The Jaffna Kings were defeated in Qualifier 1 of the Lanka Premier League 2021-22. It does, however, have the advantage of finishing first in the group stage and will have one more chance to qualify for the Lanka Premier League 2021-22.
It will face the Dambulla Giants, who defeated the Colombo Kings in the elimination round.
The Jaffna Kings easily defeated the Dambulla Giants both times they faced each other in the group stage. This is likely to have an impact on the players’ minds, and they will need to recover from their losses. The Kings, too, would like to rebound from their two-game losing streak. The stakes are high for both teams here, and we expect this game to be a nail-biter.
The match will take place on December 21, 2021, at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota.
Match Details to Note
Match: Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings, Qualifier 2 Match, Lanka Premier League 2021
Date: December 21, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings Team Previews
The Dambulla Giants’ best bowlers in their previous match were Nuwan Pradeep and Imran Tahir. They both took two wickets and kept the run-scoring to a minimum. It was intriguing to see Joshua Little get the start in the previous match. We believe the Giants will keep the same bowling attack now that they have won.
This isn’t the best bowling attack in the world, but it’s also not the worst. We would avoid betting on this bowling lineup because it will be up against a strong batting unit in this match.
Phil Salt, Janith Liyanage, and Najibullah Zadran all delivered solid knocks under pressure to help the Giants cross the finish line in a nail-biting chase. Salt is a player we like a lot, and he could be one of the best bets to be the Top Batsman Dambulla Giants in this match. Along with Najibullah Zadran, he is a good bet for the ‘To Hit A Six’ betting market.
The Dambulla Giants were thoroughly defeated by the Jaffna Kings in the group stage, and we believe they will have to go above and beyond to avoid the same fate this time.
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), Janith Liyanage, Najibullah Zadran, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Sachitha Jayathilake, Joshua Little, Imran Tahir, Nuwan Pradeep
In T20 cricket, it is not uncommon for strong teams to lose games. Because the format is so fast, a bad start can quickly lead to a bad match. However, this does not imply that the Jaffna Kings are a bad team.
We believe their batting lineup is far superior to that of the Dambulla Giants. Avishka Fernando, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shoaib Malik, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and Thisara Perera are all performing well. At this level of cricket, Wanindu Hasaranga is a genuine all-rounder.
We believe Tom Kohler-Cadmore represents good value in the ‘Top Batsman Jaffna Kings’ betting market.
The Jaffna Kings’ bowling unit is excellent. They were put under pressure by Kusal Mendis in the previous match, but we still expect them to respond strongly in this one.
Wahab Riaz, Maheesh Theekshana, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Suranga Lankmal form a more formidable bowling unit than the Dambulla Giants. Hasaranga has been the Jaffna Kings’ leading wicket-taker, and you may want to back him again in the Top Bowler Jaffna Kings betting market.
Jaffna Kings Squad
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (c), Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Wahab Riaz, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana, Upul Tharanga, Usman Shinwari, Shammu Ashan, Praveen Jayawickrama, Krishan Arachchige, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Jayden Seales, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Chamika Gunasekara, Ashan Randika, Rathnaraja Thanuradan
Predicted XI: Thisara Perera (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Wahab Riaz, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana
Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings Toss Prediction
We’ve seen a flat surface that doesn’t change character in the two games we’ve played so far. Bowling conditions are expected to be ideal in the first innings, with batting becoming easier as the game progresses. The team that wins the toss will almost certainly choose to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
In the past, the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium has been a good venue for batsmen. On this surface, they’ve put up a lot of runs. It’s a thankless surface for fast bowlers who get no help from the surface. The track is ideal for spin bowling because it has a lot of turn.
On December 21, there will be overcast skies over Hambantota, with the possibility of showers. The wicket is expected to be good for batting, as evidenced by the last two games played here. In this high-pressure match, the team batting first would need to score at least 170 runs.
Dambulla Giants vs Jaffna Kings Match Prediction
The Dambulla Giants have made a strong start to the 2nd Qualifier, but the team has struggled in recent games. Their regular captain is doubtful for this game, and the team is concerned after losing both games against the Jaffna Kings. The Kings would like to improve on their performance in the previous two games. They have more batting and bowling depth, which would put them ahead of the Giants in this game.
Jaffna Kings is the favourite to beat Dambulla Giants at the odds of 1.55.
- Dambulla Giants had lost both games against the Jaffna Kings during the league phase, and this would weigh on their minds.
- Dambulla Giants’ middle order has been inconsistent, and the team has relied heavily on openers to win games.
- Avishka Fernando, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and Thisara Perera have scored nearly 550 runs between them for the Kings.