On Tuesday, Colombo chased down Kandy’s 146/9 to win by 5 wickets with two balls to spare. The star of the show was Seekkuge Prasanna. Batting at no. 7, the all-rounder hit an unbelievable 32* from just six balls.
Colombo have also benefited recently from the return of Angelo Mathews. The big-hitting Sri Lankan, who has played for three teams in the Indian Premier League, has immediately looked dangerous. Another experienced international, Dinesh Chandimal, continues to be consistent. Any of these three middle-order Stars could swing the Colombo-Kandy win probability in their team’s favour.
Colombo Stars’s Likely XI
Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Thikshila de Silva, Ashan Priyanjan, Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Chandimal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Rampaul
Kandy Warriors News
Kandy finished last in the 2020 LPL and look well set to finish bottom again in the 2021 competition. The Warriors won only one of their first six matches this year, as they struggled to find a balanced team. The stats say their best bowler is Nimesh Vimukthi, but Kandy didn’t pick him for their first two matches.
No one has been a star with the bat either – not even Charith Asalanka who looked so promising in the recent T20 World Cup. This game is Kandy’s last chance to find a hero before Monday’s eliminator.
Kandy Warriors’s Likely XI
Kennar Lewis, Charith Asalanka, Ahmed Shehzad, Angelo Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Ravi Bopara, Tom Moores, Sachindu Colombage, Nimesh Vimukthi, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Venue & conditions
This night match will take place at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The team batting first won six of the first eight night matches.
The weather forecast for this match says there is a chance of thundery showers. Colombo’s pitches have been turning, but good batsmen are learning how to handle this.
Colombo Stars vs Kandy Warriors Toss Prediction
Colombo won three of their first six tosses in LPL 2021 – including the one in their first meeting with the Warriors. Kandy won two of their first six. For the Colombo vs Kandy toss winner, I am picking Colombo to do the double over Kandy.