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LPL 2024 Match 1, KFL vs DS | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

Wanindu Hasaranga leads Kandy in LPL [X]Wanindu Hasaranga leads Kandy in LPL [X]

On Monday, Kandy will take on Dambulla in match 1 of the much-anticipated Lanka Premier League 2024. The high-voltage clash is scheduled at the Pallekele International Stadium. 

KFL vs DS: Team Previews

Led by Wanindu Hasaranga, Kandy had a triumphant LPL 2023 campaign, defeating Dambulla in the final of the competition. 

This year, they seem to be even stronger on paper, having assembled a formidable squad comprising several outright match-winners. 

Kandy's batting will heavily rely on Andre Fletcher, Mohammad Haris, Dinesh Chandimal and Kamindu Mendis, with all-rounders like Angelo Mathews, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka providing flexibility to their side. 

Kasun Rajitha and Dushmantha Chameera will play key roles with the ball, while the eyes will also be on Mohammad Ali, who recently had stellar success for Multan Sultans in the PSL 2024. 

On the other hand, Dambulla Sixers have a solid overseas core, studded with Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Mark Chapman and the in-form Towhid Hridoy. 

While Nuwanidu Fernando offers stability to their batting unit, Danushka Gunathilaka and skipper Kusal Perera bring massive experience to the table. 

The Sixers' bowling unit looks robust, with Dilshan Madushanka leading the pack alongside Nuwan Thushara and Mustafizur Rahman. 

KFL vs DS: Match details & Live streaming

Date & TimeJuly 1, 07.30 PM IST
VenuePallekele International Stadium
Live broadcast & streamingStar Sports Network & FanCode

KFL vs DS: Pallekele International Stadium pitch report

As it's the first game of the tournament, expect a fresh pitch offering a hint of seam movement to the fast bowlers early on with the new ball. The spinners will also get some turn across both innings, while the batters would like to use the track's even pace and bounce to score runs. 

Considering Pallekele's track record, 170-175 could be a winning total here. As it will likely be a fresh pitch, the toss-winner might opt to bowl first. 

KFL vs DS: Probable playing XIs

Kandy: Mohammad Haris, Andre Fletcher, Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (WK), Angelo Mathews, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Mohammad Ali

Sixers: Kusal Perera (C/WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Danushka Gunathilaka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Towhid Hridoy, Mohammad Nabi, Praveen Jayawickrama, Akila Dananjaya, Dilshan Madushanka, Nuwan Thushara, Mustafizur Rahman

KFL vs DS: Fantoss fantasy tips

Wicket-keepersDinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Andre Fletcher
BattersKamindu Mendis, Towhid Hridoy
All-roundersWanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Nabi, Angelo Mathews, Nuwanidu Fernando
BowlersDushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara
CaptainWanindu Hasaranga
Vice CaptainKamindu Mendis/Nuwan Thushara

KFL vs DS: Winner prediction

Considering the strength of both teams, we reckon Kandy will defeat Dambulla to open their account in the LPL 2024 points table.