Match Preview

Australia will face Sri Lanka in Match 22 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 28 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Australia made a strong start to their T20 World Cup campaign by defeating South Africa in a gripping match. They will, however, be looking to keep their momentum going against Sri Lanka, who have won all four games in the tournament so far. They are coming off a win over Bangladesh and will be looking for a big scalp in the form of Australia. A thrilling game of T20 cricket awaits, with both teams in terrific form.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                 51

Matches won batting first              23

Matches won bowling first            28

Average 1st Inns scores               140

Average 2nd Inns scores              128

Highest total recorded                  225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                   87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                   166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                 129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Matthew Wade – As he went from Test wicketkeeper to specialist middle-order batsman, the left-handed batsman’s career has been a journey of reinvention. Wade is recognised for his toughness and dedication, which can be seen in his past performances.

Matches – 150

Runs – 2958

Average – 26.41

2) Kusal Perera – Perera bats left-handed and is a daring, bold, and hyper-aggressive batsman in the Sri Lankan batting order. He has a knack for big runs with his short-arm punches, pick-up hits, and square cutters.

Matches – 118

Runs – 2626

Average – 24.09

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Avishka Fernando – This right-handed batsman takes the first pitch for his squad. He was hailed as a youthful prodigy who was destined for greatness from the outset. He continued his rising trend in the World Cup and subsequent fifty-over matches, making equally significant contributions for Sri Lanka’s under-19s.

Matches – 67

Runs – 1531

Average – 25.51

2) Dasun Shanaka – As a hard-hitting all-rounder who juggles between being a lower-order impetus and a good medium pacer who can swing the ball, he is another product of the Srilankan squad.

Matches – 121

Runs – 2532

Average – 29.90

3) David Warner – The left-handed batter remains a bowling nightmare, and his newfound ability to bat long and deep into an innings is possibly his most valuable quality. Without a doubt, he will be a key player for Australia in the upcoming match.

Matches – 307

Runs – 10033

Average – 37.43

4) Aaron finch – He’s a hard-hitting top-of-the-order batter who’s known for his ability to close out games. He started off as a middle-order batsman, but he was frequently used as a floater, batting up the order for the team.

Matches – 325

Runs – 9845

Average – 34.30

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mitchell Starc – Starc ripped through batting line-ups at a rapid rate, hurting batsmen with a mix of chin music and searing toe-crushing yorkers. He has established himself as the offensive leader of Australia in all formats.

Matches – 105

Wickets – 150

Economy – 7.26

2) Josh Hazlewood – He has suffocated countless batters with his steady precision, and he has also tried to adjust his arsenal to the format. He’ll be eager to make an impact and demonstrate his bowling variety.

Matches – 58

Wickets – 69

Economy – 7.45

3) Dushmantha Chameera – Chameera has a beautiful flowing run-up and a basic style that helps him achieve tremendous speeds. He is a sneaky bowler who has the ability to push batsmen off the pitch despite his height.

Matches – 67

Wickets – 63

Economy – 7.58

4) Lahiru Kumara – Kumara is a powerful right-arm quick bowler with high pace and the ability to swing the ball both ways. He came up via under-19 system.

Matches – 27

Wickets – 33

Economy – 7.69

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanidu Hasaranga – Hasaranga is a hard-hitting middle-order batsman who can make a lot of runs with his leggies. His all-around abilities could be vital in Sri Lanka’s efforts to turn things around following a streak of poor results.

Matches – 69

Runs – 848

Average – 18.43

Wickets – 89

Economy – 6.42

2) Marcus Stoinis – Stoinis is one of the few cricketers who can bat anywhere in the order, bowl important overs at both the start and finish of a T20 inning and field with authority.

Matches – 164

Runs – 3531

Average – 32.10

Wickets – 80

Economy – 8.90

Predicted Playing 11


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

Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara


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Poll Winning Percentage

Australia – 51%

Sri Lanka – 49%