Jaffna Kings (JK) will take on Kandy Warriors (KW) in the 12th match of the Lanka Premier League 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, December 12. 

JK vs KW Dream11 prediction 

Kandy Warriors have had a disastrous start to their LPL 2021 campaign losing three of their first four matches. They face an uphill task against a team that is currently at the top of the standings. 

Meanwhile, Jaffna Kings have won three of their first four matches and are tipped to defend their title this year. With a good blend of youth and experience at their disposal, the Kings should fancy their chances against a struggling Warriors’ unit. 

Jaffna Kings are strong favourites to win the clash given their dream run this season. 

JK vs KW Dream11 team tips for Lanka Premier League 2021

Top Tip: Best batter

Shoaib Malik of Jaffna Kings is a safe bet amongst the batters. The right-hander has a wealth of experience with over 14,000 runs across 500 matches in T20 cricket. Malik’s ability to mix caution with aggression makes him a lethal player, especially in the middle-overs. Available for 8.5 credits, Shoaib Malik will be an excellent budget pick for this match. 

Top Tip: Best bowler

Among the bowlers, Maheesh Theekshana of the Jaffna Kings is a no-brainer. The mystery spinner is amongst the leading wicket-takers of the tournament this season with eight wickets across four games including bowling figures of 4/25 in the last game against Colombo Stars. Having already accumulated a whopping 270 fantasy points in LPL 2021, the 21-year-old cannot be ignored at any cost. 

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Kandy Warriors’ Kamindu Mendis will be the best all-round option for this game. The off-spinner has picked five wickets across four games this season at an economy of 7.63. With the bat, Mendis has scored 65 runs across four innings and given his credentials with the willow, a big knock from him is round the corner. Selected by 89 per cent of the fantasy users, Kamindu Mendis will be a worthy choice for 9 credits. 

Amongst the wicket-keepers, Jaffna Kings’ Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the best option. The Afghan international is a destructive top-order batter and can single-handedly take apart any bowling lineup in the world. The 20-year-old’s selection by 80 per cent of the fantasy users warrants his inclusion in the fantasy teams despite his low returns in the first four games. 

JK vs KW probable playing XI

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

KW playing XI (probable): Kennar Lewis, Charith Asalanka, Rovman Powell, Kamindu Mendis, Angelo Perera (captain), TM Sampath, Minod Bhanuka (wicket-keeper), Nimesh Vimukthi, Sachindu Colombage, Al-Amin Hossain, Shiraz Ahmed

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