Hosts Australia will lock horns with Sri Lanka in the 19th match of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Tuesday, October 25.
The defending champions recently faced an embarrassing loss against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in their opening Super 12 fixture. While the Islanders registered a dominating win over Ireland in their first Super 12 clash.
Australia will be hoping to get back to winning ways in order to stay alive in the tournament. Conversely, the Asia Cup winners will be looking for another victory to strengthen their chances of going further in the global competition.
Fans can expect a full 40-overs contest as there is a little chance of rain in Perth.
The team winning the toss might opt to bat first at this venue as it offers decent support to the batters. The bounce in the pitch favours the spinners as well.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch(captain), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(wk), Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Current form :
- Australia: LLLWW (last five completed matches; most recent first)
- Sri Lanka: WWWLW
*W – Win; L – Loss
What they said:
“I know for a fact that it won’t be spinning as much as it was over there (in Sri Lanka), so that’s a plus in itself. I think, in general, our team and the way we play, we play spin very well, certainly in Australian conditions. I’m looking forward to that challenge, but we know they’re two world-class bowlers. And Sri Lanka are a very dangerous side, so we’ll have to get our matchups right and make sure that we’re on,” said Australia batter Mitchell Marsh ahead of the match against the Lankans.
“Death bowling is a key area, the start with the bat is very important, and that’s where we can take positives going ahead,” Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka had said after Ireland’s game.