KDW vs CLS Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 22, 2022
Both, the Kandy Falcons as well as the Colombo Stars will be looking to secure a spot in the Finals of the ongoing season of the Lanka Premier League, as they face each other in Qualifier 2 on Thursday.
The winner of this contest will be facing a rampant Jaffna Kings, who are the defending champions and are featuring in their third consecutive finals.
KDW vs CLS Team Previews
The Falcons have been in spectacular form this season. After finishing at the bottom of the points table in the previous two seasons, most cricket pundits had written them off for this season too. But the Falcons had an excellent run in the league stage and topped the table.
The team faced the Jaffna Kings in a rain-marred Qualifier-1 on Wednesday. The Falcons chose to bat first and ended at 143-8 in their quota of 20 overs. Andre Fletcher, who is the leading run-scorer for the Falcons this season, got out cheaply but Pathum Nissanka and Kamindu Mendis once again came to the rescue, putting up a 61-run partnership to stabilize the innings.
Ashen Bandara had been pretty consistent with his batting in the league stage, failed to convert his start to a big score and the Falcons fell about 30 runs short of what they would have liked. Isuru Udana was quite expensive in his opening spell as he gave away 31 runs from his 2 overs. Carlos Brathwaite, while being expensive, took important wickets of Gurbaz and Avishka Fernando.
Just when the Falcon bowlers seemed to be pulling things back, the rain forced an abandonment, and the Kings were declared winners based on the DLS method. All eyes will be on Braithwaite and Fletcher in Qualifier-2 as they have been instrumental in getting the team so far in the competition.
Chamika Karunaratne has emerged as a reliable all-rounder this season and he too will play an important part.
Kandy Warriors Playing 11
ADS Fletcher, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Wanidu Hasaranga, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Chamika Karunaratne, Oshane Thomas, Isuru Udana, Chamindu Wijesinghe.
Despite losing the last 2 matches of the league stage, the Stars managed to limp through to the playoffs, finishing 3rd on the points table. They faced the 4th placed Galle Gladiators in yet another rain-affected match in the Eliminator.
Opting to bowl first in a shortened match, the Stars restricted the Gladiators to just 108-9 from 18 overs. Kasun Rajitha, who is the leading wicket-taker for the Stars, produced a superb spell of 9-2 in 4 overs, while Benny Howell picked up 3 wickets for 17 runs. Despite losing a couple of quick wickets at the top of the order, Ravi Bopara and Angelo Mathews ensured that the Stars’ kept their hopes of reaching the finals alive by seeing them through with 7 wickets in hand.
Dinesh Chandimal, along with Mathews and Bopara, has been the pick of the batsmen for the Stars. However, the others, including Nishan Madushka, Niroshan Dickwella, and Charith Asalanka have failed to have a significant impact on the proceedings.
The bowling effort to has been pretty average so far. The Stars have tried as many as 16 bowling options throughout the series but none of the bowlers have been consistent enough for them.
Colombo Stars Playing 11
Nishan Madushka, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Ravi Bopara, Angelo Mathews, Seekkuge Prasanna, Benny Howell, Mohammad Nabi, Dominic Drakes, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal.
KDW vs CLS Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss will be looking to bat first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The R. Premadasa Stadium has a flat pitch which is likely to aid the batsmen. The consistent and even bounce will make it easy to play the shots. However, it has been raining in Colombo and there is a lot of cloud cover due to which we might see some assistance for the seam bowlers. A score of over 150 will be difficult to chase here.
The temperature will remain in the mid-20s on Thursday and humidity is expected to remain above 90%.
KDW vs CLS Betting Tips
The Falcons have been clinical in their performance this season and have sailed smoothly into the playoffs. They had an off day during the Qualifier-1 but we expect them to come back strongly against the Stars. The Stars on the other hand have had it more cold than hot in this series and are likely to struggle against the Falcons.
Bet on the Kandy Falcons to win.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Brathwaite is the leading wicket-taker for this season and has picked up 17 wickets from just 7 matches. He has 2 4-wicket hauls against his name and has been the top bowler for his team in 5 of the 7 matches that he has played. We are therefore backing him to become the top bowler once again in this match.