The Dambulla Giants will face the Kandy Warriors in the second game of the Lanka Premier League 2021. The Giants had a successful season last year, reaching the semi-finals, while the Kandy Warriors finished last in the points table. It will be both teams’ first game of the tournament, and they hope to get off to a good start.
The Kandy Warriors have a new group of players and a new captain this season, and it will be interesting to see if these players can write a different script for the team this season after a disastrous season last year. The Giants have retained the majority of their players from last season, and they are familiar with each other’s game, which will give them an advantage in this game.
The match will take place on December 6, 2021, at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Dambulla Giants vs Kandy Warriors, 2nd Match, Lanka Premier League 2021
Date: December 06, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Dambulla Giants vs Kandy Warriors Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka remains the captain of the franchise, which has renamed itself Dambulla Viikings. Last season, they performed well in the league stages but fell short in the semi-finals. Shanaka hopes to improve on his performance last season. They have a good balance in the team, and Shanaka hopes to earn the first points of the season here.
The team will be hoping for a good start from Niroshan Dickwella and Najibullah Zadran, as both are good ball hitters, and Zardan has done well in recent weeks in Abu Dhabi. Sohaib Maqsood, Dilshan Munaweera, and Shanaka would need to form alliances in the middle order. They have strong finishers in the squad, including Kalana Perera, Tharindu Ratnayake, and Marchant de Lange.
The team would be confident in its bowling attack, as de Lange and Nuwan Pradeep bring experience to the team, and would like to get off to a good start. In this game, Imran Tahir will be expected to work his magic in the middle overs for the side, and the conditions will favour him. Chamika Karunaratne, Shanaka, and Tharindu Ratnayake are all capable bowlers for the side.
Dambulla Giants Squad
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilshan Munaweera, Kalana Perera, Sohaib Maqsood, Najibullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Imran Tahir, Nuwan Pradeep, Marchant de Lange, Joshua Little, Janith Liyanage, Muditha Lakshan, Lahiru Udara, Chamikara Edirisinghe, Tharindu Ratnayake, Sacha De Alwis, Sachitha Jayathilake, Madushan Ravichandrakumar
Predicted XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Imran Tahir, Marchant de Lange, Dilshan Munaweera, Kalana Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Chamika Karunaratne, Sohaib Maqsood, Tharindu Ratnayake
Last year, the team was known as Kandy Tuskers and had a bad season. They only won two games and finished last in the standings. Asela Gunaratne, the new captain, would like to put that poor performance behind her and start the season on a high note. They’ve put together a good team for this season, and the captain wants his players to play their natural game.
With a good partnership, the new opening pair of Tom Banton and Rovman Powell would have to lay the groundwork for the side. They have Cameron Delport, Angelo Perera, and Gunaratne in the middle order to steer the innings and add runs at a nice pace. Milinda Siriwardana, Charith Asalanka, and Kamindu Mendis, for example, will look to free their arms towards the end of the innings.
The team would like to put on a good performance with the new ball from Lahiru Kumara and Mohammad Irfan. They must get early wickets if they are to win the game. Binura Fernando will look to capitalise on the surface’s slowness, and he can expect strong support from Asalanka, Gunaratne, and Kamindu Mendis.
Kandy Warriors Squad
Philip Salt, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Charith Asalanka, Angelo Perera, Rovman Powell, Milinda Siriwardana, Kamindu Mendis, Asela Gunaratne (c), Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Mohammad Irfan, Ahmed Shehzad, Al-Amin Hossain, Ishan Jayaratne , Cameron Delport, Kamil Mishara, Shashika Dulshan, Kalhara Senarathne, Sachindu Colombage, Ayana Siriwardhana, Nimesh Vimukthi
Predicted XI: Asela Gunaratne (c), Tom Banton (wk), Rovman Powell, Lahiru Kumara, Kamindu Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Binura Fernando, Mohammad Irfan, Angelo Perera, Milinda Siriwardana
Dambulla Giants vs Kandy Warriors Toss Prediction
At this venue, most teams have preferred to bat first after winning the toss. The wicket is conducive to run-scoring, and big scores have been recorded here. The team that wins the toss in this game will want to take advantage of this and bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has a high scoring record. The flat pitch and fast outfield allow batsmen to score runs in boundaries. It’s a difficult wicket for fast bowlers, and they’ll need to use their variations to succeed. Spinners have done well because the ball sometimes stops on the batsmen and turns a lot.
The skies over Colombo will be partly cloudy on December 6, but this is unlikely to have an impact on the game. We anticipate a flat surface on which batsmen can play their natural game. Big scores have been chased here, and the team batting first would need at least 180 runs to feel safe.
Dambulla Giants vs Kandy Warriors Match Prediction
Kandy Warriors would like to get off to a good start to the season. They got off to a shaky start last year and never recovered. For the team to win, their new-look batting lineup would have to perform. The Dambulla Giants have better balance in the side and a more experienced bowling attack, which would put them slightly ahead of the Warriors in this game.
Dambulla Giants is the favourite to beat Kandy Warriors at the odds of 1.90.
- Dambulla Giants have a well-known group of players, with the majority of them performing well as a unit last season.
- Kandy Warriors have a new look and most of the players haven’t played together before, which will be a challenge.
- Dambulla Giants have an experienced bowling attack that includes Imran Tahir, Marchant de Lange, and Nuwan Pradeep.