The Sri Lankan team performed better than any team so far in terms of their betting. Especially against Bangladesh. In that match, the captain of the Sri Lankan team Dasun Shanaka decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Bangladesh scored 171 runs with the loss of four wickets. In reply, Sri Lanka lost their four wickets with 79 runs on the board in 9.4 overs. After four wickets down Charith and Bhanuka took charge and smashed all Bangladeshi bowlers all around the park. Sri Lanka chased down the target in 18.5 overs.
You will be surprised to know that head to head these two teams played sixteen T20I’s and both won eight each. According to the current form of both team players, Australia struggling in batting, and Sri Lanka not doing so well with bowling. It can be the most entertaining t20 match so far if both teams will try their best.
SL vs Aus Highlights Today, Thursday 28-10-2021. 22nd Match (N), Group 1, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sri Lanka vs Australia, from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Australia won the toss and chose to bowl.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Kusal Perera (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Wanindu Hasaranga, 6 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Maheesh Theekshana.
Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: WWWWL
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Joel Wilson
Match number – T20I no. 1373 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 22nd Match
Post Match Presentation.
Player of the Match is Adam Zampa for his 2 for 12 on a batting-friendly wicket:
“Sri Lanka got off to a flyer so we needed to peg it back when we did. I think it was quite slow in the first innings and spun a bit more than it did in the second innings. I think the moisture and dew took effect in the second innings. I find [Sri Lanka] really challenging, very good players of spin so I’m glad to have the night I did.
I’ve tended to try a little bit of Powerplay and a bit of death but with the team that we have and the big 3 quicks. They’ll bowl in the Powerplay and Glenn Maxwell bowls a bit in the Powerplay too and has a really good record. So my job is to take wickets in the middle and make it easier for guys on the back end. David played really well. It’s really nice for those guys to get time in the middle. They’ve had a bit of pressure from the media but Finchy played really well, Steve played really well and so did Davey.”
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka:
“We got the start that we really needed but in the middle phase we were not able to capitalize. We could have done a little well in the middle period, missing out really cost us. It’s a bit of a concern. The other day, Asalanka took us home. The set batsman needs to take us home.
I felt slightly we were 25-30 runs short on that wicket. We know how good those two batsmen are in world cricket. We have to bowl well and contain them in the Powerplay and we couldn’t do that. In the coming games, we should capitalize in the Powerplay with the ball. The Sharjah wicket, we’ve played two games there so we have some good plans and we should come well in the next game.”
Australia captain Aaron Finch:
“That was a really good performance. Sri Lanka got away to a flyer with the bat and the way that Adam Zampa, in particular, was able to drag that back through the middle, and then Mitchell Starc to have a real impact and bowl them two overs back-to-back through the middle phase where generally we would go with two at the death, he was fantastic. I felt like they were going at 15 an-over through the Powerplay.
I still felt it was a really good wicket so to chase that down was really nice. We knew we had to be a little bit calmer because when the ball was flying around it felt like they were going at 15 an-over but when you looked up it was only 8 an-over. So it’s just a bit of a reminder to stick to our plans and don’t start playing on emotion because that’s not when Australia plays our best cricket. They’re such a dangerous side and have guys who can take away the game quickly.
We knew that spin was going to have such a big impact outside the Powerplay. Hasaranga, and the offspinner Theekshana, so we knew their quicks we had to take a bit of a chance on and we got away with it but Davey played a beautiful knock. As a batter, I love batters getting [Player of the Match] but I think when you’re looking at the impact on a game, Zamps was terrific tonight.
On the back of a really good Powerplay from Sri Lanka. The way that he controlled the game. Especially from that bottom end where the right-handers had a short boundary to hit to, he was fantastic. He got big wickets. That was a world-class performance from him. It’s always a great battle [against England]. We’re looking forward to it. They’ve probably been the form side in white-ball cricket for a long time. We love playing them and it’ll be an entertaining game.”