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Colombo Kings vs. Kandy Tuskers || Lanka Premier League 2020 || Match Prediction

Lanka Premier League 2020 Match 1

Colombo Kings vs. Kandy Tuskers Thu, 26th November

LPL 2020 Match Prediction

The inaugural match of Lanka Premier League is all set to commence this Thursday in Sri Lanka. Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, all matches of LPL 2020 will take place in closed doors at the same location.

We will witness Kandy Tuskers, and Colombo Kings fight it out in the first t20 game at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota. Trouper all-rounder Angelo Mathews will captain Colombo Kings whereas firecracker Kusal Perera will lead Kandy Tuskers.

Colombo Kings have been able to put collected a rock-hard team. The side has numerous national heroes as well as big foreign names. Hence we foresee, Colombo Kings will play heavy on Kandy Tuskers in this inaugural game.

Colombo Kings will win this game.

Team Preview

Kandy Tuskers are bruising with the absence of Chris Gayle and Liam Plunkett. While ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle drew out because a commercial indulgent couldn’t be touched with the sponsors, English pace bowler Liam Plunkett won’t be available owing to international promises. Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir too had to be substituted after he tested positive for COVID-19.

On the other hand, the Kings have been looking established under the leadership of former Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. Despite a mediocre performance in IPL, Steyn’s inclusion in their side will lift the Kandy Tuskers, and they’ll be eager that he can roll back the years and yield some match-winning bowls for them.

Andre Russell, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal will be up against the proficient foursome of Irfan Pathan, Dale Steyn, Nuwan Pradeep and Munaf Patel.

Nevertheless, it will be a challenge amongst the Colombo Kings’ star-studded batting roster and Kandy Tuskers’ scorching pace attack. It will all add up to which team can set the competition on the back foot early on. Early wickets or big score in the powerplay overs are certain to put the burden on the team receiving the action.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The game will be played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on 26th November. The beginning of the season means that the wicket in Hambantota will be new and hard. While the batters will appreciate the ball coming on to the bat and then striking through the line, pace bowlers will get some buying off the wicket early on. There shall be movement of the ball in the air upfront.

The implication of the dew factor is not known yet, so the skipper winning the toss should choose to bat first and put about 160 runs on the board. Our Match Prediction forecasts that teams will opt to the bat first on winning the toss. Therefore, the toss will be critical.

Key Players to watch:

  • All-rounder Andre Russell, strike bowler Isuru Udana, and skipper Angelo Mathews of Colombo Kings will be key players to watch in this match.
  • Pacer Nuwan Pradeep, young gun Kusal Mendis and veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan of Kandy Tuskers will be key Player to watch in this match.