LPL 2023: Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings, Match 07 Preview

The LPL 2023 has been up and running and we have seen 5 games already completed. After 5 games, Galle Titans (Galle Gladiators) is standing at the top of the Lanka Premier League LPL 2023 points table with 2 wins in 2 games. Jaffna Kings have also won one game out of two.

Today, we will preview Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings ( Galle Gladiators vs Jaffna Kings) match in LPL 2023, which will take place on August 04, tomorrow at Pallekele. We will see the pitch report, expected playing XI, and players to watch out for from both teams. So let’s start.

Galle Titans started off really well

Galle Titans have started their LPL 2023 campaign very well. They won both of their games till now.

Galle Titans Won Against Dambulla in Super Over

They won their first game against Dambulla Aura in a super over. After Galle scored 180 in the first inning, Dambulla also managed to score 180 in the first inning.

B Rajapaksa and captain Dasun Shanaka scoring 40s helped Galle to reach 180. D de Silva and K Perera also scored 43 and 40 respectively for Dambulla in the 2nd inning.

Galle Titans Won The Super Over

Dambulla only manages to score 9 runs in the super over. Titans chased down the target in 2 balls with Rajapaksa hitting a four and a six to Fernando.

Galle Titans thrashed Kandy

Titans also won against B-Love Kandy by 83 runs. After scoring 180 again, Galle bowled Kandy out for just 97.

Jaffna Kings – Win One, Lose One

Jaffna Kings, on the other hand, won the first game against Colombo Strikers by 21 runs. With t Hridoy’s 54 and Perera and Wellalage’s cameos, Jaffna scored 173 in the first inning.

Colombo fell 21 short of the target. Only captain N Dickwella showed some fight in the 2nd inning. He scored 58 off 34 balls.

Dambulla’s collective bowling effort helps them to register their first win in LPL 2023

Dambulla Aura restricts Jaffna Kings to 129 in the 4th game of LPL 2023. B Fernando took 2 wickets. S Dahani, Hayden Kerr, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Noor Ahmed also took one wicket each.

Dambulla chased down the target with 8 wickets and 22 balls left.

Now, Galle Titans and Jaffna Kings will lock horns in the 7th game of LPL 2023. Galle has won 2 and standing at the top of the LPL 2023 points table. While after losing a game against Dambulla, Jaffna Kings are standing at No. 4 in the points table.

Expected playing XIs

Galle Titans Expected Playing XI

S Daniel, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lasith Croospulle, Tim Seifert (wk), Shakib ul Hasan, Dasun Shanaka (c), L Samarakoon, Kasun Rajitha, Tabraiz Shamsi, Akila Dananjaya, R Ngarava

Jaffna Kings Expected Playing XI

R Gurbaz (wk), Charith Asalanka, T Hridoy, P Perera, David Miller, D Wellalage, T Perera (c), Maheesh Theekshana, V Viyaskanth, Dilshan Madushanka, Hardus Viljoeen

Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings – Pitch report:

Pallekele is generally a good batting wicket initially. As the game progresses, the pitch might get slow down. The average first-inning total on this ground is around 170. We can expect a good batting wicket for Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings game.

Players to watch out for

Galle Titans

Dasun Shanaka

Captain Dasun Shanaka has been in great form in the last couple of years. His ability to hit the ball long makes him so special. He can contribute with both bat and ball (if needed). He will be the one to watch out for in the 7th game of LPL 2023.

Tabraiz Shamsi

The wrist spinner is very hard to pick with the hand and he is a genuine wicket-taker. In the middle overs, he made life difficult for Jaffna Kings’ batters.

Jaffna Kings

David Miller

We all know what Miller can do when he is in the mood. He can take the game away from the opposition single-handedly.

Maheesh Theekshana

He is very hard to get away. Theekshana always attacks the stumps and looks for the wicket every ball. Also, his trajectory helps him to be economical as the batters find it hard to hit him for runs.

Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings – Squads

Galle Titans

Shakib Al Hasan, Dasun Shanaka, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lahiru Kumara, Shevon Daniel, Lasith Croospulle, Sohan de Livera, Ashan Priyanjan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Mithun, Minod Bhanuka, Pasindu Sooriyabandara, Avishka Perera, Mohamed Shiraz, Lahiru Samarakoon, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Chad Bowes, Tim Seifert, Sonal Dinusha, Vishwa Fernando, Anuk Fernando

Jaffna Kings

David Miller, Maheesh Theekshana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Thisara Perera, Charith Asalanka, Dunith Wellalage, Shoaib Malik, Pathum Kumara, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Theesan Vithushan, Asanka Manoj, Nishan Madushka, Asitha Fernando, Hardus Viljoen, Nuwan Thushara, Dilshan Madushanka, Zaman Khan, Ashan Randika, Ratnarajah Thenurathan, Chris Lynn, Asela Gunaratne

Conclusion

So this is the preview of the Galle Titans vs Jaffna Kings game. Galle is coming with two wins while Jaffna is coming off the loss against Dambulla. Galle would love to make a hattrick of wins while Jaffna wants to get back on track. What do you think? Who will win this encounter? Comment your predictions below.

Let’s see how the two team goes about their business in LPL 2023. Thank you for reading. Keep following us for the latest updates.  

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