Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Sri Lanka face must win UAE test in Geelong!

Sri Lanka face UAE in the second match of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia to put their campaign back on track after having lost the opening game to a spirited Namibian side.

Sri Lanka should be relatively confident but the loss in the opening game has surely put a spanner in their works and the loss of West Indies yesterday to Scotland has shown that no game can be taken lightly.

The spin twins will once again hold the key for Sri Lanka but it might be time to unsettle UAE with pace of Chameera and Kumara both. If Binura Fernando is available for the match, then he should start in place of Madhushan.

The place of Dhanushka Gunathilakha is also under scrutiny with him having failed in the Asia Cup and in the first match here. Asalanka needs to start over him.

United Arab Emirates have been driven by Junaid Siddique, who took 5 wickets in the warm up match against the Windies & then picked another 3 against the Netherlands in their opening game. The opener Muhammed Waseem has also been in good form scoring 69 & 41 in the two games so far.

The drop in pitch in Geelong proved to be slow and difficult for run scoring in the opening two matches, so bowlers will have to use change of pace and with shorter boundaries bowl to one side of the pitch.

Top Fantasy Picks from Sri Lanka v UAE

Sri Lanka

Mendis, Nissanka, Theekshana, Hasaranga


Waseem, Junaid, Zahoor

Key Battle

Sri Lankan spinners v UAE batsmen

How UAE batsmen handle the Lankan spinners will be the most important battle in this match, one that will most likely decide the outcome of the match.

Junaid Siddique v Sri Lankan batsmen

Siddique is very similar to Frylinck who wrecked them in their opening game, so he will be a big weapon for the UAE side.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapasksa, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Chameera, Kumara/ Binura

UAE: Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Basil Hameed, Zawar Farid, Aayan Khan, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan

The match will start at 1.30 PM IST (streamed live on Disney Hotstar app & on TV on Star Sports 2)

How do you see the match panning out?

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