Match Preview – Sri Lanka vs Australia, Australia in Sri Lanka 2022, 1st T20I
The ongoing political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka means preparation for Australia’s first three-format tour of the island nation in six years has been calmer than it might have otherwise been. But the arrival of the reigning T20 world champions is a welcome sight for Sri Lankan cricket fans who hope their side can be more competitive heading into the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia under the guidance of the new trainer Chris Silverwood.
(Last five matches completed; most recent first)
Hasaranga, Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera are almost certain to form the core of the attack, with allrounders Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis and captain Dasun Shanaka possibly producing the remaining overs. On the batting front, Sri Lanka will have to decide whether Pathum Nissanka or Kusal Mendis’ partner Danushka Gunathilaka will lead, and whether Nuwanidu Fernando will make his debut, which would lengthen the batting order.
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Kusal Mendis (wk), 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Ramesh Mendis, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Mahiesh Theekshana
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (captain), 2 David Warner, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Steven Smith, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Kane Richardson, 11Josh Hazlewood
There has been a lot of rain in Colombo. The square has a lot of grass on it and the outfield is heavy and likely to be quite slow. The terrain is expected to be sticky given the humidity.
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