Australia is likely to remain the same, but Mahesh Theekshana may return to Sri Lanka if appropriate
This group has been found to be the most difficult to play, but if either Australia or Sri Lanka wins 2-2, they will be placed strongly in the semi-final slots.
Both sides successfully chased in the opening round, but Sri Lanka was more convincing than Australia, despite the ease of stroke play in Sharjah. The two teams met last in 2019, when Australia won 3-0 in home conditions.
Australia WLWLL (Last 5 completed T20Is, latest one first)
Sri Lanka WWWWL
In the limelight
Justin Langer said Australia is flexible in their choices, but it seems unlikely that they will change unless there is a particular match they want in Sri Lanka. Mitchell Marsh and Stoinnis weren’t needed for the ball with South Africa, so they offer additional options if Maxwell (or someone else) can’t pass the 4-over.
Australia (Probably) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (Captain), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Stephen Smith, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (Week), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazelwood
Sri Lanka may not change, but I was able to remember the spinner Mahesh Sikshana, who was unable to play in a Bangladesh match on the side strain. If so, he will probably replace Vinula Fernando.
Sri Lanka (Probably) 1 Kusal Perera (wk), 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Wanindu Hasaranga, 6 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 7 Dasun Shanka (capt), 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Binura Fernando / Maheesh Theekshana
Pitch and conditions
After the West Indies skittled at 55, both Pakistan and South Africa comfortably chased a half-hearted target in Dubai. This suggests that the second batting is the way to go. Dew can be a factor, though not as much as in Abu Dhabi or Sharjah.
Statistics and trivia
“The other day, after seeing their bowlers swing the ball early, they hit the same length as the guys with a little pace, so the wickets fit it, Dubai is a little different, To identify what might be a larger boundary, so they may be shorter. “
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