Dhananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando, and Jeffrey Vandersay are ruled out of the 2nd Test due to Covid-19.
Sri Lanka are set to host Australia in the 2nd and last Test match at Galle International Stadium in Galle on Friday. Sri Lanka lost the first match by 10 wickets after the collapse of their 2nd on just 113 runs. The hosts are now missing Dananjaya de Silva, Asitha Fernando, and Jeffrey Vandersay for this fixture after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus. This will be a big blow for the home side as they played a key role for the team in the first match at Galle.
Australia, the first-ranked team, dominated the first test in every department with no real opposition from Sri Lanka. Spin trio Nathon Lyon, Travis Head, and Mitchell Swepson took 18 out of 20 wickets in the first match. In-form opener Usman Khawaja and all-rounder Cameron Green scored the fifties in the first innings.
Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd Test
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Date & Time: 8th July to 12th July at 10:00 AM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony LIV
SL vs AUS, 2nd Test Pitch Report:
The pitch at Galle International Stadium proved heaven for the spin bowlers in the first match. Australian spinners dominated all four innings with 18 wickets combined. Batters will be looking to utilize more run against the pace but we can expect a low-scoring clash.
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SL vs AUS, 2nd Test Probable Playing XIs:
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha.
Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Alex Carrey (wk), Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc / Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins (c), Nathon Lyon, Mitchell Swepson.
Top Picks for SL vs AUS Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
Sri Lankan skipper needs to perform better and with more responsibility to avoid a series loss in this match. He scored two big fifties against Bangladesh in the last Test series but failed to cross the 30-run mark in both innings against Sri Lanka in the first match.
The veteran opener continues his terrific form on the Sri Lanka tour as well. He scored 71 runs in the first innings at Galle and remained unbeaten on zero runs in the second innings. He has now scored two hundred and three fifties in his last five Test matches.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
The 23-year-old all-rounder scored 77 runs off just 109 balls in the first match. He looked confident while playing spin at Galle while key Australian batters struggles in the first match.
The 27-year-old all-rounder was the best bowler for the hosts in the first match with 4 wickets. He came for batting in the number eight position and scored 22 runs as well.
Top Picks – Bowlers
The veteran Aussie spinner will be a key bowler for the visitors in both innings. Lyon took 9 wickets in two innings in the last match and will be a good choice to captain your fantasy team as well.
The 28-year-old leg-spinners took 5 wickets in the first Test match. He has played only three Test matches so far and all on sub-continent pitches. He will be eager to make it worthwhile in this last match of the tour.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batter scored the highest runs for his team in the first inning while playing in the number seven position. He is likely to be promoted as Dhananjaya de Silva is not available for the second match.
SL vs AUS Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SL vs AUS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Niroshan Dickwella, David Warner, Steven Smith (c)Dimuth Karunaratne, Travis Head, Pathum Nissanka (vc)Ramesh Mendis, Cameron Green, Nathon Lyon, Pat Cummins, Maheesh Theekshana.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for SL vs AUS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Niroshan Dickwella, Alex Carrey, Angelo Matthews, Steven Smith, Dimuth Karunaratne (vc), Usman Khawaja (c)Marnus Labuschagne, Ramesh Mendis, Nathon Lyon, Mitchell Swepson, Maheesh Theekshana.
SL vs AUS Risky Captaincy Choices:
The 24-year-old opener scored 23 & 14 runs in the first Test match. He is showing great promise in every format lately but is also struggling with consistency. He is likely to get out early or score big runs in the second match so it will be a big gamble choosing him as a captain for this match.
Australian number-three batter ranks 2nd in ICC Test batters chart but this is the only second time he is playing on Asian pitches. He scored just 13 runs in the first innings against Sri Lanka and will be a risky captaincy option on sub-continent pitches.
Player you should avoid:
The star Australian pacer has struggled to make an impact on spin-friendly pitches. He took just 8 wickets in 6 innings against Pakistan in the last Test series and took just 1 wicket in the first match against Sri Lanka.