Dambulla Giants face reigning champs Jaffna Kings - get Lanka Premier League 2021 fantasy tips and predictions
Jaffna Kings (JK) will lock horns with Dambulla Giants (DG) in the fourth match of Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday, December 7.
The Thisara Perera-led Kings started the new LPL campaign on a disappointing note as they suffered a 54-run defeat against Galle Gladiators on Sunday.
On the other hand, Dambulla Giants are playing Kandy Warriors in their opening match of the tournament at the time of writing.
JK vs DG Dream11 prediction
Jaffna have a superior head-to-head record against Dambulla in the Lanka Premier League, winning two of the three matches played between these sides in the inaugural edition of the T20 tournament. Although defending champions Jaffna Kings (earlier known as Jaffna Stallions) lost their opening match, they will start as favourites against Dambulla Giants on Tuesday.
JK vs DG Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021
Top Tip: Best batter
Dambulla Giants opening batter Philip Salt smashed 64 runs off just 27 balls against Kandy Warriors in their first match of the ongoing tournament. The 25-year-old was in staggering form in the recently concluded Abu T10 League, amassing 344 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 240.55 and an average of 31.27. Salt is likely to continue his impressive form against Jaffna Kings on Tuesday.
Top tip: Best bowler
Jayden Seales was impressive for Jaffna Kings in the opening match of Lanka Premier League 2021. The West Indies fast bowler picked three wickets for just 23 runs in his quota of four overs. At just 8.5 credits, Seales will be a valuable addition to any fantasy cricket team.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, one must pick Wanindu Hasaranga of Jaffna Kings. The 24-year-old all-rounder was the highest wicket-taker in Abu Dhabi T10 League 2021, bagging 21 wickets in 12 matches at an economy of 8.47. Hasaranga also has the capability to score valuable runs lower down the order and is a must-have in any fantasy cricket team.
For the wicket-keeper spot, Jaffna Kings’ Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the preferred choice over Niroshan Dickwella due to his match-winning credentials with the bat. Gurbaz was the third-highest run-getter in the recently concluded edition of Abu Dhabi T10, amassing 343 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 214.37.
JK vs DG probable playing XI
JK playing XI (probable): Upul Tharanga, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Avishka Fernando, Shammu Ashan, Thisara Perera (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Wahab Riaz, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana, Jayden Seales
DG playing XI (probable): Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Philip Salt, Najibullah Zadran, Sohaib Maqsood, Sacha de Alwis, Nuwanidu Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Ramesh Mendis, Imran Tahir, Nuwan Pradeep
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