The Lanka premier league 2020 aka LPL 2020 has reached its final stages with Galle Gladiators and Jaffna Stallions being the two teams that have qualified for the finals. So its GG vs JS in the finals for tomorrow. Galle Gladiators pulled of a classic surprise in the 1st semi-finals as they defeated the star studded Colombo Kings, who were one of the top contenders to win the trophy. On the other hand Jaffna Stallions defeated Dambulla Viikings and qualified for the finals. The finals will be played at the Mahindra Rajapakse Stadium at Hambantota. And we can expect a close encounter between both the teams i.e GG vs JS.
The way Galle Gladiators performed in the previous match. Its highly unlikely that they’ll try to tamper with the winning combination. But the biggest concern for them would be availability of their skipper Shahid Afridi. As he had returned home due to family emergency. On the other hand, Jaffna Stallions will be boosted with the performance of their spinner W Hasaranga. The addition of Johnson Charles has also added more strength to the Jaffna Stallions line up. He even played a match winning knock in the 2nd Semi final.
Match: Jaffna Stallions vs Galle Gladiators, Final LPL 2020.
Date: 16th December, 2020, 7.00 PM IST
Venue: Mahindra Rajapakse Stadium, Hambantota.
Pitch Report for GG vs JS Final match:
As said before, the pitch at Mahindra Rajapakse Stadium will offer assistance for both bat and ball. In the previous few matches its been noticed that run scoring has turned difficult as the pitch has slowed down. In last 10 LPL matches played here, the average score has been around 155. As usual the pitch will be good for batting with the new ball. But we expect some assistance for the spinners and slower bowlers. The team batting first will look to set a target of something around 160.
Predicted Playing XI:
GG: D Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Azam Khan (WK), B Rajapaksa (C), Sahan Arachchige, C Ruwansiri, S Jayasuriya, D Lakshan, Mohammad Amir, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Thushara.
JS: Johnson Charles (WK), A Fernando, C Asalanka, Shoaib Malik, C De Silva, T Perera (C), W Hasaranga, Dhananjaya De Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Usman Shinwari, D Olivier.
Fantasy TEAM for GG vs JS:
Fantasy Team 1: A Khan , Johnson Charles, D Gunathilaka (C), Shoaib Malik, B Rajapaksa, W Hasaranga (VC), T Perera, D de Silva, D Lakshan, M Amir and U Khan Shinwari.
Team 2: A Khan, A Fernando (C), D Gunathilaka (VC), C Asalanka, A Ali, W Hasaranga, T Perera, D de Silva, D Lakshan, M Amir and U Khan Shinwari.
Disclaimer: The above teams are been made based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While making a team consider the points mentioned and take your own decision.