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Jaffna Kings face Galle Gladiators challenge in Qualifier 1 - get Lanka Premier League 2021 fantasy tips

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Jaffna Kings (JK) will take on Galle Gladiators (GG) in the first qualifier of the Lanka Premier League 2021 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Sunday, December 19. 

JK vs GG Dream11 prediction 

Jaffna Kings won six matches out of eight this year, making them the most successful team in LPL 2021. They were the first team to qualify for the knockouts, courtesy of consistent performances with both bat and ball.

Meanwhile, with four wins and three defeats, the Galle Gladiators finished second on the points table. In fact, GG are the only team that has beaten Jaffna Kings this year and are the favourites to win this match. 

JK vs GG Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Tom Kohler-Cadmore of Jaffna Kings is the best choice amongst the batters. The Englishman is the leading run-getter for his team, scoring 220 runs in eight innings at a strike-rate of 136 this year. At the top of the order, he is a destructive player who can change the course of a match with ease. Tom Kohler-Cadmore is a worthy inclusion for 9 credits with 327 fantasy points already under his belt. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

Amongst the bowlers, Maheesh Theekshana of the Jaffna Kings is a no-brainer. The mystery spinner has taken 13 wickets across seven games this year and has dismissed a batsman almost every 12 deliveries. With 443 fantasy points in this season, the 21-year-old is not to be overlooked at all costs. 

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Galle Gladiators’ Samit Patel will be the best all-round option for this game. The left-arm spinner is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 15 wickets across eight outings at an economy of 4.96. Patel is also a handy batter and will be expected to anchor the innings in the middle-overs. Samit Patel, who has 588 fantasy points and been selected by 91 percent of fantasy users so far and is a top pick for this matchup. 

Amongst the wicket-keepers, Galle Gladiators’ Kusal Mendis is the best option. Over the course of his eight innings, the 26-year-old has smashed 206 runs at a staggering strike rate of 146. The way Mendis blends caution with aggressiveness makes him a dangerous player at the top of the batting order. Selected by 80 per cent of the fantasy players, Kusal Mendis is a must-have pick for 9 credits. 

JK vs GG probable playing XI

JK playing XI (probable):  Avishka Fernando, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chaturanga de Silva, Ashen Bandara, Wahab Riaz, Suranga Lakmal, Maheesh Theekshana 

GG playing XI (probable):  Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (captain), Mohammed Hafeez, Samit Patel, Sahan Arachchige, Isuru Udana, Pulina Tharanga, Mohammad Amir, Dhananjay Lakshan, Pramod Madushan

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