Australia v Sri Lanka: ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match Preview

Sri Lanka and Australia will play 22nd match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 tournament on 28th October 2021. Dubai cricket stadium will host the match. So far both teams have playing sixteen matches against each others in which both teams have won eight matches each. Dasun Shanaka will be skipper of Sri Lanka and Aaron Finch will be skipper for Australia.

Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka in their first match while South Africa lost to Australia in their first match. Both teams will play their second match tomorrow at Dubai. Both teams are in very strong form at the moment who has won both their first matches. Australia is the favorite team to win this match. Both teams will try to win the match and we will get to see an interesting and sensational match.

The Group of Death in T20 World Cup i.e. Group 1 of Super 12 is certainly poised very evenly with all sides in contention of going ahead. This is why Match between Australia and Sri Lanka becomes the one to watch out for with both teams coming on the back of impressive wins in previous matches. A victory in this contest would put them in the driving seat to go ahead while a defeat might put them in danger of elimination.


The Kangaroos have a star-studded side at their disposal with some big names. They kicked off their Super 12 campaign with a thrilling win over South Africa and will be hoping to make it 2 in 2. They have a solid bowling unit with in-form players like Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa. Although their batting is a slight cause of concerns with their top three not looking too comfortable in the middle, this might just be the game where they wreak havoc and show their class.

Sri Lanka:

Dasun Shanaka’s side are currently in a 4-game unbeaten streak in the mega event so far but this would be their first big test in UAE. Although they secured a sensational win over Bangladesh courtesy heroics of Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, one cannot ignore the fact that rest of the batting line-up absolutely misfired. Even the bowlers did not have a great outing in the previous match which might put some doubts in Sri Lankan camp ahead of the big game against Australia.

Australia vs Sri Lanka Match Details:

Date: 28th October 2021

Time: 19:30 IST, 19:00 PST, 14:00 GMT, 18:00 Local

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Pitch Report

The wicket in Dubai has proven to be slightly tricky as batters need to settle themselves in before letting loose. For evening games, dew plays a crucial role in second innings which is why teams need a total of more than 160 runs to give their bowlers any chance to defend. Although toss will be key, the side batting first can still have a chance but only if they utilize powerplay overs to their full potential.

AUS v SL Head-to-Head:

Total – 16

Australia – 8

Sri Lanka – 8

AUS v SL Probable Playing XI:


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

Sri Lanka

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

Fantasy Team Prediction

K.Perera, D.Warner, S.Smith, B.Rajapaksa, C.Asalanka, G.Maxwell (C), W.Hasaranga, J.Hazlewood (VC), M.Starc, A.Zampa, M.Theekshana

Match Prediction

It will be Australia who will start as favourites going into this match. Aaron Finch’s side have more experienced players in their side who might come up with match-winning contributions in unpredictable Dubai conditions. But despite it, Sri Lanka can cause an upset if they can come up with an all-round display on Thursday.

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