Jaffna Kings will take on Galle Gladiators in a colossal battle for a berth in the final of the Lanka Premier League. Jaffna Kings have been ruthless in the tournament so far. The batters have consistently helped the team post huge runs, while the bowlers have complimented them brilliantly.
The likes of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Avishka Fernando, Thisara Perera, Shoaib Malik have played their roles to perfection. With the ball, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jayden Seales, all have been brilliant. In simple terms, it’s been a complete team effort.
However, somehow Jaffna has looked helpless against Galle Gladiators. They have lost two games in the tournament, both against Galle Gladiators. In the last game, they were bowled out for 109. However, they will not be concerned as the team looks very balanced and you are bound to have a couple of off days in a tournament like this.
Speaking about Galle, they have been very inconsistent. While the bowlers have been brilliant, the batters have let them down. They might have beaten Jaffna twice, but if the batters are not going to perform, it’ll be very hard for them to beat them again.
Pitch Report – The surface has been on the slower side and it is difficult to score against the slower bowlers. With both teams having quality spinners in the team, this could well turn out to be a low scoring affair.
Probable XI Jaffna Kings
Upul Tharanga (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore Shoaib Malik, Avishka Fernando, Thisara Perera (c), Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jayden Seales, Usman Shinwari, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth
Probable XI Galle Gladiators
Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Mohammad Hafeez, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Samit Patel, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Shamaaz (wk), Dhananjaya Lakshan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Amir, Pulina Tharanga
Match – Jaffna Kings vs Galle Gladiators – Qualifier 1
Venue – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Time – 8:00 PM IST
Where to watch live – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV