Australia face Sri Lanka in Dubai on Thursday to cement their place in Group 1 as the semi-final competition intensifies in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Both teams won their last game, albeit differently. Australia did well after a stellar performance against South Africa, with Sri Lanka trailing 80 unbeaten Charits Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa 53 from 31 balls to win against Bangladesh after 79-4 in 172 runs.
In Australia, Aaron Finch and David Warner continue to open despite struggling. Matthew Wade has helped them get better. “I don’t see a lack of form at all, with dangerous players, just about to run away. To be honest, the guys who are the best players in the world for as long as they’ve been in this category are not at all. They are not doing well. They are just about to run right now.” said Wade Wednesday.
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Marcus Stoinis and Wade played key comeos in the first Super 12 tournament and are expected to retain their title.
But if the top three fire allies, Glenn Maxwell and either Stoinis or Wade could be sent ahead of Steve Smith, who hit No. 4 with South Africa.
In the meantime, Australia will be delighted with how Josh Hazlewood shot in Powerplay. Maxwell’s four overs are a bonus.
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Sri Lanka team coach Mickey Arthur has confirmed that Spinner player Maheesh Theekshana will play if he is fit. “He’s changed a lot. So we’ll fire him tomorrow; and if all goes well, he’ll be playing,” said Arthur. Lahiru Kumara could ask Australian top research questions and his speed.
The match between India and Pakistan and then the West Indies and South Africa showed that there are runs being offered in Dubai if the batsmen reduce their beats according to their situation. A change in speed will be crucial for players and the second bowling alley will also have to deal with dew.