Preview: Australia vs Sri Lanka – Only T20I 31/10/10
International leg of The Australian Summer kicks off at WACA. Sri Lanka will be playing their 1st international in Down Under for 3 years. This will also be the 1st T20I outside a WorldT20. They have played each other thrice in each of the tournaments. In 2010, Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 87, their lowest score in the format, but two years earlier in England, Ajantha Mendis bamboozled the Aussies, to throw them out of the tournament. In 2007, they were bowled out for 101, with Australian pace trio of Stuart Clark, Lee and Bracken causing havoc.
Today’s match would either a mismatch or an enthralling game. Pitch and conditions suit the Aussies most, but Sri Lanka do have a score to settle with their opponents. Sangakkara is leading the side for the first time in Australian soil, He has been the kingpin of that solitary victory in Nottingham, making an undefeated 55 and was named Man of the Match. He has also made the solitary century on the current tour and Kumar has always reserved his best against the Aussies. Australia is also under pressure to perform after the winless tour India and will be keen to see off Sri Lanka. Captain of T20, Michael Clarke did make a century in the solitary ODI but is under a huge pressure with Ponting leadership qualities bieng questioned. Muralitharan will be playing in Australia for one final time in the series and will try assure his place in the XI is on form rather than fame. It will be interesting to see who plays for the lankans with Randiv making a strong claim. Randiv did take 3/20 off his 4 overs in that T20 in the worldt20. The major threat for the Sri Lanka would hard hitting Cameron White.
Mahela Jayawardane and Tillekeratne Dilshan will need to give a good foundation if Sri Lanka are to press ahead. Batting has always the let down with totals of 87 and 101, hopefully they will come good today.
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