After disappointing One-Day series loss Sri Lanka will look to revive in Twenty20 International series against Australia in 2-match T20 Series starting 6 September. Australia have their head held high clinching ODI series 4-1, especially after clean sweep in test series.
Fixture: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st T20I Match/ SL vs AUS
Time/Date: 07:00 PM IST/ 01:30 PM GMT/ 07:00 PM Local/ 06 Sep
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Australia were dented further after Chris Lynn was ruled out due to dislocation of his left shoulder during a fielding. Earlier, Aron Finch was ruled out after fracturing his right index finger while catching in slip during last One-Day International.
George Bailey was the highest scorer in ODI series with 270 at an avg of 67.5 and he will be expected to fire in first T20I because he is not available for 2nd T20I on 9 September. After Chris Lynn was ruled out Matthew Wade will stay as his replacement though wicket-keeping responsibility will be fulfilled by Peter Nevill.
They will be missing skipper and key player Angelo Mathews, who is ruled out of the series due to a calf strain he suffered in the fourth game. In his absence, Dinesh Chandimal is expected to shoulder the captaincy, with the hosts going in with a young and inexperienced line-up.
The onus will be on Kusal Mendis and Chandimal to fire with the bat while their unlimited supply of spinners will be expected to gain turn and bounce on surfaces expected to favour the slow bowlers.
Game is expected to heat the atmosphere at Pallekele. So, get ready tight contest despite both teams have lost few key players from their side.
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Sri Lanka Squad: Kusal Janith Perera, T.M. Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal (C), Dhananjaya De Silva, Chamara Kapugedara, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Sachithra Senanayaka, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dasunn Shanaka
Australia Squad: David Warner (capt), George Bailey (first T20 only), Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Scott Boland.
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