharanga (DVK)
Vice-Captain Picks: Danushka Gunathilaka (GGD), Dasun Shanaka (DVK)
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