Jaffna Kings (JK) will cross swords with Galle Gladiators (GG) in the 19th match of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday, December 17.

The Thisara Perera-led Kings have been the most dominant side in the ongoing edition of LPL, winning six of the seven matches played so far. With 12 points from seven games, JK are currently leading the LPL 2021 standings.

On the other hand, Galle Gladiators have registered three wins and three defeats while one match was abandoned. Led by Bhanuka Rajapaksa, GG are currently placed second in the points table.

JK vs GG Dream11 prediction

Defending champions Jaffna Kings have a superior record against Galle Gladiators in the Lanka Premier League, winning three of the four matches that they have contested so far. However, the Gladiators beat the Kings by 54 runs in their previous meeting this season. Going by recent form and team combination, JK will start as favourites against GG on Friday.

JK vs GG Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Tom-Kohler Cadmore has been in scintillating form for Jaffna Kings in the ongoing T20 tournament. The 27-year-old has amassed 213 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 148.95 while also maintaining a decent average of 35.50. He has already accumulated 314 fantasy points this season and is expected to add more points to his tally against GG.

Top tip: Best bowler

Maheesh Theekshana has been the wrecker-in-chief for Jaffna Kings in LPL 2021 so far. The right-arm off-break bowler has picked 13 wickets in seven matches at an economy of just 5.92. Having already accrued 443 fantasy points, Theekshana could be a valuable addition to any fantasy cricket team.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Galle Gladiators’ Samit Patel in any fantasy team is a no-brainer. The England all-rounder is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, bagging 17 wickets in seven matches at an economy of 5.14. Patel has also scored 115 runs coming lower down the order.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Upul Tharanga of Jaffna Kings pips Galle Gladiators Mohammed Shamaaz due to his match-winning credentials with the bat. At just 8.5 credits, Tharanga could be a smart pick for this encounter.

JK vs GG probable playing XI

JK playing XI (probable): Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Upul Tharanga (wicket-keeper), Ashan Randika, Thisara Perera (captain), Shoaib Malik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Jayden Seales, Usman Shinwari, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth

GG playing XI (probable): Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (captain), Samit Patel, Mohammed Hafeez, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Mohammed Shamaaz (wicket-keeper), Isuru Udana, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Amir, Pulina Tharanga

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