Dubai: When Sri Lanka and Australia meet in a Group 1 Super 12 encounter at the ICC T20 World Cup on Thursday, the former champions will try to exploit Australia's top-order woes. Sri Lanka, who won the tournament in 2014, topped group A with three straight victories before defeating Bangladesh by five wickets in their first Super 12 encounter.
The Australians, on the other hand, who have yet to win a T20 World Cup, had to phase numerous difficulties in their first encounter. Aaron Finch, the captain, got a duck, while David Warner, who is going through a difficult time, got out cheaply once again, and Mitchell Marsh also struggled. When facing the cunning Lankan spinners, a solid start is half the battle won, and the two Australian powerhouses will need some classy hit.
The presence of talented spinners in the Lankan squad, on the other hand, might make things difficult for the underperforming Australian hitters. The return of Maheesh Theekshana, who was injured and missed the win against Bangladesh, might improve the team's confidence since he has the ability to bother the Australian batsmen, who struggle against slow pitches. Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinning all-rounder, might be a headache for the opposing batting line, and how he performs could influence the result of the match.
SL Probable XI: Kusal Perera (wk), Pethum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana/Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara.
AUS Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc/Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.