Charge down the wicket with T20I cricket tips for the second clash between Australia and Sri Lanka after a one-sided series opener.
19:10 (AEDT), Wed 30th Oct @ The Gabba, Brisbane
History: Played 14: Sri Lanka 8 V Australia 6
Last meeting: October 27, 2019: Australia d Sri Lanka by 134 runs at Adelaide Oval
Final Thoughts: Australia destroyed Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 international opener in Adelaide and can seal the series at the Gabba on Wednesday night.
David Warner blasted a maiden T20I century at Adelaide Oval, scoring 100 not out off just 56 balls. Aaron Finch (64 off 36) and Glenn Maxwell (62 off 28) also delighted the home crowd as Australia reached a mammoth 2/233.
Sri Lanka could only muster 9/99 in reply. Dasun Shanka top-scored with a modest 17 off 18 balls; No.11 Nuwan Pradeep (8* off 6) was the only batsman to finish with a strike-rate of over 100. Pradeep was also the most economical of the tourists’ bowlers.
Adam Zampa (3/14) was the chief destroyer for Australia, while Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins picked up two wickets apiece.
Warner’s man-of-the-match performance was a welcome relief after a dreadful Ashes campaign from the opener. Terrifyingly for the Sri Lankan tourists, Steve Smith did not even get a chance to bat.
Australia have now won four of their last six T20Is against Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka still boast a 5-2 all-time record in the format against Australia in Australia.
Australia are just $1.13 to go 2-0 up in Brisbane. Meanwhile, Warner ($3.60) and captain Finch ($4.00) are streets ahead of the field in the Top Batsman market.
Finch’s knock on Sunday ended a 13-match half-century drought in T20Is. But the skipper boasts two centuries and 10 fifties in the format, while he has also been in sparkling one-day and Sheffield Shield form for Victoria.