The Colombo Kings will lock horns against Dambulla Viiking in today’s Lanka Premier League. By winning two back-to-back matches, the Kings are off to a flying start in this competition. They won their first match in a super over by 4 runs against Kandy Tuskers. They won their second match in 34 runs against Galle Gladiators, thanks to some exceptional power-hitting from all-rounder Andre Russell. Angelo Mathews and his men are looking all set to continue in the same way for the following games.
Dambulla Viiking, on the other hand, began the tournament with a 4-run win against Kandy Tuskers due to the D/L format. But they didn’t bowl well in their second match and justifiably suffered a 66-run loss against the Jaffna Stallions. Oshada Fernando is out with an injury from the tournament, and it’s the most significant setback for them. Like Samit Patel, Anwar Ali, and Paul Stirling, they have an excellent bunch of overseas players. Skipper Dasun Shanaka has shown in the last couple of matches what he is capable of doing with the bat. Overall, the team is well-balanced, and they need to play according to their abilities now.
At the beginning of the match, scattered rain is predicted. The temperature is around 29 to 27 degrees Celsius, and the humidity is going to be 78%.
With not much support on offer for the bowlers, another high-scoring game beckons at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium. The ground plays into the hands of the batsmen, while there are a minimal swing and bounce available for the pacers.
The batsmen should bat comfortably with the ball coming. At this venue, 170-180 should be a fair average, with both teams looking to bat first upon winning the toss.
Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Thikshila de Silva, Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Andre Russell, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmad, Dushmantha Chameera, Amila Aponso
Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Paul Stirling, Upul Tharanga, Aftab Alam, Samit Patel, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara
Colombo Kings vs Dambulla Viiking Dream 11；
Andre Russell (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Upul Tharanga, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Laurie Evans, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara, Malinda Pushpakumara, Qais Ahmad
Dambulla Viiking has a batting unit packed with strength and has also demonstrated what they are capable of. With sufficient depth in both the departments and Dasun Shanaka shining with the bat, while it’s still early stages in the Lanka Premier League, the Viiking look set for a playoff spot. They’ll increase their chances against the likes of the Colombo Kings. Let’s back Dambulla Viiking to win the match today at BAJI now!