Dec 7: Jaffna Stallions vs Dambulla Viiking, Hambantota

Pro Tip: The pitches have started to slow down and we have seen scores as low as 105 by teams batting first. The bowling average in the first six games was 36.26; in the last seven, it has been 23.47. So, make sure you have enough bowling options in your XI.

Our XI: Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Angelo Perera, Usman Shinwari, Malinda Pushpakumara

Substitutes: Samiullah Shinwari, Anwar Ali, Shoaib Malik, Kyle Abbott

Player availability: There has been no update on Oshada Fernando.

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: Dasun Shanaka

The Viiking skipper has led from the front and is currently the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 234 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 172.05. He also has the joint-highest sixes (14) in the tournament. He has not bowled much but in his five overs, he has picked up a wicket.

Vice-captain: Wanindu Hasaranga

The allrounder has been one of the most impressive players in LPL 2020, if not the most. He is the highest wicket-taker with nine wickets in five games at an average of 11.66 and an economy of 5.25. He also top-scored for the Stallions in their last game with a handy 23-ball 41 after coming in at No. 7.

Hot Picks
Avishka Fernando: The Stallions opener has played a couple of stellar knocks in LPL 2020: 92* and 84. Both of these were in successful chases. On the other three occasions when the Stallions batted first, his scores were 4, 3 and 26. If the Stallions are chasing, he might be a good contender to captain your side too.

Thisara Perera: Much like Fernando, Perera too played a couple of incredible innings of 97* and 68. His 97* is still the highest individual score in LPL 2020. He has also picked up five wickets with the ball.

Samit Patel: Patel has shown all his experience in the tournament so far by being in the top ten lists for both batting and bowling. He has picked up six wickets in five games at an average of 22.00 along with 141 runs at a strike rate of 141.00

Differential Picks

Dhananjaya de Silva: The allrounder has made an impact in only one game so far. It was a brilliant 38-ball 61 against Kandy Tuskers. But with his experience of having 61 limited-overs caps for his national side, he knows what it takes to score big.

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 by scoring 21 off 16, 67 off 49 and 9* off 3 even though his T20 average of 24.95 and strike rate of 118.55 don't reflect his true potential.

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Usman Shinwari doesn't play, replace him with Kyle Abbott.