The second T20-I between Australia and Sri Lanka is scheduled on Wednesday with the hosts looking to seal a series win at the Gabba. The first game saw David Warner and Glenn Maxwell revel for the Aussies with stellar knocks with the Sri Lankans proving no match for the hosts. Although the Australians will enter this game as the clear favourites, Sri Lankans hope to improve upon their dismal performances in the first T20-I game. With the Gabba being a traditionally good batting surface, another entertaining match between Australia and Sri Lanka beckons.
Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20
October 30th, 2019
1:40 PM IST
As is the case with most pitches in Australia, another good surface with lots of runs is on offer for both sides. With another 170+ pitch, both teams will look to chase with the relatively short boundaries also coming into play. Bowlers should get some help from the pitch and the overlying conditions
Cloudy conditions is on the forecast with the temperatures expected to range between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius. With a breeze coming in from one end, bowlers should benefit from the overcast conditions at the venue
Injuries: No injuries are reported
Australia will not avail the services of Mitchell Starc for this game which paves the way for Sean Abbott or Billy Stanlake to feature in the playing XI. Stanlake should get the nod at his home ground and his ability to generate high pace. The rest of the side should remain the same with a very long batting unit in their midst. Their opening pair of Finch and Warner will be crucial to their cause once against the wily Lasith Malinga on Wednesday.
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins and Billy Stanlake
Sri Lanka should make a few changes after a dismal performance in Adelaide. Kasun Rajitha should make way for Isuru Udana with the possibility of Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella also featuring in the game. Their batting unit wasn’t able to cope with Australia’s bowling unit and will hope for their south-paw pair of Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka to deliver against them. Lasith Malinga wasn’t able to trouble the Australian batting and will hope to lead his side from the front.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga.
After scoring his first T20-I Hundred in Adelaide, Warner will be the first name in nost fantasy teams for this game. He is ideally joined by Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith, who will be itching to make his first appearance with the bat since his return to International cricket. Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga should be worth-while options considering their form and ability while the ever-dependable, Kusal Mendis should be backed to score some runs at the top of the order. Only one keeper in Kusal Perera is picked while his captain, Lasith Malinga features as the lone Sri Lankan bowler in the fantasy team. In the absence of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins should be able to fill in with a couple of wickets as he rounds the fantasy team alongside Adam Zampa.
1. David Warner
2. Pat Cummins
3. Kusal Perera
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Kusal Mendis, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
Kusal Perera, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
David Warner, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
Dasun Shanaka, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Ashton Turner, Points: 25-27, Grade: B
Steve Smith, Points: 45-47, Grade: A
Wanidu Hasaranga, Points: 39-41, Grade: B
Pat Cummins, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
Adam Zampa, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Lasith Malinga, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
Glenn Maxwell, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are that of the author and not an actual reflection of the number of points that the player will earn