Match six of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) will see Colombo Stars taking on Dambulla Giants. The stars are coming off from a close four-wicket victory in their first match. It was a good collective performance from the team. The bowlers did their part by keeping Galle Gladiators to 110. Dhananjaya de Silva was excellent with the ball and picked up two wickets for 18 runs. Other bowlers like Dushmantha Chameera and Akila Dananjaya also did well.
Later, in the tricky run-chase, Dinesh Chandimal and David Wiese held their never to take the team over the line. The only concern for Stars would be the lack of runs from the top order. Pathum Nissanka, Tom Banton, and Kusal Perera have to come good.
On the other hand, the Giants suffered an eight-wicket loss against Jaffna Kings. The Giants could post only 110, with none of the batters showing any resistance against Kings’ bowlers. There was no venom in the bowling as well as Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Avishaka Fernando saw off the run-chase inside 15 overs. The likes of Phil Salt, Nirosha Dickwella and Najibullah Zadran need to take the onus of taking the team to a big score.
The surface in Colombo has been on the slower side, with spinners dominating the proceedings.
Avg score: 146 (4 matches in T20Is at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2, N/R – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Pathum Nissanka, Tom Banton, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Sherfane Rutherford, Dhananjaya de Silva (c), Seekkuge Prasanna, David Wiese, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Akila Dananjaya
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Philip Salt, Lahiru Udara, Dasun Shanaka (c), Najibullah Zadran, Nuwanidu Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir
Match – Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants– Match 6
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 03:00 PM IST, 09:30 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV