Galle Gladiators will face Colombo Stars in match 3 of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) on Monday (December 6). Gladiators got off to a winning start in their first match as they beat Jaffna Kings by a big margin of 54 runs. It was a clinical display by the team, with skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Samit Patel being the chief architects of the win.
Former England all-rounder, Patel shined with the ball as he managed to pick three wickets for just 21 runs. He also scored 42 runs and helped the team set a target of 165 runs. Earlier, Bhanuka Rajapaksa also scored a half-century to help the team recover from a shaky start. Gladiators have momentum with them and will hope to continue their winning streak against Colombo Stars.
Stars are being led by Angelo Matthews. The Lankan all-rounder brings a huge amount of experience and knows how to handle pressure situations. He is a smart operator and also very flexible in the batting lineup. However, there is uncertainty about his participation in the tournament owing to an injury.
Namibian all-rounder David Weise is also available for stars. The 36-year-old is in a rich vein of form and helped Namibia reach the Super 12 stage. Weise hitting prowess, coupled with his economical bowling in the middle overs makes him a valuable asset in the shortest format. Stars would be hoping the Namibian all-rounder gets going. Other than him, Tom Banton, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford makes Stars a very dangerous unit.
The Premadasa surface in Colombo will favour spin. Also, the wicket is expected to get slow as the match progresses. However, dew might nullify the slowness of the surface.
Probable Playing XIs
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Pulina Tharanga, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara
Tom Banton, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal/Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Matthews (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Akila Dananjaya, Seekuge Prasanna, Ravi Rampaul/Keemo Paul/Naveen ul Haq David Wiese, Ashan Priyanjan
Match – Colombo Stars vs Galle Gladiators – Match 3
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 07:30 PM IST
Where to watch live – Sony Six, Sony LIV