We have reached the finishing stages of yet another global T20 league- Lanka Premier League 2020. With 8 matches left to go in the league, it is almost now certain that the top three teams in the table- Jaffna Stallions, Colombo Kings, and Dambulla Viiking will make it to the play-offs irrespective of the outcomes of their next matches.
The fourth spot is still wide open for the grabs and the fight will be between the Galle Gladiators and Kandy Tuskers, who have managed to win just a game in this season.
The 16th match of the LPL 2020 is set to take place between the table-toppers Jaffna Stallions and third-placed Colombo Kings. Both the teams have already sealed their play-offs spot. But, the match promises to be an entertaining one as the teams will be fighting it out to cement their place at the top of the table.
Can the Thisara Perera led-Jaffna Stallions to continue their winning run? Or can the Colombo Kings get closer to the table-toppers?
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
We saw the match between Jaffna Stallions and Dambulla Viiking being abandoned due to rain. It does look like the rain will play the spoil-sport again as scattered thunderstorms and rain are expected throughout the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 27-degree range and the humidity at the peak is likely to reach the 76% percent mark.
The pitch has been behaving in favor of the batsmen so far and the runs have been easy to come by. Said that it would be interesting to see how the pitch behaves after the continuous rainfall in the last few days. The continuous usage along with the rainfall is likely to have slowed down the pitch.
As the match is scheduled to be played in late noon, the dew factor is not expected to play any role.
Both the teams have not reported any injuries. Both the teams now having sealed their play-offs spot, will now be looking to test their bench strength and in-process also give the youngsters an opportunity.
Probable playing Xl
Jaffna Stallions (JST): Avishka Fernando, Johnson Charles (wk)/ Chaturanga de Silva, Minod Bhanuka, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Usman Shinwari, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Binura Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Duanne Olivier/ Kyle Abbott
Colombo Kings (CLK): Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Laurie Evans, Thikshila de Silva, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Angelo Mathews (c), Andre Russell, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera/Jeffrey Vandersay, Tharindu Kaushal/Amila Aponso
JST vs CLK Fantasy Team
Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Usman Shinwari
Captain Picks: Andre Russell (CLK), Avishka Fernando (JST)
Vice-captain Picks: Thisara Perera (JST), Dinesh Chandimal (CLK)
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