Date & Time: Sunday, September 01, 19:00 IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Fringe players in focus as actions shits to T20Is
After a leveled Test Series where Sri Lanka dominated in the first test and New Zealand in the second. The action now moves to the shortest format of the game as both sides start their preparation for WT20 2020 with the 3-match T20I series. For the very reason, both sides have rested a few of their experienced campaigners. So now it’s time for the fringe players to grab the opportunities. While coming to the form of both sides in this format, New Zealand has had good success in recent times and Sri Lanka has gone through their worst phase in the last 10 T20Is.
Sri Lanka Possible XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya/ Akila Dhanjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga (capture), Kasun Rajitha.
New Zealand Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (capture), Seth Rance/Scott Kuggelejin, Lockie Ferguson.
The surface in Pallekele has been batting friendly in the last 5 completed T20Is where the average score batting first is around 190. Although, the weather forecast for today with a few showers, the surface might not behave the same.
After his sensational World Cup campaign, Fernando continued the same form in the recent series against Bangladesh. He may not have had an impact in the few T20Is he played so far but the way he approached his game in ODIs promises that he will reflect the same in T20Is as well.
He may have had a quiet Test series but when comes to the shorter format he has been in good form of late. His record at the venue is impressive as he scored 207 runs in the last 5 games played here which makes him the worthy pick in the Dream11 cricket team.
He hasn’t been in the best of form in recent times across formats but he is a player who comes up with game-changing knocks from nowhere if he gets going. Adding to it, he has done well against Lankan bowlers in recent past.