BLK vs DA, LPL 2023 Live Score: B Love Kandy have made some remarkable turnarounds as they registered four consecutive wins after losing the first two fixtures of the LPL 2023 by huge margins. Currently, they occupy a spot in the top two & a win in this fixture will guarantee them a place in the Playoffs. Facing them are Dambulla Aura who are currently occupying a top spot on the Points Table. The fixture is between the table toppers & a win will help them to fix a spot in the much-anticipated Qualifiers
BLK vs DA, LPL 2023: TEAMS PREVIEW
B-Love Kandy Preview
B Love Candy is marching into this clash on the back of a loss against Colombo Strikers. After winning four matches at a trot they suffered a setback from the hands of Strikers. Chasing a 170-run target, Kandy fell short of just 9 runs. Hasaranga once again stood for his team by scoring 40 off 21 balls & even returning with figures of 2-21.
Hasaranga is Kandy’s leading run-scorer returning with 193 runs at a strike rate of 203. He is also their top wicket-taker by returning with 10 wickets at an economy of 5.49. He will surely be their torch bearer in this crucial clash. Fakhar Zaman will provide him with good support at the top. He has so far scored 148 runs in 5 innings at 113 & will hope to continue his form. Angelo Mathews is another star of their lineup returning with figures of 128 runs & 7 wickets. He adds depth to both their batting & bowling order.
In the bowling department, Pacers Nuwan Pradeep has scalped 9 wickets in 4 matches at 5.49 & Isuru Udana too supported him by returning with figures of 9 wickets in 7 matches at 8.62. The duo will continue to be their biggest bets in the bowling department.
Dambulla Aura Preview
Dambulla Aura is leading the Points table after winning four matches on a trot. Their previous fixture against Colombo Strikers ended in their favor with massive 50 runs win. Dambulla scored 166-5 in 20 overs & then bowled Strikers for just 116.
In the batting order, Ben McDermott starred with the bat by scoring 69 runs off 46 balls. Their stunning 102-run stand with Alex Ross (52 off 38) laid the foundation for their glorious win. For Dambulla Aura, opener Avishka Fernando (174 runs in 7 innings at 121) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (154 runs in 7 innings at 130.50) will be their biggest strengths. Kusal Mendis is another reliable batter who will continue to guide them in this crucial fixture.
In the bowling order, Paistani pacer Hasan Ali is their star bowler with seven wickets at an economy of 6.31 in 4 innings. Binura Fernando and left-arm wrist spinner Noor Ahmad have also taken 7 wickets each, and have played crucial roles in Dambulla’s rise this season. Though they are already qualified for the Playoffs, a win in this fixture will guide them straight to the Qualifiers.
BLK vs DA, LPL 2023: Match Details
Match Details: BLK vs DA, LPL 2023 Match 18
Date and Time: August 14, 07:30 pm IST/ 02:00 pm GMT/ 07:30 pm local
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Predicted Playing XIs
B-Love Kandy Predicted Playing XI:
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris (wk), Sahan Arachchige, Angelo Mathews, Ashen Bandara, Asif Ali, Chaturanga de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Isuru Udana, Mohammad Hasnain, Nuwan Pradeep
Dambulla Aura Predicted Playing XI:
Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (c & wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ben McDermott, Alex Ross, Dhananjaya de Silva, Janith Liyanage, Dushan Hemantha, Hasan Ali, Noor Ahmad, Binura Fernando
BLK vs DA Dream11 Prediction Picks:
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Haris
Batters: Fakhar Zaman, Avishka Fernando
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Mathews
Bowlers: Noor Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep
BLK vs DA Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:
Choice 1: Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Dhananjaya de Silva (vc)
Choice 2: Angelo Mathews (c), Mohammad Haris (vc)
The pitch at R Premadasa Stadium is batters friendly as the ball comes nicely on the bat allowing batters to make their strikes smoothly. The pitch also provides some amount of pace & bounce aiding pacers. But as the match progresses the pitch will assist spinners. The climate in Colombo is cloudy with the expectation of little drizzles.
Toss: The team winning the toss should opt to bat first as the teams batting first have found more success on this pitch.
Both teams have been the top performers in the league & are doing extremely well in the LPL 2023. However, looking at the Performances & team Composition it looks like Dambulla Aura are favorites to win this clash. But with Hasaranga in B Love Kandy’s lineup, they could get tough competition from B Love Kandy’s lineup.
Prediction: Dambulla Aura to win this fixture.