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AUS vs SL: Match Preview, Playing XI and Pitch Report

The statement and match preview from Australia’s first Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka is here.

Australia is poised to face Sri Lanka in Sydney for the first T20I of the series which starts at 7:10 p.m. local time at the SCG in Sydney ( 1:40 pm IST). Aaron Finch previews his starting lineup, while Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka has something to say about Hasaranga’s expertise.

At the outset of the day, light showers are forecast, as well as throughout the planned fixtures of this ongoing series between Australia and Sri Lanka. The batsman at Sydney Cricket Ground may aim to put the ball in play, as the first innings score is expected to be around 160-170 runs.

Aaron Finch, Australia’s captain, stated that debutant Josh Inglis will play his maiden game, as well as confirming that Ben McDermott will open in the absence of David Warner, who has been rested for the series. For the hosts, Mathew Wade will be the wicketkeeper, limiting Inglis’ role to that of a batsman.

Dasun Shanaka believes Hasaranga’s experience will help them in today’s game, and the skipper as well as teammates believe he is good enough to play against Australia at the SCG in the first T20I.

Aaron Finch (c), Ben McDermott, Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood are the likely playing XI for today’s match.

Sri Lanka’s probable playing XI for today’s game: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana.