Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021:
Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021:

Time: October 28, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Pitch Report

The average first and second innings scores, in the ongoing T20 World Cup, at Dubai read 116 and 117 respectively. While the highest score is 152 for no loss by Pakistan, the lowest is 55 all-out by West Indies. The team batting second has won all three matches.

The pitch has been helpful for pacers and spinners alike. However, it gets easier to bat on as the innings progresses.

Teams

Probable XI for Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Probable XI for Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana

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Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Fantasy Team
Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021 Fantasy Team

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Power Players

Charith Asalanka (80* off 49) single-handedly kept Sri Lanka in the hunt when they were chipping away wickets in the first half of the innings against Bangladesh. He kept playing his strokes, making sure he doesn’t let the opposition off the hook. He upped the ante when Bhanuka Rajapaksa (53 off 31) matched him shot for shot, lifting Sri Lanka from a losing position of 79 for 4 to successfully chasing a challenging target of 172 in 18.5 overs.

Australia need Steven Smith’s composure in the middle-order, especially given the fact their openers have been out of form. It was his responsible innings of 35 off 34 against a disciplined South Africa that kept his team afloat.

Glenn Maxwell has scored a hundred (145*) and two fifties against Sri Lanka in a mere 4 innings. Safe to say that he likes to feed on the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Adam Zampa bowled impressively against South Africa, finishing with bowling figures of 2 for 21. Against Sri Lanka, he has bagged 14 wickets in 7 games under an economy of 6 RPO. These numbers speak volumes of his abilities in the shortest format.

Smart Picks

Lahiru Kumara showed aggression and intent against Bangladesh, bowling expressed pace and tight lines. He is likely to be pitted against David Warner and Aaron Finch who have been struggling for runs.

Josh Hazlewood continued his good form in the UAE. The pitches here seem to be favourable for his bowling style. He finished with 2 for 19.

David Warner may draw some confidence from the fact that he has a good record against Sri Lanka: he has smashed 447 runs with a strike rate of 137, including a hundred and 4 fifties in 12 T20Is.

Maheesh Theekshana has had a decent tournament thus far, sniping up 6 wickets in 3 games and giving away only 5 RPO.

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Match Prediction

Both teams come from a successful chase: while Sri Lanka batted on a friendlier track, Australia made a mockery of a paltry target.

Given the recent form, Sri Lanka are ahead in the race. They are used to these conditions and boast of a well-balanced unit. On the other hand, Australia have out-of-form players at their disposal, and worse, they are yet to find a balance.

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