Dambulla Giants are set to take on Jaffna Kings in match 14 of the Lanka Premier League (LPL). The Giants are placed second on the points table, while the Kings are placed first. Both teams have shown consistency and exuded confidence. The Giants have won three and lost one in the five games they have played so far. They have seven points onboard.
They are coming off from a tight one-run victory over Colombo Stars. It was an absolute thriller of a game where the bowlers held their nerves to win the game. So far, the Giants have largely relied on bowlers for wins. The batters have been slightly inconsistent. Phil Salt has been good but others have failed to notch up back to back scores.
Jaffna Kings though have ticked all the boxes so far. The batters are in red hot form and the bowlers have complemented them brilliantly. Skipper Thisara Perera has led from the front with the bat, while Shoaib Malik, Tom Kohler Cadmore have also played their part. In the bowling, Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana have been phenomenal, taking seven and eight wickets respectively.
As the LPL has progressed, the Colombo pitch has got better for batting. The underlying nature of the surface is slow thus spinners are a real threat.
Probable Playing XIs
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Philip Salt, Sohaib Maqsood, Tharindu Ratnayake, Najibullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka (c), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Sachitha Jayathilake, Nuwan Pradeep, Imran Tahir
Upul Tharanga (wk), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Ashen Bandara, Thisara Perera (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana, Wahab Riaz
Head-to-Head (This season)
Played – 1 | Dambulla Giants – 0 | Jaffna Kings– 1 | N/R – 0
Match – Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings – Match 14
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date and Time – 13 December, 02:00 PM GMT / 07:30 PM IST
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV