2020 Lanka Premier League – Dambulla Viiking vs Kandy Tuskers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Dambulla Viiking vs Kandy Tuskers taking place? Saturday 28th November, 2020 – 10:00 (UK)

Where is Dambulla Viiking vs Kandy Tuskers taking place? MRIC Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

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

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

DAMBULLA VIIKING

  • ● Dambulla’s powerful top order line up that could include Upul Tharanga, Oshada Fernando, Paul Stirling with captain and icon player Dasun Shanaka in at four is something that excites; especially as the opening match between Colombo and Kandy has indicated the early matches could be high-scoring.
  • ● There isn’t necessarily a reliance on that top-order though as the Viikings will look to be able to bat deep if Niroshan Dickwella comes in at five with all-rounders Samit Patel and Samiullah Shenwari coming in through the middle-order.
  • ● They also remain unscathed from pre-tournament withdrawals in the bowling department. The impressive spin of Malinda Pushpakumara alongside the exciting Lahiru Kumara offers Dambulla a lot of potency.

KANDY TUSKERS

  • ● Kandy come into their second match of the tournament after being involved in a possibly iconic opener against Colombo which saw the first ever LPL fixture result in a super over. Unfortunately for the Tuskers, they were defeated by Colombo in the tiebreaker.
  • ● The defeat shouldn’t overlook the impressiveness of the overall performance as their dominant batting display backed up by generally controlled and comfortable bowling was undermined as they conceded 51 runs in the final three overs of the match.
  • ● The one potential weakness of this Kandy side prior to the tournament was the lack of clarity over who might open. That minor concern has been completely removed as their captain and icon Kusal Perera led his team alongside Rahmanullah Gurbaz as both scored half-centuries at the top.

THE PREDICTION

Dambulla look like they might be solid enough to have ambitions of challenging for the first ever LPL title but the lack of quality bowling depth could be a weakness against this powerful, aggressive and deep Tuskers line-up. The perceived pre-tournament top-order worry for Kandy has calmed but the death bowling will now begin to concern Perera and co. With eight bowlers used, although that being partly due to an injury to Irfan Pathan, which is also a worry, they were left with Asela Gunaratne bowling the final over which is not an ideal scenario and their bowling looks particularly weak. Unless they can remedy that, they could be in for another defeat here.

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