(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 2nd T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia which will be played in R.Premadasa Stadium on 8th June.
Sri Lanka got a good start in the first T20 but eventually ended with just 128 runs on the board. They lost their last 9 wickets for just 28 runs and that tells a story. Nissanka and Gunathilaka provided them a decent start. Gunathilaka departed on 26 then came to Asalanka and with Nissanka he took the team to 100 runs. After that, they crumbled like a pack of cards. Their bowling did not do much either and Australia chased the target with 6 overs to spare. They will want to win the 2nd T20 as it will be or die match for them.
Australia comfortably won the first T20. Finch and Warner made a mockery of the 129-run chase. Both hit the fifties and remained not out. Earlier it was their bowlers, who set the template for the win. Hazlewood breathed fire and Starc joined him too. The former took 4 wickets and the latter took 3 wickets. They will look to win the 2nd T20 as well and clinch the series.
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
Total Matches: 23
Sri Lanka Won: 9
Australia Won: 14
H2H Record at R Premadasa Stadium:
Total Matches: 2
Sri Lanka Won: 0
Australia Won: 2
According to experts, during the match time, the temperature will remain around 28°C and humidity will be 83%. The speed of the wind will be around 14 km/h and the sky will be full of clouds.
It will be the same surface that was used in the 1st T20. The pitch will remain slow but the overcast conditions will assist fast bowlers. Batsman has to be careful and play sensibly on this wicket. The average first innings score is around 150 runs and the winning percentage of the team batting second is around 56. The captain winning the toss can opt to bowl.
Match: Australia will win