Sri Lanka Aims to Expand Australia’s Work
By Tanushka Gain
on Thu Oct 28 2021
The last time David Warner came in the T20I series against Sri Lanka, he was unable to get him out. They couldn’t even stop him. To such an extent that he scored a total of 217 runs in three innings. Including a blistering century at the Adelaide Oval.
It was, therefore, no surprise that Warner had made suggestions about his poor form on the eve of Australia’s T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka. You’ll also feel pretty confident about breaking your mini-rut. If you were against a team you have won and dominated without any remorse or challenge.
Like Warner, let’s not forget Glenn Maxwell, whose numbers are even more staggering against Sri Lanka. The Aussies as a team have dominated this format since 2016 against the Dasun Shanaka-led outfit. Lost only twice in 8 matches in that period. And Aaron Finch’s team was smiling at the end of their opening Super 12 match last week. Even if he eventually had to make it home against South Africa.
Despite their surprisingly substantial numbers piled up against them, Sri Lanka may well be the team that has the potential to derail the Australian campaign in the UAE and wipe the smile from their faces for a while. And there are some factors that support that false argument.
To begin with, Sri Lanka has been on a roll in this tournament. After outright defeating his first-round opponents, he showed great depth in overcoming a motivated Bangladesh outfit a few days back. And they are not even close to the team that Warner and Australia returned to home soil in the summer of 2019.
There has been a considerable change in the attitude of the former champions in how they go about their T20I cricket. His batting, for one, has now become a buzzword with some such people. Those who don’t mind being adventurous have moved on from a bunch of accumulators batting around a couple of power-players to the other side. The best example of this came during their run-chase against Bangladesh, where Charit Aslanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa never let their positivity affect them at the crease. And if anything, they finally broke into the house as a result.