In the sixth match of the Lanka Premier League 2021, the Colombo Stars would face the Dambulla Giants. The Stars got off to a good start with a win over the Gladiators in their previous game, and they’d like to keep that momentum going in this one. The Giants, on the other hand, are coming off a crushing defeat to the Jaffna Kings.
The Dambulla Giants will be concerned about their bowlers’ form, as they have performed poorly in both games this season. They would face a significant challenge against the Stars, who have a potent batting lineup. It’s still early in the tournament, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top here.
The match will take place on December 8, 2021, at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants, 6th Match, Lanka Premier League 2021
Date: December 08, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants Team Previews
Dhananjaya de Silva led his team to a convincing victory over the Galle Gladiators in the previous game. They bowled well to limit the Gladiators to a low total, and the team was clinical during the chase. The captain of the Stars would like to see improvements from his top-order, which struggled in the previous game. A win here puts them in a good position for the rest of the season.
Tom Banton and Pathum Nissanka didn’t have much of an impact in the previous game, but they’ll be crucial here. Kusal Perera was also acquired cheaply, and the team would like to see him perform well in the middle order alongside Sherfane Rutherford and de Silva. They have strong hitters in Dinesh Chandimal and David Wiese, which should boost their confidence in this game.
Dushmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya de Silva were excellent with the new ball in the previous game, and more of the same is expected. In the middle overs, Akila Dhanajaya and Seekkuge Prasanna used the conditions to their advantage, forming a lethal pair. With Naveen-ul-Haq and Wiese on the side, the side has good depth in this department.
Colombo Stars Squad
Chris Gayle, Dushmantha Chameera, Ahmed Shehzad, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Manpreet Gony, Gihan Rupasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, TM Sampath, Nuwanidu Fernando, Jehan Daniel, Hashan Dumindu, Kanagarathinam Kabilraj, Malindu Maduranga, Nalin Priyadarshana
Predicted XI: Dhananjaya de Silva (c), Pathum Nissanka, Tom Banton, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Sherfane Rutherford, Seekkuge Prasanna, David Wiese, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Akila Dananjaya
Dasun Shanaka’s side lost by 8 wickets in their last game against Jaffna Kings due to a poor batting performance. The Giants’ coach would be disappointed in himself for upsetting the winning combination in the first game of the season. They would face a difficult challenge against the Colombo Kings, who have already shown good form, and the team would need to put in more effort here.
Phillip Salt and Niroshan Dickwella will need to get off to a good start, as they did well in the previous game and have a variety of strokes. The middle-order is yet to strike form and the side would need runs from Nuwanidu Fernando, Lahiru Udara, and Shanaka. They have powerful strikers of the ball to follow in Najibullah Zadran, Chamika Karunaratne, and Ramesh Mendis.
Their bowling attack has looked out of shape in both games so far. Imran Tahir and Marchant de Lange made good use of their experience in the previous game, and the team would rely on them to deliver. Mendis, Karunaratne, and Nuwan Pradeep leaked runs, and they must perform well because the team’s bowling depth is limited.
Dambulla Giants Squad
Dasun Shanaka (c), Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, Chamika Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Ramesh Mendis, Sohaib Maqsood, Odean Smith, Joshua Little, Nuwan Pradeep, Najibullah Zadran, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udara, Muditha Lakshan, Kalana Perera, Janith Liyanage, Chamikara Edirisinghe, Sacha De Alwis, Sachitha Jayathilake, Madushan Ravichandrakumar
Predicted XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Philip Salt, Najibullah Zadran, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Imran Tahir, Nuwanidu Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Udara, Marchant de Lange
Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants Toss Prediction
The game will be played in the afternoon, and batting conditions are expected to be excellent at the start. In these conditions, most teams have batted first and put up big totals. In this game, the team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is an excellent venue for batsmen. They can play their strokes easily because of the flat surface and fast outfield. It is a difficult venue for fast bowlers because the wicket provides no support. Because the ball tends to turn sharply, spinners benefit greatly from the track.
On December 8, there would be a thin cloud cover over Colombo. The surface is flat, and there isn’t much for bowlers to do. Batsmen can play the ball on the up, and we’ve already seen some big scores in this tournament. Under these conditions, the team batting first should aim for a total of 170-180 runs.
Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants Match Prediction
The Dambulla Giants have suffered a significant defeat. The team is struggling with the ball, which will be a major issue as they face a very strong batting line-up. Their batsmen would also have to recover from their abysmal performance in the previous game. The Colombo Stars put on a clinical performance in their last game, which will boost their confidence. They have more depth with the bat and the ball than the Giants, which would put them ahead of them.
Colombo Stars is the favourite to beat Dambulla Giants at the odds of 1.75.
- Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dhananjaya, and Seekkuge Prasanna are all in good form for the Colombo Stars.
- Dambulla Giants have bowled at an economy rate of more than 9 runs per over in two games, which will concern the team.
- Dambulla Giants lack bowling depth due to a lack of good all-rounders, which is a disadvantage.