Despite batting really well, Dambulla Aura lost their last match at the hands of Galle Gladiators in the Super Over. Hence, Kusal Mendis-led side will aim to bounce back when they take on three-time champions Jaffna Kings in their next match in the Lanka Premier League on August 1 at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
When it comes to Jaffna, the Thisara Perera-led side won their first game, defeating Colombo Strikers by 21 runs. Bangladesh international Towhid Hridoy was exceptional in the middle, scoring 54 runs off 39 deliveries. Local players in the form of Priyalal Perera and Dunith Wellalage chipped in well while Hardus Viljoen was incredible with the ball. Hence, the team will be confident of their chances.
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2023
Match: Dambulla Aura vs Jaffna Kings – 4th Match
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 1
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports and FanCode
R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report
The surface at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has helped the bowlers and hence, bowling first will be ideal. Anything over 170 will be a good score on this wicket.
Probable Playing XIs:
Dambulla Aura (DA)
Kusal Mendis (wk/c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Alex Ross, Hayden Kerr, Binura Fernando, Shahnawaz Dahani, Praveen Jayawickrama, Ravindu Fernando
Jaffna Kings (JK)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nishan Madushka (wk), Charith Asalanka, Priyamal Perera, David Miller, Dunith Wellalage, Thisara Perera (c), Maheesh Theekshana, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Dilshan Madushanka, Hardus Viljoen
Played – 08 | Dambulla Aura – 00 | Jaffna Kings – 07 | NR- 1
Probable Best Batter of the Match
Rahmanullah Gurbaz – Jaffna Kings
Afghanistan international Rahmanullah Gurbaz is known for his stroke-making in the middle. In the last match, the opener managed to get a perfect start but eventually failed to convert it. He will be aiming to get better in the upcoming match and hence, can prove to be dangerous for Dambulla.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Hardus Viljoen – Jaffna Kings
34-year-old Hardus Viljoen picked up three wickets in the last match and has been a force to reckon with. Even though the surface was made for the spinners to succeed but the pacer was sensational and will be hoping to continue in the same fashion.
Today’s Match Prediction: Team Bowling first to win the match