- Saiman Das
Lanka Premier League: The fourth match of the season will be between the Kandy Warriors and Galle Gladiators. It will be the second match for the Warriors and the third for the Gladiators.
The match will take place on Tuesday, 7th December at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo and will start at 7:30 PM(IST).
You can catch the live telecast of this game on Sony Ten and Sony Six. Also, the live streaming will be available on the Sony LIV app and website.
Kandy Warriors started their campaign against Dambulla Giants. The Giants made 190 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. Niroshan Dickwella and Philip Salt added 97 runs for the first wicket and gave the team a start capitalized by the middle-order batters.
Dickwella made 37 runs, and Lahiru Kumara dismissed him for 37 runs off 23 balls in the 8th over. However, Salt made sure the team reached a competitive total with his 64 runs off 27 innings. The Warriors could make only 170 runs and lost eight wickets in reply. They lost the match by 20 runs.
Galle Gladiators opened their account in the tournament after defeating Jaffna Kings by 54 runs. Gladiators made 164 runs for the loss of seven wickets. The bowlers then restricted Kings to 110 runs and helped the team win the match by 54 runs.
In the second game against Colombo Stars, the batters ultimately failed to do the designated task. While batting first, Gladiators scored 116 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Ben Dunk made 38 runs off 25 balls and was the highest scorer. The Stars chased down this total in 17.3 overs with four wickets remaining in hand.
There has been no injury update from any side regarding a player.
Asela Gunaratne, Kennar Lewis, Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Perera (c), Devon Thomas (wk), Ishan Jayaratne, Al-Amin Hossain, Kamindu Mendis, Sachindu Colombage, Lahiru Kumara
Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Mohammad Hafeez, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Lahiru Madushanka, Samit Patel, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Thushara, Pulina Tharanga, Noor Ahmad
Both teams have played only a single game in the Lanka Premier League. Galle Gladiators won that match.
Rovman Powell made 42 runs off 21 balls in the first game against Dambulla Giants. His innings took the team near to the target. His presence in the middle-order makes the team look solid.
Lahiru Kumara picked three wickets in the first match. He gave away just 34 runs in four overs. His spell was why the Warriors were able to restrict the opponent to a total below 200 runs.
Ben Dunk was the highest scorer for Gladiators in the last game against the Colombo Stars. He made 38 runs off 25 balls in that game.
Samit Patel won the player of the match award in the first game. He has been exceptional with both the bat and the ball in recent times. However, he could not do the work for the team in the last match. Hence, Patel would be looking to deliver an excellent performance in this game.
Wicketkeeper: Devon Thomas
Batsmen: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kennar Lewis, Charith Asalanka, Rovman Powell
All-rounders: Samit Patel (c), Lahiru Maduushanka, Pulina Tharanga (vc)
Bowlers: Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara
Wicketkeepers: Ben Dunk
Batsmen: Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kamindu Mendis, Rovman Powell
All-rounders: Mohammad Hafeez (vc), Samit Patel (c), Pulina Tharanga
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara, Sachindu Colombage
The last evening game at this venue was a low-scoring encounter, and that might be the case for this game as well.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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