Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the second T20I clash between Australia and Sri Lanka.
19:10 (AEDT), Sun 13th Feb @ Sydney Cricket Ground
History: Played 18: Australia 10 V Sri Lanka 8
Last meeting: February 11, 2022: Australia d Sri Lanka by 20 runs (DLS) at Sydney Cricket Ground
Final Thoughts: Australia have now won six straight T20I matches against Sri Lanka – and nine consecutive fixtures across all formats – after their 20-run victory in the series opener at the SCG on Friday night.
The home side muddled their way to 9/149 from their 20 overs. Ben McDermott (53 off 41) held the innings together as he stakes a claim to become Australia’s long-term answer at the top of the order. The Hurricanes BBL star clubbed three sixes.
Marcus Stoinis (30 off 17) made an important contribution, while debutant Josh Inglis (23 off 18) was the only other Aussie to reach double figures. Binura Fernando (2/12) was the pick of Sri Lanka’s bowlers. The world’s top T20I bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva (3/38) took the big wickets of Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith but was fairly expensive.
Set a revised target of 143 from 19 overs due to a bit of rain, Sri Lanka always seemed behind the eight-ball. Opener Pathum Nissanka (36 off 37) played an anchor role and Dinesh Chandimal (25* off 16) produced a spirited late cameo, but the tourists could muster only 8/122.
Josh Hazlewood (4/12) and player of the match Adam Zampa (3/18) were outstanding for Australia. It was a forgettable evening for Mitchell Starc, however, battered for 0/41.
No changes are expected to either line-up. Kusal Mendis is still isolating after returning a positive COVID-19 test.
Australia are again skinny $1.15 favourites. But they will be looking for a more authoritative performance from their top order. Maxwell is one player who will be especially eager to open the shoulders. His record-shattering 154 not out to finish a relatively subpar BBL campaign for the Stars is still fresh in the memory, but an unbeaten 28 in the World Cup final is his best effort in his last 10 T20I innings – which includes five dismissals for single figures.
‘The Big Show’ averages over 70 against Sri Lanka, though, and is ready to detonate.