Dambulla Aura (DA) and Galle Titans (GG) lock horns in Match 14 of the third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023, at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, in Colombo, on Friday, August 11. The ongoing edition of the LPL has been a closely-contested affair as all six teams are still in contention for a berth in the top four. While DA have won three of their five matches and are currently placed second in the points table, GG are right at the bottom with two wins from five games.
We had the match of the tournament when these two sides collided last month. Dasun Shanaka’s men posted 180/5 in their 20 overs and DMA levelled the total at the end of their innings. Kasun Rajitha bowled a special Super Over for Galle as he conceded just nine runs. In reply, GG’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa needed just two legal deliveries to win the match for his team. Hence, GG will hope to do a double over Aura. However, Kusal Mendis’ men have won three out of their last four matches and will hope to build on their good form.
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2023
Match: Dambulla Aura vs Galle Titans – 14th Match
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: Friday, August 11, 7:30 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports and FanCode
R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report
In the first half of the tournament, in five matches, the teams batting first have won thrice, while the team batting second won on just one occasion. The match between GG and DA ended in a Super Over. The pitches were decent for batting and more of the same can be expected in the upcoming fixture ahead. The captain that wins the toss could look to bat and put some pressure on the opposition by amassing a good total.
Probable Playing XIs:
Dambulla Aura (DA)
Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (C) (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Alex Ross, Janith Liyanage, Hayden Kerr, Hasan Ali, Noor Ahmad, Binura Fernando
Galle Titans (GG)
Lasith Croospulle, Shevon Daniel, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Tim Seifert (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Dasun Shanaka (C), Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Samarakoon, Kasun Rajitha, Tabraiz Shamsi, Richard Ngarava
DA vs GG Head-to-Head
Played – 7, Dambulla Aura – 04, Galle Titans – 02, NR- 1
Probable Best Batter of the Match
Tim Seifert – Galle Titans
The diminutive wicketkeeper-batter has been in fine form for GG in the tournament thus far. In five matches, he has scored 161 runs at an average of 40.25 and a strike rate of 135.29. His highest score of 74 in 39 balls came against B-Love Kandy, who have some fine bowlers like Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Mohammad Hasnain among others.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Shakib Al Hasan – Galle Titans
The Bangladesh star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan has picked up five wickets in as many games at an average of 25.40 and an economy rate of just 7.06. He is one of the most cunning spinners in world cricket and can use his subtle variations of speed and angle to bamboozle the top batters going around. His four-over spell could turn out to be a deciding factor in the game.