Sri Lanka opt to bowl;Fast bowler Jhye Richardson became Australia’s fourth debutant of the T20 series
Upul Tharanga won the toss and sent Australia in to bat in the second Twenty20 in Geelong, where Sri Lanka will secure a series win if they chase down their target later in the evening.
Australia made two changes to their XI, with fast bowler Jhye Richardson handed a debut and batsman Ben Dunk called in to bolster the top order. Fast bowler Billy Stanlake was dropped along with the legspinner Adam Zampa, a particularly surprising decision given that spin was effective on the same pitch in the women’s T20 that preceded this game.
Sri Lanka made one change to the team that won in Melbourne on Friday, bringing in the batsman Kusal Mendis at the expense of left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan.
The match – the inaugural men’s international at Geelong’s Kardinia Park – was due to begin in cool weather on a day that had earlier brought heavy showers.
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Michael Klinger, 3 Ben Dunk, 4 Travis Head, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Tim Paine (wk), 8 James Faulkner, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Andrew Tye, 11 Jhye Richardson
Sri Lanka: 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Dilshan Munaweera, 4 Asela Gunaratne, 5 Milinda Siriwardana, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Kusal Mendis, 8 Seekkuge Prasanna, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Vikum Sanjaya.