The second semi-final of the Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020) will feature the Dambulla Viikings and Jaffna Stallions. The thriller is scheduled to be played at the Mahindra Rajapaksa International stadium on Monday. Dambulla finished 2nd at the points table after the group stages. Jaffna Stallions finished one place below them.
Both the teams have faced each other on two occasions but one of them was called off due to persistent rain. The first meeting though was a one-sided affair as the Stallions managed to score a whopping 218 runs. The Viikings never looked threatening in the chase and ended up on the losing side by 66 runs.
The match does promise to be a close one as both the teams look very tough to separate on sheets. The Dambulla Viiking have a very good batting line- up. While the Stallions are better off with their bowling. The contest does promise to be an exciting encounter. Who do you think can prevail in this all-important knockout match?
Match Toss Time: 18:30 Local (18:30 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:00 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
The conditions are once again ideal for cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the day. Both the temperature and humidity are expected to be on the higher side, as the temperature is expected to be hovering in the range of 31-2 degrees Celsius, and humidity at the peak is likely to reach the 68 percent range.
Hambantota has been all about the runs and the curators have been done a fantastic job to keep the pitch intact despite the heavy usage. With not much for the bowlers, we are likely to once again watch a high-scoring game.
With the match scheduled to be played in the evening, the dew factor could play a major role, and for that reason, the team winning the toss should be looking to chase down.
Dambulla Viiking has one of the best batting line-ups in the tournament and will be hoping they can dominate the Stallions bowlers. The management has not reported any injuries and likely to go ahead with the team that played against Colombo Kings in the last match of their group stage.
Jaffna Stallion was dealt with an enormous blow in form of Avishka Fernando. The 22-year old has been in impeccable form and his absence will have a huge impact on the team. Said that they do have experienced batsmen on their side- Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera. The team will be hoping their top-order gives them a good start.
Probable Playing Xl
Dambulla Viiking (DVK): Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Paul Stirling, Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka (c), Samit Patel, Samiullah Shinwari, Ramesh Mendis, Malinda Pushpakumara, Kasun Rajitha, Anwar Ali
Jaffna Stallions (JST): Johnson Charles (wk), Tom Moores, Shoaib Malik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera (c), Charith Asalanka, Chaturanga de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Duanne Olivier
DVK vs JST Fantasy Team
Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Perera, Shoaib Malik, Johnson Charles, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Suranga Lakmal
Captain Picks: Wanindu Hasaranga (JST), Dasun Shanaka (DVK)
Vice-captain Picks: Niroshan Dickwella (DVK), Thisara Perera (JST)
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