WICKET! Finch c Dickwella b Malinga 0 (Australia 1-1)
SRI LANKA ALL-OUT 117. WICKET! Sandakan run out [Cummins] 10.
WICKET! Malinga st Carey b Zampa (Sri Lanka 108-9)
WICKET! Udana c Richardson b Cummins 10 (Sri Lanka 95-8)
WICKET! Hasaranga st Carey b Zampa 10 (Sri Lanka 93-7)
WICKET! Shanaka c Carey b Stanlake 1 (Sri Lanka 75-6)
WICKET! Perera b Agar 27 (Sri Lanka 75-5)
WICKET! Dickwella c Turner b Cummins 5 (Sri Lanka 65-4)
WICKET! Avishka c Cummins b Agar 17 (Sri Lanka 53-3)
WICKET! Gunathilaka b Stanlake b Stanlake 21 (Sri Lanka 29-2)
WICKET! Mendis run out [Agar] 1 (Sri Lanka 5-1)
Sri Lanka have won the toss
To the Gabba we go for the second men’s international of this marathon Australian summer. It’s it there that the Sri Lankans will try and recover form the 134-run mauling they copped in the city of churches on Sunday at the hands of Warner and Maxwell and co.
It’d be daft to completely rule them out in this three-game T20 series on the basis of that first performance, though. Look at what they did in the World Cup when they looked a broken and divided rabble – they beat England, who went on to win the whole thing. Or that absurd Test win in Durban. Or sweeping Pakistan last month.
Maybe that’s too optimistic this time around, though. Poor old Kasun Rajitha’s analysis of 0/75 – the worst in T20I history – summed it up as Australia’s openers put on 122 before Warner and Maxwell added another 109 in about 25 minutes then the quicks went to work. The hosts are determined to up their game in this format with a home T20 World Cup ahead of them exactly a year from now.
Ahead of the toss, we already know Mitch Starc hasn’t made the trip, instead attending his brother’s wedding. Fair play. Big Queenslander Billy Stanlake comes into the XI. As for Sri Lanka, expect bulk changes with Dickwella and Udana the most likely inclusions.