We are nearing the end of another thrilling Lanka Premier League season where we saw teams giving their all for those two points. A lot of youngsters rose to the occasion for their respective franchises and showcased their talent. Some experienced players became messiahs for their teams and bailed them out of difficult situations. Only three league stage matches are now left as we move towards the playoffs of the Lanka Premier League’s fourth season.
As it stands, we might very well find a new winner in the Lanka Premier League, as the first three seasons were all won by the Jaffna-based franchise. In match 18 of the tournament, the Colombo Strikers will host the table-toppers B-Love Kandy on Sunday. The top bookmakers in India have LPL 2023 odds with them.
The Colombo Strikers are currently not sure of a playoff berth as they have the same number of points as the bottom-placed team, the Galle Titans. B-Love Kandy is sitting at the top of the table currently but does not want to get complacent. Colombo has four points and an NRR of -0.541, whereas Kandy has six points and an NRR of +0.49. A win in this match for the Colombo Strikers would take them upwards in the table, whereas a win for B-Love Kandy will assure them of a place in the Lanka Premier League 2023 playoffs.
In the previous game, the Colombo Strikers substituted Iftikhar Ahmed, a middle-order player from Pakistan, for Niroshan Dickwella. Although Naseem Shah and Babar Azam have been in excellent form, the team's situation is still fragile.
There won't be any changes to their starting lineup for this game, barring any forced replacements.
Predicted Lineup: Pathum Nissanka, Babar Azam (c), Nuwanidu Fernando, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Lahiru Udana (wk), Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Naseem Shah, Lakshan Sandakan, and Matheesha Pathirana
B-Love Kandy is still looking like a solid team on paper, and we don’t think they need any changes to the lineup. Mohammad Haris was given a chance in the last match in place of Kamindu Mendis, and he did not disappoint.
Mohammad Haris is likely to keep his place along with the other ten players on the team.
Predicted Lineup: Fakhar Zaman, Dinesh Chandimal, Mohammad Haris (wk), Angelo Mathews, Asif Ali, Sahan Arachichige, Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Nuwan Pradeep
For Colombo, the Pakistani duo of Babar Azam and Naseem Shah has been the savior for the team. Wanindu Hasaranga has led from the front and has been B-Love Kandy’s most valuable player. It will be an interesting battle to see between Babar Azam and Wanindu Hasranga during the forthcoming match. B-Love Kandy are predicted to prevail in this match against Colombo Strikers.