Jaffna Kings are current champions and have won four of their last five games against Colombo Stars.
The final of the Lanka Premier League 2022 between Jaffna Kings and Colombo Stars will take place on Friday at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo (December 23). Jaffna Kings concluded the group rounds of this season’s tournament in second place with six victories out of eight games, having previously won the competition. They qualified for the final by defeating group-leading Kandy Falcons by 24 runs using the D/L method in Qualifier 1. The player of the match against the Falcons was Carlos Brathwaite, who currently has the most wickets in the competition with two.
Colombo Stars finished the group-stage round in the third position with just three wins from eight matches. But they managed to overcome a challenge from Galle Gladiators in the Eliminator clash with a seven-wicket win and then surprisingly beat the Falcons in the Qualifier 2 clash by six wickets. Charith Asalanka smashed 64 runs off 40 balls while chasing a big 169-run target with seven balls remaining to qualify for the final. Jaffna Kings have won four of their last five matches against Colombo Stars and are favorites to win this fixture as well.
Venue: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: December 23, 07:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & SonyLiv
The R Premadasa Stadium pitch in Colombo provides significant assistance for the bowlers with an average first innings score of 147 runs. Teams have triumphed in each of the last five games while on the offensive, including the most recent game, in which Colombo easily overcame a 169-run deficit. Therefore, the toss will play a significant role in the season’s last game.
Probable Playing XI for JK vs CS:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Afif Hossain, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Dunith Wellalage, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera, Zaman Khan, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth.
Nishan Madushka (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Ravi Bopara, Angelo Mathews (c), Benny Howell, Seekkuge Prasanna, Mohammad Nabi, Dominic Drakes, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal.