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Colombo Stars, Dambulla Giants clash in LPL 2021 Eliminator - get fantasy tips and predictions

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Colombo Stars (CS) will take on Dambulla Giants (DG) in the Eliminator of the Lanka Premier League 2021 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday, December 19. 

CS vs DG Dream11 prediction 

Colombo Stars had an underwhelming season this year with four wins and four losses. They finished third in the standings after falling behind the net run-rate to Galle Gladiators. 

Meanwhile, Dambulla Giants just about managed to make it to the playoffs on the back of three wins from eight outings. However, they hold a slight edge in this match having won both their group fixtures against the Colombo Stars. 

CS vs DG Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Philip Salt of Dambulla Giants is the best batting choice for this game. The Englishman has smashed 247 runs across eight innings this season at a whopping strike-rate of 151. The 25-year-old is a destructive top-order batter with the ability to change the course of the match in a matter of a few overs. With 390 fantasy points already to his name, Philip Salt is a must-have pick for this match. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

Amongst the bowlers, Imran Tahir of the Dambulla Giants will be the best option. The leg-spinner has bagged 13 wickets in seven innings so far this season at a miserly economy of 5.92. The South African veteran has the knack of breaking partnerships at important junctures and has picked up two or more wickets in each of his last four matches in LPL 2021. Tahir will be a player to watch out for in this game. 

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Colombo Stars’ Seekkuge Prasanna will be a crucial pick for this match. The 36-year-old has 12 wickets in seven innings this season and registered figures of 2/17 the last time these two sides met. Prasanna is also a powerful hitter down the order and has the ability to score runs at a brisk pace. Selected by 82 per cent of the fantasy users, Seekkuge Prasanna is the best budget pick for this encounter. 

Amongst the wicket-keepers, Colombo Stars’ Dinesh Chandimal is a no-brainer. The 32-year-old is currently the leading run-getter in the tournament with 275 runs in eight outings with 451 fantasy points to his name. Chandimal will hold the key for the Stars in this all-important knockout fixture and will be a worthy inclusion for 9 credits.   

CS vs DG probable playing XI

CS playing XI (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Tom Banton, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva (captain), Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Chandimal (wicket-keeper), David Wiese, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Akila Dananjaya

DG playing XI (probable): Philip Salt, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Dilshan Munaweera, Sohaib Maqsood, Najibullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Tharindu Ratnayake, Nuwan Pradeep, Imran Tahir

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