Dambulla Giants (DG) will take on Kandy Warriors (KW) in match 2 of Lanka Premier League 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday, December 6. 

DG vs KW Dream11 prediction 

Dambulla Giants had a great season last year, winning five of the eight league matches before losing to eventual champions Jaffna in the semi-final. With some new and experienced additions to their squad this year, they are one of the teams to beat. 

Meanwhile, Kandy Warriors had a disappointing campaign last season, winning just two of the eight league games. However, they will hope for the new season to turn around their fortunes. 

It is difficult to predict a winner although Dambulla Giants hold a slight advantage given the depth of their side. 

DG vs KW Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Najibullah Zadran of DG is a top batting pick for this clash. The Afghan national is a powerful striker of the cricket ball and has the ability to change the course of the match in a matter of a few overs. The 28-year-old was the leading run-getter for Afghanistan in the recently concluded T20 World Cup with 172 runs in five innings at a strike-rate of 135. At 9.5 credits, Zadran is a worthy pick for this match. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

Imran Tahir will be a great inclusion in the bowlers’ category. The veteran leg-spinner has over 400 wickets in the T20s at an economy rate of under seven runs per over. The South African has the knack of breaking crucial partnerships and is expected to get plenty of assistance from the spin-friendly Colombo surface.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Asela Gunaratne is the best all-round option for this encounter. The 35-year-old was one of the top performers for Kandy last season with 168 runs in eights outings at a strike rate of 141. With the ball, he picked nine wickets at an economy of 7.53. Selected by 89 per cent of the fantasy users, Gunaratne warrants a place in any fantasy team. 

Amongst the wicket-keepers, Niroshan Dickwella of DG is a no-brainer. The southpaw was in breathtaking form last season as he smashed 270 runs in nine innings at a whopping strike rate of 148. Selected by 96 per cent of the fantasy users, Dickwella is a must-have pick for 9 credits. 

DG vs KW full squads 

DG squad: Chamika Edirisinghe, Janith Liyanage, Josh Little, Nuwan Pradeep, Kalana Perera, Chamika Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Odean Smith, Rilee Rossouw, Sohaib Maqsood, Madushan Ravichandrakumar, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Sachitha Jayathilake, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Sacha de Alwis, Muditha Lakshan, Imran Tahir, Najibullah Zadran.

KW squad: Ayana Siriwardena, Amjad Khan, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Nimesh Vimukthi, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Perera (captain), Cameron Delport, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Ishan Jayaratne, Binura Fernando, Asela Gunaratne, Udara Jayasundara, Kamindu Mendis, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mohammad Mithun (wicket-keeper), Shashika Dulshan, Kalhara Senaratne, Rovman Powell, Milinda Siriwardena

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