Dec 11: Dambulla Viiking vs Colombo Kings, Hambantota

Pro Tip: In the last eight completed games in the LPL, the chasing team has won seven. So pick extra players from the chasing team.

Our XI: Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Angelo Perera, Andre Russell, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana, Dasun Shanaka, Samiullah Shinwari, Ramesh Mendis, Qais Ahmad

Substitutes: Dushmantha Chameera, Laurie Evans, Paul Stirling, Upul Tharanga

Player availability: Oshada Fernando of Dambulla Viiking is doubtful for this contest. 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: Dinesh Chandimal

Chandimal is at No. 3 in the list of top run-scorers with 218 runs in five innings and has the best batting average - 72.66. He has effected six dismissals so far as a wicketkeeper, which will get you additional points.

Vice-captain: Niroshan Dickwella

Dickwella, another wicketkeeper who has been in fantastic batting form of late, has scored 126 runs in the last three games after a string of low scores in the initial part of the tournament. He has also effected the most dismissals (eight) for wicketkeepers so far.

Hot Picks

Andre Russell: Russell was at his best only in the five-over rain-curtailed game where he scored a magnificent 19-ball 65*. He has not been able to replicate that form in the other games, but has made up with the ball for that. He has picked up five wickets striking once every 10.8 deliveries.

Dasun Shanaka: Shanaka is second on the run-scorers' list with 245 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 162.25. He has 14 sixes too. He has also got three wickets in his last three games.

Qais Ahmad: The legspinner has been quite a revelation in this tournament, and is the third-highest wicket-taker with eight wickets in six games. He has also bowled the most economical spell of the tournament - 4-0-8-2 - and has a three-wicket haul to his name as well.

Differential Picks

Angelo Perera: Perera came into the tournament after a century in a first-class game but didn't get any opportunity in the first two matches. Once he got the opportunity, he grabbed it with both hands scoring 148 runs in five games at an average of 37 and a strike rate of 140.95.

Ramesh Mendis: The 25-year-old offspinner has been bowling well in LPL 2020, well enough to keep the likes of Malinda Pushpakumara out of the side. In the five games he has bowled in, he picked up five wickets at a good economy of 6.87. He is also handy with the bat as his career numbers suggest - average of 27.85 and strike rate of 126.01.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Laurie Evans can replace Daniel Bell-Drummond and since Upul Tharanga is a top-order batsman, he can replace Ashan Priyanjan in the XI.