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Former champions Sri Lanka will look to exploit Australia’s first-rate woes when they face each other in a Group 1 Super 12 match of the ICC T20 World Cup today in Dubai.

Sri Lanka, who won the title in 2014, topped Group A with three successive wins before beating Bangladesh by five wickets in their first Super 12 game. Flaming opener Kusal Perera can be dangerous but would be tested by Hazlewood & Co. Skipper Dasun Shanaka would expect rookie Charith Asalanka, who shone in the team’s Game 1 victory, opener Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando to make key contributions with the bat .

The Lankan side is supported by quality bowlers. Versatile player Wanindu Hasaranga could be more than a handful for the opposition batting unit and the availability of Maheesh Theekshana, who missed the win over Bangladesh with injury, could boost the morale of the team. ‘team because he has the merchandise to trouble the Australian hitters, who aren’t very comfortable against slow tricks.

Key player

Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinning all-rounder, could be more than a handful for Australians who are never quite comfortable against spinners.

Probable XI

Kusal Perera (week), Pethum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara

Team

Kusal Perera (w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Danjaya de Chandhananjaya from Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de

The Australians, who ran at home in the last game against South Africa after being reduced to 38 for 3 while chasing a modest 118 in their opener, have yet to win the Cup. world T20. Skipper Aaron Finch made a duck, while David Warner, who is going through a rough time, also came out cheap and Mitchell Marsh also found the situation difficult.

A good start is half the job done and the two Australian powers will need to get in shape quickly when they face the cunning Lankan spinners. The always reliable Steve Smith stabilized the innings after the initial stutter against South Africa and his performance will be key as the tournament progresses. Finch will also expect the Mighty Swamp to find ways to score under these conditions. Glenn Maxwell, after a good run in the recent IPL, made four passes to pick up a wicket and gives the skipper more options with the ball and also with his explosive strikes.

Hazlewood, along with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins could prove to be a huge threat to Lankan hitters. If the Australians can strike early like they did in their opener, the Lankans would be under pressure due to their inconsistent hitting lineup.

Key player

Hazlewood, fresh off a magnificent run with IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, emphasized his value in the shorter format as he set things up with a double-wicket flurry in a sharp spell from the start.

Probable XI

David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (week), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Team

Kusal Perera (w), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Danjaya de Chandhananjaya from Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de Chandhananjaya de

Where to watch live: The match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. The draw will take place at 7:00 p.m. (IST), while the match will start at 7:30 p.m. (IST). The game will be broadcast live on Star Sports Network. Live streaming of the game is available on Disney + Hotstar.

Bet odds:

Australia: 4/11

Sri Lanka: 5/2

-with contributions from the agency

First publication: STI

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