Jaffna Kings and Galle Gladiators will lock horns in the first qualifier match of LPL at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota on December 19, Sunday.
The LPL 2021 table toppers Jaffna Kings and Galle Gladiators will be taking against each other yet again in the first qualifier and we can expect another nail-biting contest between these two top-class sides.
Winner of the first Qualifier will directly book their spot in the grand finale. The loser has to play a game against the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier in order to find a place in the final match of the tournament.
Jaffna Kings have won six matches and lost just two encounters so far, bagging 12 points in the group stage. They have been ably led by Thisara Perera and his inspirational captaincy has been spot on so far for Jaffna Kings.
On the other hand, Galle Gladiators have won four matches and lost three in the league stage. They were decent enough and looked impressive against the same opposition in their last league game.
Match: Jaffna Kings vs Galle Gladiators, Qualifier 1
Date and Time: December 19, Sunday, 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
JK vs GG Predicted Playing XI
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Avishka Fernando, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Shoaib Malik, Ashen Bandara, Thisara Perera (c), Chaturanga de Silva, Wahab Riaz, Suranga Lakmal, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth/Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (c), Sahan Arachchige, Samit Patel, Isuru Udana, Noor Ahmad, Pulina Tharanga, Mohammad Amir, Pramod Madushan
With a lot of dew expected during the match, bowling would be tougher for pacers initially and in death overs. Captains winning the toss would love to bowl first and put the opposition under pressure right from the first ball of the game.
JK vs GG Match Prediction
Jaffna Kings have already won one title and they would be eager to add one more silverware to their trophy cabinet. Kings have enough ammunition and there are rarely chinks found in their armour. They can be trusted to lift the title for the second consecutive time.
JK vs GG Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Team #1: Kusal Mendis, Shoaib Malik, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Avishka Fernando, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, P Tharanga, Praveen Jayawickrama, Noor Ahmad, Maheesh Theekshana
Captain: Samit Patel, Vice-captain: Wanindu Hasaranga
Fantasy Team #2: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shoaib Malik, Danushka Gunathilaka, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Samit Patel, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Amir, Praveen Jayawickrama, Noor Ahmad, Maheesh Theekshana
Captain: Shoaib Malik, Vice-captain: Thisara Perera