And just like that, the playoffs of the fourth edition of the Lanka Premier League have arrived. The tournament began with five teams fighting for the glorious trophy, but it is now down to four quality teams that played some really good cricket. The playoff structure in the Lanka Premier League is similar to the IPL, where the first and second-placed teams after the league stage meet in Qualifier 1 and the third and fourth-placed teams meet in the Eliminator.
The winner of the eliminator and the loser of Qualifier 1 face off in Qualifier 2, whereas the final of the tournament is played between the winners of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2. Dambulla Aura, the best franchise this season with 12 points, will be taking on the Galle Titans, who were second with 8 points in Qualifier 1. The top bookmakers in India have LPL 2023 odds with them.
Dambulla Aura has been a dominant force in this 2023 season of the Lanka Premier League, having lost only two matches out of eight. The Galle Titans were playing a must-win game in their last league encounter, which they could not have dominated in a better way. Their excellent win took their NRR upward, and now we have a feast on our hands. The teams have played good cricket so far this season and would expect their players to be confident and prepared for this big duel.
Avishka Fernando and Dhananjaya de Silva have been the team’s most valuable players in this season of the league. The team made wholesale changes in their last league game just to give youngsters a chance and keep their senior players fresh for the playoffs. They will be back in the playing 11 for this match as it is a qualifying game.
They are likely to be going with the same playing XI that went in the last match.
Predicted Lineup: Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (c, wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ben McDermott, Dhananjaya de Silva, Alex Ross, Janith Liyanage, Dushan Hemantha, Hasan Ali, Noor Ahmad, and Binura Fernando/Pramod Madhushan
Dasun Shanka will be the team’s most crucial player in this important encounter. He can change the game in all three departments. Tim Seifert might be seen getting a chance in place of Najibullah Zadran or Litton Das. The other team is predicted to be the same.
Tim Seifert might be seen getting a chance in place of Najibullah Zadran or Litton Das.
Predicted Lineup: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lasith Croospulle, Shakib Al Hasan, Tim Seifert (wk), Litton Das/Najibullah Zadran, Dasun Shanaka (c), Lahiru Samarakoon, Seekuge Prasanna, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, and Tabraiz Shamsi
We anticipate the table-toppers, Dambulla Aura, to prevail in this match and book their tickets to the final. Out of the two league games between these teams, one was tied and one was won by Dambulla Aura. They are predicted to win this one as well and move one step closer to the trophy.