Galle gladiators have had an underwhelming season. On Monday, they recorded their first victory, courtesy of the five-wicket haul of Mohammad Amir. The Gladiators will look to begin their late surge for a playoff berth with just a handful of games left in the competition.
Out of six games, Dambulla Viiking has nine points and is almost assured of a semi-final spot. Riding on Dasun Shanaka and Samit Patel’s fortunes, the Viikings were brilliant with the bat. In their upcoming match, they will hope for more of the same as well.
In this competition, though the Gladiators are slowly finding their rhythm and could prove to be a handful for Shanaka and Co. At the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, another high-scoring contest, with both teams eyeing a vital win ahead of the all-important semi-finals.
It is predicted to be a chilly night with temperatures in the middle of the 20s.
Despite this being the day’s second match, at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, another high-scoring game is on the cards. In the proceedings, though the pacers should have a say, with some swing and bounce on offer.
For the spinners, there is also a turn on offer, which should make it tough for the batsmen. Both teams would like to chase after winning the toss, considering the existence of the surface and the dew later in the match. At this location, 170-180 should be par.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Perera, Samit Patel, Samiullah Shinwari, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Madushanka, and Kasun Rajitha
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Azam Khan (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Chadwick Walton, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohd Amir, Akila Dhananjaya, Nuwan Thushara
Galle Gladiators vs Dambulla Viiking Dream 11:
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Azam Khan (wk), Angelo Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Malinda Pushpakumara, Anwar Ali, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohd Amir
Galle Gladiators have not yet achieved their strides, but they have a potent squad that can exploit Dambulla Viikings’ weaknesses. Let’s back Galle Gladiators to win this match with BAJI!