Match Preview – Sri Lanka vs Australia, Australia in Sri Lanka 2022, 1st T20I

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.

These two parties met in a five-game T20I series in February with Australia winning 4-1 although the series was a bit closer than it looked with a game decided in a Super Over. that of Sri Lanka win in melbourne proved Australia are not invincible despite winning 10 of their previous 11 including the World Cup triumph, even though Australia were without World Cup winners David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for this game. Australia have since won a unique T20 in Pakistan with nine of their first-choice XI missing, while Sri Lanka lost 3-0 to India in India in February.
Sri Lanka named the newcomers Nuwanidu Fernando and Matheesha Pathirana in the team. Nuwanidu performed on the recent England tour with The Sri Lanka Development Team. Pathirana made headlines in the IPL play for Chennai Super Kings and will have the opportunity to work with Lasith Malinga in this series, who is the bowling coach again. But it looks like the hosts will be backing their senior bowlers with Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana set to lead a rotational try against Australia’s top order.
Australia have named a nearly complete and stable squad for the series with only Cummins (rest) and Adam Zampa (parental leave) missing, although Tim David not being selected occupies an important place on the outgoing squad heading to the World Cup. The visitors have named the proven and reliable top seven winners of the T20 World Cup in hopes that Aaron Finch and Smith can find some much-needed T20I racing ahead of the title defense on home soil.

(Last five matches completed; most recent first)

Wanindu Hasaranga is now the unequivocal leader of Sri Lanka’s attack and will be the key bowler for opponents to study after his performance in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took 26 wickets at 16.53 and a save rate of 7.54 in the tournament to finish one wicket short of purple cap winner Yuzvendra Chahal. He only played two games in the February series against Australia because he contracted Covid-19 midway through the series, but he took 3 for 38 and 2 for 33 in those games. He also took 2 for 22 in the match against Australia in the World Cup. Visitors have never faced it in Sri Lankan conditions. He could hold the key to the series. It will be interesting to see how the IPL experience has helped him.
Aaron Finch noted before he left for Sri Lanka that he needed a few errands to get “everyone on his back‘. The Aussie skipper went half a century and was named player of the match in his last T20I appearance against pakistan. But an uneven IPL, where he played just five games for Kolkata Knight Riders and had just one outstanding score, did little to quell the growing concern over his form. It’s not just the lack of races that are of concern, but his travel patterns and the manner in which he is fired are also causing concern outside of camp. But inside, Finch, coach Andrew McDonald and selectors are comfortable with the way he moves and are confident he is the right person to open the baton and lead Australia’s Cup defense of the world later in the year. A hard-hitting performance in Sri Lanka would take a lot of the pressure off.

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 announced their squad on Monday, making nine changes from the last T20I squad that played in April against pakistan. This unique victory for the T20I came at the end of an ODI series where most Australian first-choice teams were either rested or injured. Finch and Marcus Stoinis were the only two playing in Lahore who remain in the squad. Most of the big guns return with only Cummis and Zampa unavailable. Smith returns to the middle order with Finch admitting Josh Inglis was “really hard” to miss after playing the last six T20Is. Australia will return to the balance of seven batters and four bowlers and play only one spinner.

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.

  • Sri Lanka and Australia have only played four bilateral T20Is in Sri Lanka. They played two two-game series in 2011 and 2016 and the record is split 2-2 and two series each
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