The Galle Gladiators will lock horns with the Jaffna Stallions in the Sri Lanka Premier League’s 9th match. Having lost all three of their last matches, the Galle Gladiators find themselves in a troubling position. A loss in the next game would put their campaign at risk, and it won’t be easy to win against the Jaffna Stallions.
The challenge for the Galle Gladiators was that their batting was just too inconsistent. Players like Danushka Gunathilaka have been fine, but other batsmen have lacked support. They need to get going as soon as possible with Hazratulla Zazai, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Milinda Siriwardene.
The well-known names in the bowling department such as Akila Dhananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammed Amir and Shahid Afridi have not lived up to expectations yet.
On the other hand, the Jaffna Stallions were incredibly good. Thisara Perera appears to be in the form of his life the other way down. A strong batting line up is established by the likes of Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva and Rahman Ullah Gurbaz.
Usman Shinwari has been terrific in the bowling department in the last two games. For Dianne Olivier and Wanindu Hasaranga, they are also doing well as the others. Thisara Perera had flawlessly performed the role of an all-rounder. The Jaffna Stallions look unbeatable in the series so far.
In Hambantota, it will be partially cloudy, but the chance of rain is just 10%. The temperature is about 31 degrees Celsius.
The pitch has slowed down as the series has progressed, but at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, another high-scoring cricket game is expected. Although the dimensions of the field are not going to be kind to them, the bowlers should get some action off the surface.
For the back end, the batsmen would need to hold wickets in hand, with 180 at this venue remaining par. On winning the toss, both teams will look to bat first with the pitch not expected to change much during the game.
Danushka Gunathilaka (c), Azam Khan (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Mohamed Shiraz, Mohammad Amir, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Waqas Maqsood
Thisara Perera (c), Tom Moores (wk), Minod Bhanuka, Avishka Fernando, Shoiab Malik, Dhananjaya de Silva, Duane Olivier, Wanindu Hasaranga, Usman Shinwari, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal
Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Stallions Dream 11:
Danushka Gunathilaka (c), Tom Moores (wk), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Duane Olivier, Usman Shinwari, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir
There is not much to choose between the two sides. The Stallions are at the top form and top the points table, while the Gladiators are still struggling to find the right balance. There’s no doubt of backing the Jaffna Stallions to win Match 9. Let’s back the Stallions to maintain their winning run in the competition with BAJI now!