At Colombo, the host Sri Lanka will face World Champions Australia in the first game of a three-match T20 series. The hosts haven’t been in great form, with their last series victory coming nearly a year ago. In their most recent series, they were humiliated by India. Australia is having a fantastic run in this tournament, having won back-to-back series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
In recent years, Sri Lanka has struggled against top teams. With constant changes in the team affecting the players’ confidence, they have struggled to win games. In this game, they would look to take advantage of the home advantage. The Australians have one of the best teams in this format of the game, and the hosts will need to put on a show to win.
The 1st T20I between Sri Lanka vs Australia will take place on June 7th, 2022 at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st T20I, Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022
Date: June 07, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka vs Australia Team Previews
Dasun Shanaka would be aware of the type of challenge his team would face in this game. They lost to the Australians earlier this year and will look to avenge that defeat by winning this series. Shanaka wants his players to play with a positive attitude and not let the visitors get under their skins. A quick lead would boost the team’s confidence.
Pathum Nissanka has been in good form recently, and the team would like to see him provide an electrifying start alongside Danushka Gunathilaka. Bhanuka Rajapaksa performed admirably in the IPL, and he will need to add quick runs in the middle overs alongside Kusal Mendis and Shanaka. Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga, both good hitters of the ball, will look to make good use of the long handle.
The Australians would put the bowling attack to the test, and the new ball pair of Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne would have to strike early. Hasaranga comes into this game full of confidence, and the team is expecting a strong performance from him. Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana round out the side’s bowling attack.
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
Predicted XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Matheesha Pathirana
Aaron Finch would hope for a strong start to the series. The form his team has shown in the last 12 months would give the Australian skipper confidence. The majority of the team’s players have done well in recent IPLs and have played in similar conditions. Their opponents haven’t been in great form, and Finch will look to capitalise on that and take an early lead in the series.
David Warner is in excellent form and hopes to form a strong partnership with Aaron Finch. Mitchell Marsh is an excellent middle-order batsman who would look to add runs alongside the experienced Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith. Down the order, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade are good hitters, and the team will be looking for a good finish from them.
The side will be without Pat Cummins, but Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will bring the pace and bounce to make the most of these slow wickets. Jhye Richardson has performed well in this format and will look to do so again in the middle overs with Mitchell Swepson. Maxwell and Stoinis strengthen the side by adding bowling options.
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
Predicted XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson
Sri Lanka vs Australia Toss Prediction
Most teams have previously preferred to bowl at this location because the conditions for bowlers deteriorate as the game progresses. We anticipate some assistance on the track in the first few overs of the game. The team that wins the toss should not be hesitant to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has a flat surface and a fast outfield, making it an ideal venue for batsmen. Fast bowlers must rely on their variations because there isn’t much for them on this track. Spinners have a good track record because they can get the ball to turn sharply and stop on the batsmen.
On June 7, we can expect partly cloudy skies over Colombo, which will help the fast bowlers during the game. The wicket is usually flat, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. The team batting first would like to score more than 160 runs here.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Match Prediction
Sri Lankans have occasionally delivered strong performances in this format. They have a few rising stars who can compete with anyone. However, inconsistency among players and a failure to play as a unit have dogged them over the last four years. In this game, the team must perform as a unit. In this format, Australia is going through a rough patch. They have good balance with the bat and the ball, which makes them favourites in the competition.
Australia is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.44.
- Sri Lanka has only won one of the last ten T20 matches between the two countries.
- Australia has only lost three of the last 15 T20 games, which will boost their confidence.
- David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis of Australia enter this tournament after a successful stint in the IPL.