The Jaffna Kings, who are the incumbent champions of the Lanka Premier League, are all set to begin a fresh campaign as they face off against the Colombo Stars in the first match of a fresh season. The match will be played on Sunday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
COLOMBO STRIKERS VS JAFFNA KINGS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Both teams have played against each other in 7 matches till now. The Jaffna Kings have a clear advantage with 5 wins, while Colombo has won 2.
COLOMBO STRIKERS VS JAFFNA KINGS LIVE-STREAMING AND BROADCAST
This match can be live-streamed on the FanCode App. Fans can also catch the live action of this match on the Star Sports channel.
JSK VS CLS TEAM PREVIEWS
The Jaffna Kings are the most successful team in the Lanka Premier League and have won each of the 3 seasons played so far. Under the leadership of Thisara Perera, the Jaffna Kings will look to extend its excellent form to this season too.
The Kings have once again managed to gather a well-balanced squad. The batting will be one of the biggest strengths of the team as, in addition to domestic players like Nishan Madushka, Ashan Randika, and Asela Gunaratne, the Kings have picked up some of the biggest hitters in T20 cricket, including Chris Lynn, David Miller, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Charith Asalanka, Perera, and Shoaib Malik add depth to the batting. Coming to the bowling, spinner Vijaykanth Viyaskanth was the leading wicket-taker for the team last season and has been retained for this year too. He will be supported by Maheesh Theekshana, who is in excellent form, as well as Dunith Wellalage.
The pace attack will be led by Dilshan Madushanka, Asitha Fernando, and Zaman Khan.
The Colombo Strikers have made it to the playoffs in each of the 3 seasons but haven’t been able to lift the title so far. In the last season, the Strikers made it to the Finals but lost out to the Kings in a hard-fought match. They will now be eager to exact revenge in this match.
The Strikers are the only team in this season of the LPL that will be led by an overseas player, Babar Azam. He will be one of the key batsmen for the team in this game, along with domestic star Pathum Nissanka. Overseas players Lorcan Tucker and Iftikhar Ahmed have a reputation for scoring quick runs, while all-rounders Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, and Mohammad Nawaz add depth to the batting.
Wahab Riaz, Naseem Shah, and Matheesha Pathirana make up for a formidable pace attack, but the spin department lacks a consistent performer.
JSK VS CLS TOSS PREDICTION
The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The pitch at R. Premadasa Stadium is well-balanced, providing equal opportunities to the bowlers as well as the batsmen. The seamers will get some movement early on in the match, while the spinners will come into action during the second half. The batsmen will find it easy to play their shots once they settle down. The par score here is around 145.
The weather will remain warm and humid.
Both franchises have a strong squad at their disposal and we should have a closely fought encounter on our hands. Looking at the records, the Jaffna Kings have a clear edge and we expect them to continue with the good run.
Bet on the Jaffna Kings to win.