SL vs Aus 1st T20

(Match Preview, Playing XI, H2H Record, Ground Stats, Weather Report, Pitch Report and Match Prediction)

Match Preview: (By-Vishnu)

         Hello and welcome to the match preview of the 1st T20 International between Sri Lanka and Australia which will be played in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 7th June.

         Sri Lanka played their last T20 International back in February. They lost the series 3-0 against India. They will be looking to give a better performance on their home soil and clinch the series. The batting onus will be on the likes of Nissanka and Mendis. Rajapaksa was in great touch in the recently concluded Tata IPL and he will be the player to watch out for. The captain, Shanaka will also be looking to continue his good form. Hasaranga who was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded IPL will be the x-factor for the Lankans. Chameera and Theekshana will be their ace bowlers and the team will depend on them in the powerplay overs. The ‘young Malinga’ Pathirana will be looking to make his mark in his first major series.

         Australia played their last T20 International in early April this year. In their last subcontinent assignment, they beat Pakistan by 1-0 in the one match T20 International series. The batting department will be in the capable hands of the captain, Finch, and the veteran, Warner who was in sublime form in India. The middle-order looks solid in the form of Marsh, Maxwell, and Stoinis. They have a deadly fast-attack comprising Starc and Hazlewood but they will surely miss the services of Adam Zampa on this turning track.

Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (C), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nuwanidu Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lakshan Sandakan

Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner

H2H Record:

Total Matches: 22
Sri Lanka Won: 9
Australia Won: 13

H2H Record at R Premadasa Stadium:

Total Matches: 1
Sri Lanka Won: 0
Australia Won: 1

Weather Report:

         According to experts, during the match time the temperature will remain around 27°C and humidity will be 82%. The speed of the wind will be around 14 km/h and there are chances of rain.

Pitch report:

         The pitch at the R.Prema Dasa Stadium generally remains slow therefore making it easier for the spinners. Batsman has to be careful and play sensibly on this wicket. The average first innings score is around 154 runs and the winning percentage of the team batting second is around 54%. The captain winning the toss can opt to bowl.

Match Prediction:

Match: Australia will win

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