The Colombo Kings and Galle Gladiators will go against each other one on one. When they met last time, Colombo Kings won the previous battle against Galle in a rain-affected game, where Andre Russell hammered Galle bowlers by scoring 65 runs at a 342 strike rate. It’s challenging to pick Qais Ahmad with his variations, and he’s taken 7 wickets this tournament. They won by 7 wickets against Kandy Tuskers in their previous match and advanced to 2nd place in the standings with 8 points.
Galle Gladiators are struggling to lose all 5 matches in this tournament and are actually on the bottom of the point table. Every game will be a knockout for them. They failed to Dambulla Viiking in their previous match by 9 runs. Skipper Shahid Afridi’s unavailability would affect them going forward. Too many runs with the ball will not help them win the games, so they need to execute their strategy correctly. Danushka Gunathilaka is their main performer with a bat that has scored 3 half-centuries. If they want to step up into the points table, they need to find the right mix.
At the start of the game, scattered downpours are expected, the temperature will range from 27 to 31 degrees Celsius, and the humidity will be 73%.
Although the pitch at the International Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium has slowed down considerably, a high-scoring match is on the cards with 170 being par. There should be some support from the surface to both pacers and spinners, which should keep the batsmen on their toes. Powerplay overs will be crucial, and after winning the toss in this afternoon fixture, both teams will look to bat first.
Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Thikshila de Silva, Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Andre Russell, Tharindu Kaushal, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera, Ashan Priyanjan
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Azam Khan (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Chadwick Walton, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir
Colombo Kings vs Galle Gladiators Dream 11:
Andre Russell (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Azam Khan (wk), Laurie Evans, Milinda Siriwardana, Danushka Gunathilaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohammad Amir
Gladiators have the potential to perform well, but there has been a lack of proper successful teamwork. The right motivation they need to win this game may be to have nothing to lose.
The Kings are batting deeper, and have momentum on their side. They also have a much better bowling lineup, which will make them have the advantage to win over the Gladiators.
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