Lanka Premier League 2021, Match 1: GG vs JK Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury Update

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Preview:

The 2nd edition of the Lanka Premier League is all set to get underway from December 5th. Colombo Stars, Dambulla Giants, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings, and Kandy Warriors will compete with each other over the next 3 weeks. The final will be played on the 23rd of December.

Galle Gladiators and Jaffna Kings will take on each other in the inaugural match of the 2nd edition on Sunday. It’s a repeat of the last year’s final where Jaffna Kings won the game by 53 runs to lift the trophy for the 1st time. Galle Gladiators will be led by Bhanuka Rajapaksa in this year and will be looking to make a strong impression from the start.

On the other hand, Jaffna Kings will be eager to start the proceedings with a win and they have got some real potential players with the likes of skipper Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, and Maheesh Theekshana.

Match Details:

Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Kings, Match 1

Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date &Time: December 5th at 7:30 PM IST and local time

Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network

Pitch Report:

It’s a balanced surface with equal aid for both batters and bowlers. Spinners will always be handy on this track, having said the seamers can extract bounce if they do bend their back. It’s a 160-170 kind of a wicket and bowling first is a preferable option here.

Probable Playing XIs for GG vs JK:

Galle Gladiators

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mohammad Shamaaz, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pulina Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Samit Patel, Lahiru Madushanka, Ashian Daniel, Nuwan Thushara, Isuru Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi

Jaffna Kings

Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Ashen Bandara, Ashan Randika, Thisara Perera, Krishan Arachchige, Suranga Lakmal, Chathuranga de Silva, Usman Khan Shinwari, Jayden Seales, Maheesh Theekshana

GG vs JK Top Picks for GG vs JK Dream11 Match:

Top Picks ­Galle Gladiators

Bhanuka Rajapaksa is in tremendous form at the moment. He had a great Abu Dhabi T10 league for Chennai Braves. He has mustered 180 runs in 8 innings in the last edition of the LPL at an average of 25.71.

Danushka Gunathilaka was beyond his standards in the last edition. He emerged as the leading run-scorer with 476 runs in 10 matches at an average of 59.5 which comprises 4 half-centuries.

Top Picks Jaffna Kings

Thisara Perera was simply superb with his all-round performances in the last edition. The all-rounder struck 261 runs and picked up 5 wickets at an economy of 7.63.

Avishka Fernando is a class act and he is the next big thing for Sri Lanka in the future. He was the leading run-scorer for Jaffna Kings in the last edition, he has scored 275 runs in 8 innings at an average of 39.28.

GG vs JK Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Player Statistics (Last Edition)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa 180 runs
Danushka Gunathilaka 476 runs
Thisara Perera 261 runs and 5 wickets
Avishka Fernando 275 runs
Usman Khan Shinwari 9 wickets

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for GG vs JK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Krishan Arachchige, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (vc), Kusal Mendis, Avishka Fernando (c), Thisara Perera, Pulina Tharanga, Isuru Udana, Usman Khan Shinwari, Tabraiz Shamsi, Maheesh Theekshana

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for GG vs JK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Krishan Arachchige, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka (vc), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Avishka Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Samit Patel, Thisara Perera (c), Suranga Lakmal, Tabraiz Shamsi, Maheesh Theekshana

GG vs JK Risky Captaincy Choices:

Samit Patel can fetch you points with his all-round skills. He is a risky captaincy option for your Dream11 fantasy teams.

Maheesh Theekshana is a mystery bowler who can cause plenty of damage with his variations. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.

Player you should avoid:

Considering plenty of options available, you can avoid Mohammad Shamaaz while making your fantasy teams.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.