Dambulla Giants (DG) will lock horns with Galle Gladiators (GG) in the eighth match of Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday, December 10.

Led by Dasun Shanaka, Dambulla Giants have registered two wins in three matches in the ongoing T20 tournament. With four points from three matches, DG are currently placed third in the standings.

On the other hand, Galle Gladiators have also made a good start to their LPL 2021 campaign, winning two of their three matches. The Bhanuka Rajapaksa-led side have secured four points and are currently leading the standings thanks to a better net run-rate.

DG vs GG Dream11 prediction

Dambulla and Galle clashed twice in the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League, winning one match apiece. Both sides head into the upcoming LPL 2021 fixture brimming with confidence. While Dambulla Giants defeated Colombo Stars by 18 runs in their last encounter, Galle Gladiators beat Kandy Warriors by four wickets. Considering the spin-friendly nature of the pitch at R. Premadasa Stadium, GG possess quality spinners in their ranks and will start as slight favourites against DG on Friday.

DG vs GG Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Dambulla Giants’ Philip Salt has been the standout batter in the ongoing Lanka Premier League. The swashbuckling batter has amassed 139 runs in three matches at an impressive strike rate of 190.41. Salt has already registered two fifties in the tournament and is likely to continue his scintillating form against Galle Gladiators in Colombo.

Top tip: Best bowler

Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been destroyer-in-chief for Dambulla Giants in LPL 2021. The 35-year-old has picked seven wickets in three matches at an average of 17.14. Having already accumulated 224 points, Pradeep could be a valuable addition to any fantasy cricket team.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders, Galle Gladiators’ Samit Patel has been impressive in the ongoing T20 tournament. The veteran all-rounder has bagged six wickets in three matches at an economy of just 4.41. Along with his left-arm spin, Patel has also contributed 60 runs coming lower down the batting order. At 9.5 credits, the England cricketer could fetch you decent fantasy points.

Ben Dunk of Dambulla Giants will be the preferred choice over Niroshan Dickwella of Galle Gladiators for the wicket-keeper spot. At just 8.5 credits, Dunk has amassed 83 fantasy points and is also due a big score with the bat. The Australian cricketer could play a match-winning innings on Friday.

DG vs GG probable playing XI

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

GG playing XI (probable): Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Mohammed Hafeez, Ben Dunk (wicket-keeper), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (captain), Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Suminda Lakshan, Noor Ahmad, Nuwan Thushara

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