Dubai. Former champions Sri Lanka will look to take full advantage of the poor form of Australia’s top-order batsmen in their Group I match of the ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 on Thursday. Sri Lanka won the title in 2014 but this time they had to play in the qualifiers where they finished on top winning all three matches. He then defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in his first match of the Super 12.
On the other hand, Australia, who have not yet won the T20 World Cup, had to struggle to reach the target of 119 runs against South Africa in the first match. His score was 38 for three at one point and he was able to register a win in the last over. Captain Aaron Finch could not even open the account while David Warner, who was struggling to score runs for some time, again returned to the pavilion cheaply. Mitchell Marsh’s bat is also not running. Australia desperately need a good start and are dependent on Finch and Warner for that. If Australia has to beat the Sri Lankan spinners, then both of them will have to perform well.
Steve Smith was in charge of the innings against South Africa and his performance will matter a lot as he progresses in the tournament. Finch will also expect a good performance from Marsh. The good news for Australia is that Glenn Maxwell has maintained his Indian Premier League form with both batting and bowling. He has provided options to the captain in the last match by taking one wicket in four overs. But the Sri Lankan team has good spinners and it will not be easy for the Australian batsmen to score runs on the slow pitch here. The return of Mahish Dikshana, who could not play against Bangladesh due to injury, will boost the morale of the team. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s performance will also mean a lot for Sri Lanka.
The responsibility of Australia will rest on its fast bowlers. Josh Hazlewood proved his mettle for IPL champion Chennai Super Kings. With him Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins can create trouble for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Sri Lanka will be under pressure if Australia gets the wicket early. Opener Kusal Perera can prove to be dangerous but Hazlewood and his teammates will face a tough test. Captain Dasun Shanaka will also expect good contributions from Charit Aslanka, Pathum Nisanka and Avishka Fernando. Aslanka played a key role in the team’s victory in the last match. In such circumstances, the outcome of the match will largely depend on the performance of the batsmen of both the teams.
The two teams are as follows:
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa .
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjay de Silva, Pathum Nisanka, Charith Aslanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chamira, Lahiru Kumara, Mahesh Dikshana, Binura Fernando. The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.