Sri Lanka end their tour of Australia with the second Twenty20 International that will be played on Monday at the MCG.
We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout this T20I at MCG from 7.35pm AEST on January 28.
It was a strange game for the Australia, the first one. They ended up with a batsman who scored an unbeaten 90 and a three bowlers who had figures of 2/21, 1/19 and 2/15 in a total of 11 overs. Still they lost the game.
Dave Warner’s was a special knock. As the rest of the batsmen from either team showed, it was a difficult pitch to score runs on and yet Warner, without being at his explosive best, smacked a 62-ball 90.
It was the other end that was a problem and a big one. In the remaining 58 balls Australian batsmen scored only 43 runs. This will need to be rectified in the second game with more attempts to rotate the strike around and aggressive running between the wickets.
Australia’s fifth bowler was expected to be the issue going into their first game but it turned out to be Ben Laughlin’s 0/46 in 3.5 overs than turned it around for the Sri Lankans.
The home’s decision to go in with a pack of inexperienced bowlers to assist Mitchell Starc back-fired majorly but James Faulkner is their only other option in the wings.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews had a bad start to his day with the ball (0/39 in four) but it was his sturdy presence at the crease that saw his team to the win later.
Bowling-wise Sri Lanka had Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga continue to torment Australia and that does not look like changing any time soon. How Australia play the rest of the bowlers will be the key in this second game.
Aaron Finch hasn’t been able to convert his domestic form into international runs so far but trust him to come out hard. Shaun Marsh’s return to international cricket was a forgettable one and he will be gunning for a longer stay at the crease too.
For Sri Lanka T Dilshan will hope to be fully fit for the game after he was hit on his head by a bouncer and needed pitch-side attention. Mahela Jayawardene’s poor form will be a concern too.
We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the MCG and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.