Sri Lanka and Australia will face each other in the 1st fixture of the 3-match bilateral T20I series at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Tuesday.
Both teams went head-to-head earlier this year, with Australia winning the series by 4-1. In a one-off T20I against Pakistan, they chased down the target of 163 successfully. The key players for the team will be Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood.
After losing to Australia, Sri Lanka faced a 3-0 loss to India as well. But the home conditions would keep them confident ahead of this game. The likes of Pathum Nissanka and Wanindu Hasaranga are vital players for them.
Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd T20I
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: 7th June at 7:00 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony Six and Sony LIV app.
Time for the national anthems – it’s Australia’s first and then followed by that of Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka – The boys have performed well with their respective franchises in the IPL and this is a confident side. We have grown as a team over the past few months. Happy to bat first, looks like a good surface.
Aaron Finch – We will bowl first, looks like a very good wicket and we back ourselves to chase any score down. A bit dry, but should be a good batting surface once the bal goes soft. Maxwell has shown both for Australia and in the IPL that he can bowl at any time and at any stage of the game, so we are happy to go with just one specialist spinner
The rain has stayed away, it’s a beautiful evening here in Colombo. It’s a belter of a pitch, nice and even, it’s dry and very hard, a few cracks which will not come into play. There should be good pace and carry throughout, the toss doesn’t matter a lot with no dew expected, reckons Russel Arnold, in his pitch report
Sri Lanka Squad: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa(w), Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Praveen Jayawickrama, Nuwanidu Fernando, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade(w), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Inglis