Lanka Premier League 2022: Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings – Qualifier 1 Preview and Updates

The first qualifier for the Lanka Premier League 2022 will be an exciting game. The defending champions, Jaffna Kings, will face the table toppers Kandy Falcons. Both teams have performed admirably in this tournament. The Falcons arrived here after defeating the Dambulla Aura, while the Kings won their previous game against the Colombo Stars.

The Kandy Falcons had won the previous game between the two teams, so they were optimistic about this one. Their bowlers have been in excellent form, which bodes well for the team at this stage of the tournament. The Jaffna Kings will not be taken lightly, which will add to the excitement of the game.

The Qualifier 1 between Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings will take place on December 21st, 2022 at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Match Details to Note

Match: Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings, Qualifier 1, Lanka Premier League 2022

Date: December 21, 2022 (Wednesday)                                    

Time: 3:00 PM IST

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings

Kandy Falcons (Match Odds – 1.85):


Wanindu Hasaranga and his men would be full of self-assurance. They have won seven out of eight games and topped the points table. Their players put on a strong performance in their most recent game, a 39-run victory over Dambulla Aura. Hasaranga would like his team to capitalise on this momentum and win this game in order to advance to the final.

Minod Bhanuka and Andre Fletcher have provided good starts to the side, and they will look to do the same in this game. In the middle order, the team would look for runs from Ashen Bandara, Kamindu Mendis, and Carlos Braithwaite. Down the order, Fabian Allen, Hasaranga, and Chamika Karunaratne form a strong batting line-up.

Their bowlers have been in good form in this tournament. The side would expect good spells from Zahoor Khan and Chamika Karunaratne as the Jaffna Kings have a strong batting line-up. Hasaranga is an experienced bowler who will need to perform well in the middle overs alongside Fabian Allen. Isuru Udana, Chamindu Wijesinghe, and Bandara round out the bowling options for the team.

Full Squad:

Lasith Abeyratne, Fabian Allen, Ashen Bandara, Kavin Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashian Daniel, Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Andre Fletcher, Chamika Karunaratne, Janith Liyanage, Kamindu Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Pathum Nissanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Avishka Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Malinda Pushpakumara, Oshane Thomas, Isuru Udana, Ahmed Daniyal, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Zahoor Khan

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Possible Playing XI:

Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Andre Fletcher, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Carlos Braithwaite, Fabian Allen, Chamika Karunaratne, Chamindu Wijesinghe, Isuru Udana, Zahoor Khan

Jaffna Kings (Match Odds – 1.95):


The term “independent” refers to a person who does not work for the government. The defending champions have had a successful season, with the majority of their players performing admirably. In this game, they face a formidable opponent, and Perera will be looking for a strong performance from his players.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Avishka Fernando arrived here after a 105-run stand in the previous game and would look to get off to a good start. The middle order is strong for the team as they have Shoaib Malik, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Afif Hossain. Perera, Dunith Wellalage, and Sumida Lakshan, who can strike the ball cleanly, should also make quick runs for the team.

Their bowlers will face a difficult challenge. For the side to be in command, the experienced pair of Perera and Malik must strike early. In the middle overs, they will also look for good spells from Zaman Khan, Asitha Fernando, and Praveen Jayawickrama. Lakshan and Wellalage must perform admirably in supporting roles.

Full Squad:

Thisara Perera (c), Shoaib Malik, Maheesh Theekshana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ashan Randika, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Binura Fernando, Suminda Lakshan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilshan Madushanka, Nipun Dananjaya, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Theivendiram Dinoshan, James Neesham, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, James Fuller, Waqar Salamkheil, Avishka Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Theesan Vithushan, Zaman Khan, Afif Hossain

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Possible Playing XI:

Thisara Perera (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Afif Hossain, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Shoaib Malik, Suminda Lakshan, Dunith Wellalage, Asitha Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Zaman Khan

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Head to Head

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Head to Head Stats in LPL

  Matches Played KDF Won JSK Won Tie NR
Overall 6 3 3 0 0

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Toss Prediction

At this venue, sides have found it difficult to defend totals. Big scores have been chased here, and the dew factor in the evening makes bowling in the second innings difficult. The team that wins the toss here will undoubtedly choose to bowl first.

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Pitch Report

R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is a large stadium with a flat surface and a lightning-quick outfield. The wording of this sentence is a little different than the one used in the video. Fast bowlers have generally struggled at this venue, but we have seen good performances from the spinners as the track offers them turn.

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On December 21, the skies over Colombo will be cloudy. The wicket is good for batting, and we’ve seen a flat track where fast bowlers struggled and batsmen scored easily. The team batting first in the game would need 170 runs to feel safe.

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Prediction

The Jaffna Kings have been in good form this tournament and have a big win here. However, their bowlers haven’t been consistent and the side would have to make improvements in this department. This season, the Kandy Falcons have only lost once. They have their bowlers in excellent form, making them favourites in this contest. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Kandy Falcons is the favourite to beat Jaffna Kings at the odds of 1.85.

Kandy Falcons vs Jaffna Kings Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Andre Fletcher has 264 runs in the tournament and is well worth backing as Kandy Falcons’ leading run scorer against Jaffna Kings.

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