Colombo Strikers have had a mixed season so far in the Lanka Premier League. The Niroshan Dickwella-led side has won and lost two each in the season and thus, will be eyeing to improve in the coming matches to seal their berth for the playoffs. However, when it comes to their current form, they decimated Galle Titans in the last match. The Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam, hit a terrific century while his opening partner Pathum Nissanka hit 54 runs off 40 deliveries.
Thus, they will have the much-needed momentum when they face Jaffna Kings in their upcoming match on August 8. Notably, Jaffna have already defeated them earlier in the season and thus, Colombo cannot take them lightly. Meanwhile, their bowlers are in spectacular form at the moment and thus, it will be an interesting affair for the spectators.
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2023, Colombo Strikers vs Jaffna Kings – 13th Match
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 8, 7:30 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports and FanCode
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
Bowlers will get a lot of advantage from the surface and hence, anything over 160 will be a very good total on this surface. Bowling first will be very much ideal.
Probable Playing XIs
Colombo Strikers (CS)
Niroshan Dickwella (wk/c), Babar Azam, Pathum Nissanka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Mohammad Nawaz, Lahiru Udara, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Naseem Shah, Lakshan Sandakan, Matheesha Pathirana
Jaffna Kings (JK)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Charith Asalanka, Towhid Hridoy, David Miller, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera (c), Dunith Wellalage, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara
CS vs JK Head-to-Head
Played – 8, Colombo Strikers – 6, Jaffna Kings – 2,
Probable Best Batter of the Match
Babar Azam – Colombo Strikers
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is in remarkable form at the moment. The 28-year-old has hit 211 runs in four matches so far and with that, he is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Thus, Colombo will expect him to carry on with the form and help them win another game.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Matheesa Pathirana – Colombo Strikers
Sri Lanka international Matheesa Pathirana has picked up seven wickets so far and with that, he is currently the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. Along with Naseem Shah, they have been a force to reckon with.