2020 Lanka Premier League – Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Stallions Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Stallions taking place? Friday 27th November, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Stallions taking place? MRIC Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

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

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

GALLE GLADIATORS

  • Galle enter into this competition with a fairly settled squad and only three withdrawals although one of those being their incomparable icon player Lasith Malinga. The Pakistani influence on the side is clear to see as they are led by captain Shahid Afridi and coach Moin Khan has been slightly diminished by the withdrawal of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
  • The probable opening partnership of Danushka Gunathilaka and Hazratullah Zazai is enterprising and potentially exciting but, like both players, irritatingly inconsistent. Those two will be backed up by vice-captain Bhanuka Rajapaksa who is looking to firm up his place in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad next year.
  • Gladiators’ bowling is heavily reliant on Mohammad Amir, continuing that Pakistani influence, and the left-arm leg-spin of Lakshan Sandakan. Those two, although brilliant, will have a hefty amount of responsibility for Galle.

JAFFNA STALLIONS

  • The inability to field their star overseas player and the number one ranked T20I player in the world Dawid Malan is a huge blow for Jaffna. His ability and versatility was Stallions’ banker with the extremely promising but young Avishka Fernando now taking a senior role in a probable opening partnership with Nuwanidu Fernando.
  • As with the majority of LPL teams, the strengths of Jaffna are in the middle-order with captain Thisara Perera alongside Dhananjaya De Silva, Johnson Charles and Shoaib Malik offering valuable experience to balance the potentially brilliant but very green top order.
  • Unlike the other sides in the competition, Jaffna’s bowling selection remains unscathed from withdrawals. Pace bowlers Suranga Lakmal, Kyle Abbott, Usman Shinwari and Duanne Olivier complement the aforementioned middle-order all-round spin bowlers as well as the left-arm off-spin of Prabath Jayasuriya.

THE PREDICTION

Galle Gladiators and Jaffna Stallions get their LPL campaigns under way and there is plenty of star quality on show in both teams. This is a match-up that could well be decided by fine margins but both sides have weaknesses as there is a bowling attack that lacks depth in Galle and an inexperienced top order batting line-up in Jaffna. The left-handed opening pair of Gunathilaka and Hazratullah will have a good chance of negating the threat posed by Jayasuriya and they will also fancy their chances of scoring quick runs at the start of the innings against the Stallions’ pace attack to set up a difficult chase. Amir’s ability up-front in the powerplay against an inexperienced Jaffna opening pair could cause too much damage for the steady middle-order to recover from, but ultimately the stronger bowling unit of the Stallions could just edge this game.

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