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Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates, ICCWCT20 2022, Today Match Prediction

Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia

152/8 in 20.0

7.60 Star

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4.25
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Toss Winner - United Arab Emirates won the toss and chose to bowl first

Sri Lanka beat United Arab Emirates by 79 runs

Sri Lanka were shocked by Namibia in their first Group A clash.

  • United Arab Emirates have a poor record in T20Is this year.
  • Sri Lanka have won 28 matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – the most by any team.
  • The Lankan lions would be hoping for a better batting performance.

Sri Lanka should clinch this match with ease.

Tournament: ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia | Toss: To Bat

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Riding high on their recent Asia Cup triumph, Sri Lanka would have been confident of clearing the Group A stage with relative ease and making their way into the Super 12s. However, the former World T20 champions suffered a crushing loss against Namibia in their first Group A fixture, making things a little trickier for them now. The Lankan lions will now clash with the United Arab Emirates. U.A.E. lost their first match against the Netherlands in a low-scoring contest and need something miraculous to stay alive.

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka have started their T20 World Cup campaign in the worst possible way, losing to Namibia by 55 runs. That huge loss has brought their net run rate down to -2.750 and they would now need a big win to compensate for it.

In their match against Namibia, Sri Lanka had them tottering at 93-6 at one stage but then allowed the opposition to post 163-7 on the board. Their batting was shambolic and none of the batters could hang around long enough to see the team through. The team would like to shrug off this performance and would rely on the likes of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to make some big scores. Captain Dasun Shanaka, who top-scored with 29 in the match against Namibia, is another reliable batter.

On the bowling front, Sri Lanka don’t have many issues. Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana has done an excellent job opening the bowling and then they can unleash star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga in the middle overs. Dushmantha Chameera is their main seamer, but he does tend to leak runs – he conceded 39 runs in his 4 overs against Namibia.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game Of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
D Shanaka
29
23
2
1
126.09
B Rajapaksa
20
21
2
0
95.24
D de Silva
12
11
1
0
109.09
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
P Madushan
4.0
0
37
2
9.25
M Theekshana
4.0
0
23
1
5.75
D Chameera
4.0
0
39
1
9.75

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Dushmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka

United Arab Emirates Preview

Although the United Arab Emirates lost their first game against the Netherlands, they would be proud of how they fought until the end. After posting a modest 111-8 on the board, they bowled tightly through the middle overs, and the Netherlands could only scrape through in the penultimate ball with three wickets remaining.

U.A.E.’s issue is their batting. In Chirag Suri and Muhammad Waseem, they have two solid opening batters. Waseem top-scored with a gritty 41 on a two-paced wicket in the match against the Netherlands. He has a career strike rate of 146.09 and could be the team’s trump card. Wicket-keeper batter Vriitya Aravind is another to watch out for. He has an average of close to 30 in T20Is at a strike rate of 130.41.

The star of U.A.E.’s bowling performance in the last game was Junaid Siddique. The right-arm seamer took 3-24 in his 4 overs and frequently troubled the batters. Leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan is a good option as well as he can keep things tight.

United Arab Emirates Predicted Playing XI:

Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Chundangapoyil Rizwan (c), Basil Hameed, Zawar Farid, Aayan Afzal Khan, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan

United Arab Emirates Key Players From Previous Game Of ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Waseem
41
47
1
2
87.23
V Aravind
18
21
0
0
85.71
K Daud
15
14
0
1
107.14
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
J Siddique
4.0
0
24
3
6
B Hameed
1.0
0
7
1
7
A Khan
3.0
0
15
1
5

United Arab Emirates Actual Playing XI:

Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Waseem, Aryan Lakra, Chirag Suri, Zahoor Khan, Vriitya Aravind, Basil Hameed, Aayan Khan

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
15
0 mm.
1.3 k/h
From: N
78%
03h
18
0 mm.
2.1 k/h
From: WNW
100%
06h
18
0 mm.
2.94 k/h
From: W
100%
09h
15
0 mm.
2.05 k/h
From: S
76%
12h
10
0 mm.
1.13 k/h
From: WNW
34%
15h
10
0 mm.
1.85 k/h
From: W
0%
18h
9
0 mm.
1.73 k/h
From: NW
0%
21h
12
0 mm.
1.33 k/h
From: NNW
0%

Weather Conditions

This is a drop in pitch. The soil comes from the Gabba so expect some bounce. Four of the top-5 wicket-takers in T20s at this venue are pacers, so expect them to have a good time here. Batters should try to hit it square to the shorter boundaries.

The weather in Geelong on the day of the match will be a little cloudy with periods of sun.

Venue Details

There haven’t been many T20s played at the Simonds Stadium. The average score batting first in T20s here is 155. The highest T20 total at the venue is 196-3. The bigger boundary dimensions both in front and square of the wicket won’t make it easy for batters to score big hits. The team batting first will be targeting a total of around 160-170 runs.

Toss: To Bat

The wicket does tend to sow down a bit during the second half and batting becomes difficult. The team winning the toss is likely to bat first. 

There’s only been one T20I played between Sri Lanka and U.A.E. – back in the 2016 Asia Cup. Sri Lanka won that match comfortably by 14 runs. Sri Lanka has had some topsy-turvy times in the past few years, but despite that shocking loss to Namibia in their first game, they will start as favorites for this clash. U.A.E. might give a fight, but expect the Lankan tigers to dominate this contest with ease.

Sri Lanka should clinch this match with ease.

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