Date & Time: Sunday, October 27, 09:00 IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Confident Sri Lanka geared up for the Aussie contest
As the World T20 2020 is less than a year to go, the hosts start building their squad with the Series against Sri Lanka. The squad featured the return of the duo Steve Smith and David Warner after a long time in the shortest format and also a rare site of Mitchel Starc and Pat Cummins together in the format. It is a sign of Australia trying to give the game time for their big players leading into the mega event and also a sign of building the core which hasn’t been the case over the years. On the other hand, the team from Sri Lanka is filled with young talent and is coming from a morale-boosting series win against the No.1 team in the world. Now the challenge for them is all about adapting to the conditions which are quite different from the subcontinent.
Australia Possible XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Sri Lanka Possible XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mends, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga (c), Nuwan Pradeep
The Adelaide Oval has been a good sporting track over the years and it has produced few high scores. Since it is just the start of the season expect the movement of the deck for pacers. The forecast is quite clear for the day with few periodic clouds around.
He is the leader of the Australian batting line up when comes it to T20Is. He has been in decent form in this year’s T20 Blast where he has played a few match-winning knocks for Surrey. He has a PPM of close to 50 and an MDTA of 1.6. But the only area of concern is, he has struggled against Malinga in the format where he has 11 runs of 15 balls.
He has only played a handful of T20Is in his career, yet in this very few he has shown that he has what a modern batsman wants. His 77 in the second T20I against Pakistan helped Lankans to seal the series. He has a PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the last 5 matches.
He may not have played a big knock in the last 5 matches but his good starts when bathing at the top and his cameos at the back end of the innings proved vital for the side. He has a PPM of 43 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 games.
He may have lost his shine in One Day cricket but when it comes to T20s he still holds the x-factor in him. This year’s T20 Blast, he has come up with a few all-round performances for Lancashire. He has a PPM of close to 60 and an MDTA of 1.43 in T20Is.
He may not have been a regular part of the T20I squad but he is known for coming up with furious spells in the shorter format. On Sunday, if conditions offer slight assistance to swing he can clean up the Lanka top order.