MATCH 23 (CTT21.067) SRI LANKAN LIONS (SLL) v BLACK CAPS (BCP) 1600 GMT | 1800 CET | 2130 IST
SLL Last Five Matches: W L L W W (Avg Score For 100, Avg Score Against 87)
BCP Last Five Matches: L W L L L (Avg Score For 91, Avg Score Against 105)
SRI LANKAN LIONS (SLL)
Captain: Nalin Pathirana
Wicketkeeper: Nalin Pathirana
Projected Top Four: Sachithra Tharanga, BLCS Kumara, Roshan Sirwardana, Sachithra Pathirana
Projected Opening Bowlers: Kamal Raiz, Ruwan Manawasingha
SRI LANKAN LIONS Key Players:
Chamal Sadun, left handed opening batter, second highest scorer for SLLscoring 135 runs in six games. Has also picked up SEVEN wickets.
Sachithra Tharanga, experienced right handed batter, top scorer for SLL muscling 160 runs in six games including a match winning 57 off 30 balls vs NCT.
Samith Mapalagama, the right arm medium pacer has scalped 10 wickets in four games in the Encore leading the wickets column for SLL.
Roshan Sirwardana, the right arm medium pacer is the second highest wicket taker for SLL picking up EIGHT wickets in six games with a best return of 3-11.
BLACK CAPS (BCP)
Captain: Rajwinder Brar
Wicketkeeper: Abid Ali
Projected Top Four: Waqas Akhtar, Kulwinder Singh, Pawandeep, Hardeep Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Resham Singh, Waqas Akhtar
Spin Options: Gagandeep Singh
BLACK CAPS Key Players:
Waqas Akhtar, the all-rounder has scored 82 runs in six games in the Encore and is the second highest scorer for BCP.
Resham Singh, right hand batter,opening bowler with decent pace, top scorer for BCP in the Encore scoring 96 runs in five innings including an unbeaten 60 off 31 balls vs CES. Has also picked up THREE wickets.
Rajwinder Brar, the skipper is leading from the front picking up the most wickets for his side. He has scalped FOUR wickets in six games.
Sri Lankan Lions have moved up to third place with a couple of wins over NFCC last night and are strong contenders to finish in the top four. Runners-up in the recently concluded series, Black Caps have struggled in the Encore losing five of their six matches. BCP need to pick up their performance if they want similar success.
Last time they met: CTT21.024 | BCP 110(9.1) def SLL 107 (28 Sep 2021)
Match Prediction: Sri Lankan Lions and Black Caps to rack up a win apiece.
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