Clashing Teams- Sri Lanka and Australia
Date- June 7th, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time- 07:00 PM
Venue-R Premadasa Stadium , Colombo
Live Telecast- Star Sports Network and Disney Hotstar
Sri Lanka is all set to host mighty Australia for an enthralling three-match T20I series set to launch on Tuesday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka recently traveled to Australia for a five match T20I series where the hosts crushed them down with a 4-1 tally. Revenge-eying Sri Lanka is pumped with the likes of in-form Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Matheesa Pathirana.
Backing home advantage, Sri Lanka will aim to set the bar high in the inaugural T20I itself. The Island nation has named an ambitious team with a blend of newcomers complimenting the experience of senior players. Numanidu Fernando and baby Malinga- Matheesha Pathirana are expected to make a debut in Tuesday’s match.
Team Australia has triumphed nine of their last ten T20Is and will be a tough nut to crack for the hosts. The yellow army played their most recent T20I assignment in Pakistan in April and won the subcontinent series with a roaring dominance. Aaron Finch-led side will be eager to stand tall against Sri Lanka’s bunch of skilled spinners and to start the series on a positive note.
The T20I World Champions come into this T20I battle while boasting an almost fully-fit squad. The likes of Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell and David Warner enjoyed a decent run in the recently wrapped-up Indian Premier League and looks all set to carry the legacy forward. However, the Aussies might have a tough time in the middle overs as Adam Zampa is not considered for the T20I challenge.
A cracking contest is on the cards with both sides boasting a handful of exciting players in their ranks. However, Australia looks a bit more confident with plenty of T20I success by their side. Sri Lanka is expected to trouble their guests, especially with the ball. At the end, Finch’s men are expected to take an early lead by beating the hosts in Tuesday’s game.
Top Batter for Team Sri Lanka- Pathum Nissanka- The Sri Lankan opener was at his ultimate best when the two teams met previously this year and was also the top scorer of the series. Nissanka has scored 562 runs in 19 T20I innings with a strike-rate of 120.
Top Batter for Team Australia-David Warner – David Warner was amongst the highest run getters in IPL 2022. Warner has scored 2554 runs in 88 T20I innings with a rocketing strike-rate of 140.34
Probable Playing XI For The Match
Sri Lanka- Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha
Australia- Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood