The second qualifying game of the Lanka Premier League 2022 will see the Kandy Falcons take on the Colombo Stars at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday. The winner of this clash will face the Jaffna Kings in Friday’s final.
The Kandy Falcons faced the Jaffna Kings in the first qualifying game. It was a rain-spoiled competition and the Falcons suffered a loss as the Kings sealed a place in the final.
After choosing to bat first, Pathum Nissanka had the top score with 35 topping the order as the Falcons had 143 on the board. Defending it, Carlos Brathwaite picked up two wickets, but they conceded 98 runs in 11 overs. The rain came, and no more games were possible. The Kings won the game by 24 points on the DLS method. The Falcons will have to be on their toes to find their way back to victory.
The Colombo Stars, meanwhile, defeated the Galle Gladiators in the Eliminator the other night to stay alive in the competition. It was a solid performance from them in a rain-shrinking match of 18 overs per side.
Bowling first, the Stars bowlers played brilliantly and limited the Gladiators to 108/9. Benny Howell picked up three wickets, while Kasun Rajitha and Mohammad Nabi also contributed with a few scalps. Ravi Bopara (43*) and Angelo Mathews (20*) guided their team across the line to win the game by seven wickets. The Stars will look to continue their winning streak.
Kandy Falcons vs Colombo Stars match details:
Meet: Kandy Falcons v Colombo Stars, Eliminator, Lanka Premier League 2022
date and time: December 22, 2022, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. IST
Location: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Kandy Falcons vs Colombo Stars pitch report
The pitch of the R. Premadasa stadium is a balanced surface. New bowlers will have lateral movement out of the box and batters will need to be patient at the start of their innings. They can cross the line once they are placed in the middle.
Kandy Falcons vs Colombo Stars Weather Forecast
The temperature in Colombo should be between 23 and 29 degrees Celsius. It will stay wet all day.
Kandy Falcons vs Colombo Stars Likely XI
Expect the Falcons to go with the same XI as against the Kings on Wednesday.
Pathum Nissanka, Andre Fletcher (wk), Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Najibullah Zadran, Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Chamika Karunaratne, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Isuru Udana
Don’t expect the Stars to alter their winning combination for their showdown against the Falcons.
Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Charith Asalanka, Ravi Bopara, Nishan Madushka (wk), Benny Howell, Mohammad Nabi, Dominic Drakes, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal
Kandy Falcons vs Colombo Stars Match Prediction
The Falcons lost to the Kings in Game 1 of the qualifier, while the Stars are coming off a win in their last game. They will ride with confidence and look to repeat their performance on Thursday.
The Colombo Stars look like an established unit, and we expect them to seal a place in the final against the Kings.
Prediction: Colombo Stars will win this meeting.
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