2020 Lanka Premier League – Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions taking place? Monday 30th November, 2020 – 10:00 (UK)

Where is Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions taking place? MRIC Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Where can I get tickets for Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions? No tickets are available as this tournament is taking place without spectators

What channel is Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Dambulla Viiking vs Jaffna Stallions? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via the Sky Go app

THE LOWDOWN

DAMBULLA VIIKING

  • ● Dambulla’s opening day resulted in an excellent win over the fancied Kandy Tuskers as a rain-affected match saw the adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target of 89 in 9.4 overs for Kandy prove just too much and the Viikings got off to a really good start ahead of the rest of the tournament.
  • ● The excellent third-wicket partnership of 127 between Samit Patel and captain Dasun Shanaka highlighted the power in Viikings’ middle-order. A middle-order that also backs up an aggressive and exciting top three of Niroshan Dickwella, Oshada Fernando and Upul Tharanga.
  • ● The biggest negative despite the victory however was the nasty ankle injury picked up by Oshada Fernando and with him likely facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, that does weaken their batting somewhat here.

JAFFNA STALLIONS

  • ● Jaffna Stallions began their tournament with a solid victory over Galle in what was a fairly comfortable run-chase led by an outstanding knock of 92 not out from 63 balls from Avishka Fernando which was decisive along with their veteran captain Shoaib Malik calmly seeing them home.
  • ● The bowling performance of Duanne Olivier cannot be ignored as he picked up four wickets but the real reason for Jaffna being able to restrict Galle to 175-8 was due to Wanindu Hasaranga’s excellent four-over spell of 2-12 as their bowling attack could be the most dangerous in the tournament.
  • ● Jaffna will also be pleased that they managed to reach 176 in a measured run chase so they will feel confident that if they are required to push on towards 200 and above, they will be able to do so.

THE PREDICTION

It is a difficult match to judge as both sides’ opening day wins had reasons to be doubtful. The main reason to doubt Dambulla would be the fact that it was on Duckworth-Lewis and had Kandy been able to bat the rest of their overs or not lose a third wicket prior to the stoppage; who knows what would’ve happened. As for Jaffna, their win came against what seems to be the worst side in the tournament. Admittedly, it is very early to make that call. The decisive factor could be the injury to Dambulla’s Oshada Fernando as they have lost an international local batsman who will be almost impossible to replace especially against Jaffna’s bowling attack. With a strong all-round team, the Stallions are strongly favoured to get the win here.

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