Australia and Sri Lanka are set to cross swords in Match No.22 of the T20 World Cup on Thursday, October 28 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. The Aussies, led by Aaron Finch, started their campaign with a five-wicket win over South Africa and the win should keep their confidence high.
However, they will look to be a little more clinical with the bat in hand. The Lankans, led by Dasun Shanaka, on the other hand, defeated Bangladesh in their opening game on October 24 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Moreover, they have won four games in a row and are yet to lose in the ongoing World Cup.
Australia vs Sri Lanka Live
Match – Australia vs Sri Lanka – Match 22
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
The pitch in Dubai has played a tad indifferently at times. While at times, wickets have gone down at a brisk rate, runs have also flowed. But the track has helped the chasing teams to a significant extent. Chasing should remain the way forward for both teams.
Average score: 124 (3 T20Is in Dubai in T20 World Cup 2021)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 0, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Bench: Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Swepson, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar
Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana/Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Bench: Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando/Maheesh Theekshana, Dinesh Chandimal
Matches- 16, Sri Lanka – 8, Australia – 8, N/R- 0
In T20 World Cups
Matches- 3, Sri Lanka – 1, Australia – 2, N/R- 0
Probable best batter of the match
David Warner (Australia)
David Warner is a class act and there’s very little doubt on the potential he has. But he has looked a tad out of sorts in recent times. He didn’t have great outings for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. In the first game, he smashed three fours on his way to 14 before Kagiso Rabada dismissed him. The Lankans can’t afford to undermine him.
Probable best bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)
Wanindu Hasaranga has been a tough nut to crack in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup. In four matches, the leg-spinner has picked up six wickets at an impressive economy rate of 5.28. In the previous game, Hasaranga couldn’t get a scalp, but is expected to make a comeback. Not to forget that he is a more than handy batter.
Today’s match prediction: Australia to win the match.