Date & Time: Wednesday, October 30, 13:40 IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane, Australia
Sri Lanka hopes to put up a strong fight against Australia
At the start of this short T20I series, many have thought Sri Lanka will pose a stiff challenge to Australia, given their recent series win against Pakistan with a second-string squad, and considering the host’s moderate record in the format. But after the first T20I all of the above mentioned factors have had no effect. Sri Lanka has been as vulnerable as they were before their series against Pakistan.
There seemed to be a distant gulf between the two sides as Lankans struggled to find any sort of momentum throughout the 40 overs. On the other hand, the Aussies couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, as they had come up with the utmost dominant performance.
Sri Lanka is definitely in for at least a couple of changes. One of them will be bringing in Isuru Udana in place of Kasun Rajitha who recorded an all-time worst T20I figure. The other change might be the dropping of either Kusal Mendis or Perera.Australia is likely to bring in Billy Stanlake in place of Mitchell Starc who is not available for the selection.
The surface at Gabba is known for its bounce and carry. where all can exploit something of the surface. So expect a sporting game of cricket if both sides use the conditions on the offer to a good extent.
The Australian opener has found his feet running after a miserable Ashes in England. His century in the first T20I has set things up for the Aussies to post the fourth-highest total in T20Is. He has impressive numbers in the last 5 matches in the format where has a PPM of 93 and MDTA of 1.
The Aussie Skipper has lived up to the expectations on him in the first T20I with a crisp half-century. His career PPM of 50 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the format makes him a worthy pick in the fantasy cricket team. If he can see off Malinga’s opening spell as he did on Sunday, there is another good knock on the cards.
He has shown why he enjoys playing those crazy switch hits and reverse sweeps. He has continued the good work done by the opening pair and raised the total above par. He also proved to be an asset in the field as he is known for. We can expect nothing different from him in the second T20I.
The most consistent bowler for the Lankans in recent times was not at his best in the first game. His fellow mates’ poor show didn’t help him build pressure on the opposition either. But we expect him to come good given his record in the format in the past couple of months.