JSK vs CLS Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 23, 2022
Tournament: Lanka Premier League 2022.
Date: December 23, 2022.
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
We have reached the last stages of the LPL or Lanka Premier League competition for 2022. The defending champions in the competition Jaffna Kings will be looking for their 3rd title in a row as they take on the Colombo Stars in the final. The Jaffna outfit has been in good nick and they beat Kandy Falcons in the first qualifier. The Colombo Stars team has done a good job in the playoffs by winning both their matches. They managed to beat Kandy Falcons in the 2nd qualifier by a good margin.
The Jaffna side has more players in their ranks that are suitable for big occasions and they have won the last couple of editions of the competition. In this year's LPL the Jaffna side lost just a couple of games on their route to the finals. All their key players are in good touch. The Colombo stars team will have to play out of their skin to win this match. One thing is certain there will be plenty of pressure on both outfits and we are likely to get a closely fought affair between bat and ball.
JSK vs CLS Team Previews
The Jaffna Kings captain Thisara Perera will be confident while leading his side in this game. The Kings also have a terrific record against the Stars and have won the last 5 matches against the same team. The team has most of its batting line-up in good touch. Perera will be expecting his team to keep the momentum going in this match and pick up their third title in a row. Jaffna will be looking to get off to a good start from their openers Avishka Fernando and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. These openers are capable of playing a decisive role on the day.
The Jaffna Kings have Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, and Afif Hossain in their middle order. The team management will be hoping for a great performance from these batters that have done a good job for them throughout the competition. Perera himself and Shoaib Malik are both good finishers and the side will be expecting some big hits from these batters toward the end of the innings. As far as the Jaffna bowling attack is concerned, the team will be eyeing a great start from Perera and Binura Fernando.
The Colombo Stars outfit is going into this game with a strong batting order, especially at the top of the order. So, the key Jaffna bowlers Zaman Khan and Maheesh Theekshana will have to bowl in the right areas for maintaining a good scoring rate. Malik and Vijaykanth Viyaskanth add a great deal of depth to the bowling attack and these bowlers will have to fare well for Kings as they will be facing an acid test in this match. Binura Fernando and Maheesh Theekshana bowled tight spells in their last match and gave away little to the Kandy batters. A similar performance will be expected from them in this all-important game.
Jaffna Kings Playing 11
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Afif Hossain, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera, Zaman Khan, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth.
Very few people would have anticipated the Colombo Stars team to reach the finals after the inconsistent performance in the league stages of the competition. But the Stars led by Angelo Matthews did a good job in the playoffs and they are going into this game with a 6-wicket victory against Kandy Falcons. They are going up against much stronger opposition in this game and the Colombo captain will be looking to get all the players to fire in this crucial fixture to bag the first title for the Colombo.
The start of the Colombo Stars team will be in the hands of the likes of Dinesh Chandimal and Nishan Madushka. These batters are up against an experienced and in-form bowling attack from Jaffna. The middle order has Ravi Bopara and Charith Asalanka in it who have done a good job in the competition. These batters will be looking to add some quick runs to the total together with Dominic Drakes. The presence of Matthews adds a lot of firepower to the batting line-up. He has to perform well together with Seekkuge Prasanna and Binny Howell in this match.
Kasun Rajitha is in prime form with the ball and he bowled well in the last match. He will be handling the new ball with Suranga Lakmal and will look to pick up wickets and make early inroads in the Jaffna Kings' batting order to put pressure on them. Mohammad Nabi and Dominic Drakes will be keen to bring their experience into play as they are looking to bowl against some of the better hitters of the cricket ball in the competition. Other bowlers such as Seekkuge Prasanna and Benny Howell will also have to rise to the challenge for their side.
Colombo Stars Playing 11
Nishan Madushka, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Ravi Bopara, Dominic Drakes, Angelo Mathews, Seekkuge Prasanna, Benny Howell, Mohammad Nabi, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal.
JSK vs CLS Toss Prediction
This is going to be a high-pressure game and both these sides will be looking to play it safe at the time of the toss. There will be some evening dew during the game and it will on the minds of their skippers. Bowling second in this match will not be simple. The team that wins the toss on this venue will have no hesitation in taking to field first and chasing a target later.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch on offer at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is a terrific one for batting where the batters can play their shots and hit the ball on the up. If you look at the history of matches played at this venue you will discover that the quicker bowlers have struggled to do well at the ground. There is hardly anything on offer at the venue for the bowlers with the new ball. Spinners on the other hand enjoyed the conditions better as the ball turned and stopped before coming onto the bat.
It is expected that the skies will remain partly cloudy during the game on Friday. This pitch is excellent for batting and many runs have been scored here and chased successfully. It is a fact that spinners have done a good job at the venue and batters will have to keep this in mind. The team batting first at the ground will be eyeing to score in the region of 170 runs to feel safe.
JSK vs CLS Betting Tips
The Jaffna Kings team has won the last 5 games they have played against this opposition. This is sure to put a lot of pressure on the Colombo Stars team. The Stars will have to play this game with a positive frame of mind and get the best out of their bowlers in particular. Jaffna Kings are aware of how to play in the finals and they also have some big players on their team. We are expecting the final to be a hard-fought affair. But we will bet with Jaffna Kings to win this game and add a third title to their kitty.
Bonus Cricket Bets
The Jaffna Kings team has both its openers in terrific form. they are more likely to be involved in a higher opening wicket partnership in the game.
Avishka Fernando is one of the batters that is in good nick for his side. You can bet on him to score more than 22 runs in this game.
Dinesh Chandimal has been one of the consistent batters for Colombo during the competition. He is likely to do well again in this fixture for the Stars.