Dec 7: Colombo Kings vs Galle Gladiators, Hambantota

Pro Tip: Four of the last five games have been won by chasing teams. Also, Galle Gladiators have not won any game in five attempts. So, prefer players from the chasing team, especially if it's the Kings.

Our XI: Dinesh Chandimal, Azam Khan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Ahsan Ali, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Qais Ahmed, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohammad Amir

Substitutes: Chadwick Walton, Shehan Jayasuriya, Ashan Priyanjan, Thikshila de Silva

Player availability: Galle Gladiators' skipper is the only unavailable player for this game.

We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Danushka Gunathilaka

The Gladiators opener has been the sole performer for his team so far in LPL 2020. He is, in fact, the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 284 runs in five games at a strike rate of 146.39. He has also scored a staggering 39 fours, almost eight fours per game on average, which is the highest in the league so far.

Vice-captain: Dinesh Chandimal

Gunathilaka's counterpart opener Chandimal has been the top run-scorer for the Kings in LPL 2020. He has scored 183 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 133.37. Almost 70% of his runs have come in boundaries, which get you additional points too.

Hot Picks

Andre Russell: Perhaps one of the biggest positives for the Kings is Russell's bowling fitness. He has been taking wickets for fun in LPL 2020 so far, picking up five wickets in the seven overs he has bowled. He has been at his usual best with the bat, scoring 126 runs in at a strike rate of 217.24. His boundary percentage of 85.71 is the best in the tournament (minimum 20 runs).

Mohammad Amir: The left-arm seamer didn't have a great start to the tournament but came back well to bowl 4-0-23-0 in the last game where the opposition scored in excess of 200.

Qais Ahmad: Much like Amir, he too started off the tournament indifferently, picking up only two wickets in first three games. But he has been the best bowler in the last two games, picking up five wickets for just 32 runs in seven overs. He is the joint third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with seven wickets now.

Differential Picks

Dushmantha Chameera: The Kings pacer has been performing extremely well, overtaking the likes of fellow pacer Isuru Udana. He has picked up five wickets in his last three games at an economy of 5.92, which is incredible for a pacer. Laurie Evans: The hard-hitting English top-order batsman did start the tournament well and was the top run-scorer for the Kings after three games. However, the last two games didn't go as per his plan and he is due for a big knock in this game. He has scored 121 runs so far in five innings at a strike rate of 163.51.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Ashan Priyanjan, who picked up a couple of wickets and scored 26* in the last game, can replace Udana, who has picked up only four wickets so far at an average of 40.50