In the eighth game of the Lanka Premier League 2021, the Dambulla Giants would face the Galle Gladiators. Both teams come into this game having won their previous games. The Giants won their last game against the Colombo Stars, which boosts their confidence, while the Galle Gladiators came here with a win over the Kandy Warriors.
The Dambulla Giants’ bowling form has been poor, with the team bowling at high economy rates in all three games. This would be a source of concern for the team going into this match. It will be interesting to see if they can bowl better lines in this game. Both teams are in good form, which makes this a contest to watch.
The match will take place on December 10, 2021, at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Dambulla Giants vs Galle Gladiators, 8th Match, Lanka Premier League 2021
Date: December 10, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Dambulla Giants vs Galle Gladiators Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka’s team put on a strong performance in the previous game. In a high-scoring game, they defeated the Colombo Stars by 18 runs. Their batsmen did an excellent job in putting a big score on the board. Shanaka, on the other hand, would be concerned about the form of his bowlers, who have been in poor form in all of the games played so far. The Gladiators have also come here with a huge win, and the Giants’ captain will be looking for a determined effort from his players.
Phillip Salt and Niroshan Dickwella are in good form, and the team expects them to get off to a good start. Dilshan Munaweera and Sohaib Maqsood were released cheaply, and the team would need a strong performance from them in this game. Najibullah Zadran, Shanaka, and Chamika Karunaratne are all good batsmen, which should boost the team’s confidence.
Their bowlers’ form would be concerning, and they would like to see tight spells and early wickets from Chamika Karunaratne and Nuwan Pradeep. Tharindu Ratnayake bowled excellent spells in the previous game and will look to maintain his form in this game. However, Imran Tahir, along with Ramesh Mendis, would be required to play an important role in this situation.
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, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilshan Munaweera, Sohaib Maqsood, Najibullah Zadran, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Tharindu Ratnayake, Nuwan Pradeep, Imran Tahir
Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s team comes in with a four-wicket win over the Kandy Warriors. This victory has put the team back on track after they were defeated in the previous game. They bowled well to restrict the Warriors to a mediocre total, and after a few hiccups, they easily chased the score. The Giants are a good batting side, and Rajapaksa would like to see his bowlers perform well.
The opening pair of Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis performed admirably in the previous game and will do so again here. With Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk, and Rajapaksa on the side, the middle-order has a lot of experience, and all three will have to play important roles. Samit Patel, along with Lahiru Maudshanka and Dhananjaya Lakshan, is a good hitter who adds punch to the lower middle order.
Samit Patel was fantastic with the new ball in the previous game, and he and Nuwan Thushara would look to strike early in the game given the Giants’ potent top order. Bowlers from Hafeez and Dhananjaya Lakshan would enjoy bowling in these conditions. In this game, Noor Ahmed and Suminda Lakshan must play the supporting roles well.
Galle Gladiators Squad
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk(w), Samit Patel, Bhanuka Rajapaksa(c), Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Isuru Udana, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara, Mohammad Amir, Angelo Jayasinghe, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Kevin Koththigoda, Pramod Madushan, Mohammed Shamaaz, Ashian Daniel, Suminda Lakshan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali
Predicted XI: Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Pulina Tharanga, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara
Dambulla Giants vs Galle Gladiators Toss Prediction
This season, big scores have been made at this venue, and the wicket has been a good one to bat on. It’s an afternoon game, so the best batting conditions would be at the start. The team that wins the toss here will look to capitalise on the conditions by batting first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has been a good hunting ground for batsmen; because the wicket allows them to play their strokes and the fast outfield helps them. The conditions here are extremely difficult for fast bowlers, as there is very little on the surface for them. Spinners love the conditions here because there is a lot of sharp turn.
On December 10, there will be thick clouds over Colombo, and rain is expected to disrupt the game. So far, we’ve seen a flat surface where batsmen have enjoyed their time at the crease. Under these conditions, the team batting first would require 160-170 runs to feel comfortable.
Dambulla Giants vs Galle Gladiators Match Prediction
Given the form of the two teams, it is expected to be a very close game. The Galle Gladiators have been in good form; but they have yet to defeat the Dambulla Giants, which will be on their minds. The Giants’ batsmen are in excellent form; and have put up big scores, which would put them slightly ahead of the Gladiators in this game.
Dambulla Giants is the favourite to beat Galle Gladiators at the odds of 1.75.
- Dambulla Giants’ batting is in good form, with the team scoring more than 190 runs in two of the last three games.
- Galle Gladiators lost both games against Dambulla Giants last season and have never beaten them.
- Phillip Salt and Dasun Shanaka of the Dambulla Giants have scored more than 200 runs between them in three games.