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Australia vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: Hosts hope to avoid embarrassing whitewash

Australia has never been a force to be reckoned with in the shortest format of the game and their board is partially responsible for that. While many of the Australian players are hot properties in T20 leagues all over the world, Cricket Australia has never been able to translate this into national team dominance.

With the main team already in India giving final touches to their preparations for conquering the final frontier, a second-string Australian side lost the first two T-20 internationals against an inexperienced Sri Lankan side at home. 

While stand-in Captain Upul Tharanga has failed in both the matches, the inexperienced campaigners have taken over the mantle and taken the team over the finishing line in two competitive chases. The opener will surely try to lead from the front and lead his side to a 3-0 series sweep against the Aussies. Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara have done more than a decent job against the Aussie batting line-up. Come Wednesday, they would want to cap-off the excellent tour in style.

 

 

On the other hand, the Australians have batted well but their bowling has let them down big time. They let the Lions off the hook from a very dominating position in the second T-20 and that is why they stand here trying to get a face-saving victory. The likes of Pat Cummins and Andrew Tye will have to step-up and prove their worth in against the Lankans on Wednesday.

 

Key Players:

Australia

Moises Henriques

There is no doubting the talent that this talented all-rounder possesses and he has shown glimpses of it in the series so far. While he has been in good nick with the bat, he will have to step-up in the bowling department to make up for the weakness of his teammates. If he gives a complete performance, it will be very difficult for Lankans to bag a clean-sweep.

 

Sri Lanka

Asela Gunaratne

The Lankan all-rounder has been sensational in this series so far and would want to sign off with a flourish. His 84 run knock in the last game took his team to victory and it was a treat to watch. He is more than handy with the ball as well, picking wickets at crucial junctures. He will be a vital cog in Sri Lankan wheel tomorrow.

 

 

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Pat Cummins, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Michael Klinger, Tim Paine (wk), Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Vikum Sanjaya, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dilshan Munaweera, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Isuru Udana.

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