Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019, 2nd Test: Preview & Prediction
Sri Lanka tried their best to put on a fight but Australia proved out to be too good for them. The hosts won the opening Test match comprehensively by an innings and 40 runs. This result must be a great relief for the Australian fans and confidence booster for the Australian outfit.
Australia have finally managed to get the balance right after the injury to Josh Hazlewood. Pat Cummins turned the tie in the favour of the Aussies with the ball and took 10 wickets in that game.
Cummins gives an edge to the team with his all-around ability to make the balance right for the team. Not only can he torment the opposition batsmen with his lethal bowling, but the right-hander is also a technically sound batsman who can bat at lower down the order and score crucial runs.
On the contrary, Sri Lanka will be hoping for a change in their fortunes. The Lankan Lions have never been the same side since the departure of their veterans. Although this is a transformation stage for the visitors, they will be desperate to win and level the series.
Sri Lanka have also suffered a setback due to injury blows to their crucial players before the tour began. Angelo Matthews and Nuwan Pradeep couldn’t even make it to the squad which was a huge blow for the visitors.
After the opening Test, the likes of Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera have been ruled out due to injury whereas veteran Suranga Lakmal's status is unclear because of a stiff back.
In spite of all those hardships, Chandimal must be determined to level the series in the first ever Test match at Canberra. They need to put the best put forward if they are to square the series by 1-1. On the other hand, Australia will be eyeing a whitewash over the Sri Lankan side with the same kind of dominant performance in the second Test.
Start Date: Friday, 01 February, 2019
Start Time: 05:00 AM IST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv.com
Tim Paine (c) (wk), Marcus Harris, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Pat Cummins, Will Pucovski, Mitchell Starc, Usman Khawaja, Peter Siddle and Jhye Richardson
Dinesh Chandimal (c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha and Dimuth Karunaratne
Australia (confirmed): Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (c) (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson and Nathan Lyon
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal/Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando