LPL 2023 Points Table: Dambulla, Kandy qualify for the playoffs

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We are into the business end of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 league stages with only 4 games left. The fans are enjoying the tournament with so many good players playing in this league. We have seen some close games till now, and two teams out of 5 have already qualified for the playoffs. Three teams are still fighting for the other two spots in the top 4. Today, we will see what is the LPL 2023 points table till now (as of Match No. 16). So let’s start.

LPL 2023 points table

Dambulla Aura – The table toppers

Kusal Mendis led side is sitting at the top of the LPL 2023 points table with 5 wins in 7 games. As we are writing this article, they just won their 5th game of the tournament against Colombo Strikers convincingly by 50 runs. 

Leading run scorers and wicket takers for Dambulla

Avishka Fernando has scored the most runs for Dambulla so far in LPL 2023. Overall, he is at No. 3 in the leading run scorers list with 167 runs in 6 games with an average of 33.40 and a strike rate of 123.70.

Dambulla has a very good bowling unit with three of the bowlers, Hasan Ali, B Fernando, and Noor Ahmad featuring in the top 10 list of highest wicket-takers in LPL 2023.

They have already qualified for the playoffs. Surely they will look to win the title this year. They haven’t won the LPL title yet. Their only game in the league stage is left against B-Love Kandy, which will be played on August 14.

B-Love Kandy also qualified for the playoffs

B-Love Kandy is the 2nd team to qualify for the playoffs. They are sitting at No. 2 in the LPL 2023 points table with 4 wins in 6 games. Kandy sealed their playoff spot after beating Jaffna Kings by 8 runs.

Hasaranga leading from the front

Wanindu Hasaranga has been leading his team from the front. He is doing well with both, bat and ball. Hasaranga is in the top 5 list of both categories.

With the bat, he has scored 153 runs in 5 innings with an average of 38.25 with an astonishing strike rate of 206.76. In bowling, he has taken 8 wickets with an average of 15. 

Collective bowling unit – The reason for Kandy’s success till now

Three bowlers in the top 10 highest wicket-takers list are from B-Love Kandy. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep are the other bowlers than Hasaranga to feature in the top 10 list. They have a very balanced side and have the potential to win the title this season.

Jaffna Kings – No. 3 in the LPL 2023 points table

Jaffna franchise is the most successful franchise in Lanka Premier League’s history. They have won all three titles (2020, 2021, and 2022) in LPL history. Surely, they will look to make it four in a row this year.

One of the best batting lineups in LPL 2023

Jaffna, with 3 wins in 7 games, is sitting at No. 3 in the LPL 2023 points table. They have one of the best batting lineups on paper. There are so many big names in their lineup like David Miller, Shoaib Malik, Chris Lynn, R Gurbaz, C Asalanka, etc. Captain T Perera himself is a very good hitter of the cricket ball. They are one of the contenders to reach the playoffs in LPL 2023.

Galle Titans

Galle has been fell short of winning the title two times in a row. They reach the final in 2020 and 2021 but lost both times to Jaffna Kings (earlier known as Jaffna Stallions).

Right now, they are at No. 4 in the LPL 2023 points table with 2 wins in 6 games. Their last two games will be against Jaffna Kings and Colombo Strikers on August 13 and 15 respectively.

Colombo Strikers – Last in the points table right now

The franchise has also won 2 games out of 6. But their net run rate (NRR) is less than Galle Titans. That’s why they are at No. 5 in the points table.

Colombo will look to win their last two league stage matches to stamp the authority and to advance to the top 4 spots.

Babar showing his class in LPL as well

One of the best batters in world cricket, Babar Azam has been phenomenal in the LPL 2023 so far. He has scored the most runs till now. In 6 games, he has scored 246 runs with an average of 41 and a strike rate of almost 139. Let’s see if he can help his team to take it to the playoffs.

Conclusion

So this is the LPL 2023 points table so far. What do you think? Who will be the other two teams to reach the playoffs? Comment your predictions below.

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