As we all know, Sri Lanka lost the ODI series 2-0 against Pakistan. While it will go to the record books as a defeat, the Sri Lankan Cricket will take it as a tour with several positives. Specially with more than ten seniors absent.
However, T20 is a different story. Yes, the likes of great Lasith Malinga and Kusal Janith will be missed. But this is one of the better T20 squads we have seen in a long time. So today, we at Cricketry Sri Lanka decided to take a look at the possible playing 11 for the first game.
Openers: Avishka Fernando and Dhanushka Gunathilake
During the last T20 series, Kusal Mendis showed that he is the ideal opener for Sri Lanka. With him being injured, the young Avishaka Fernando may get to open.
Dhanushaka Gunathilake will be the other opener with the form he is carrying from the ODIs
Number 3: Bhanuka Rajapakse
Bhanuka Rajapakse has been a promising cricketer from his school days. Many thought he would be our next Angelo Mathews. But that potential was never realised. After a decent domestic form and with few first-choice players absent, he now gets a chance to showcase his talent to the selectors.
Number 4: Oshada Fernando
Oshada Fernando because we need a proper batsman at the middle if wickets keep tumbling. The choice was either Angelo Perera or Oshada, and our Cricketry Team unanimously agreed that Oshada is the better option.
Number 5: Minod Bhanuka
Minod Bhanuka showed that he could play for the situation in the only ODI he played. He indicated that he could rotate strike quite easily and he also had power to hit big shots. If he performs well in this tournament, the likes of Kusal Janith and Dickwella may struggle to get into the T20 squad as a wicketkeeper.
Number 6: Shehan Jayasuriya
Shehan Jayasuriya has done an excellent job here during the ODI tournament. He is a good spin bowling allrounder who could get some quick runs at the back of the innings
Number 7: Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. After many years of persisting with players like Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka may have found their perfect number 7 batsman. The number 7 batsman should be a genuine allrounder who can bowl and bat equally well. Dasun Shanak fits the bill perfectly.
Number 8: Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga is quicky becoming Sri Lanka’s leg-spinning option. Though he goes for runs, he is a wicket-taking option.
Number 9: Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana is a T20 specialist who can bowl at the death. He can also be a handy bat at the lower order if need be.
Number 10: Kasun Rajitha
Kasun Rajitha did not have a chance to play in the ODI portion of the tournament. But he may get during the T20s. While he may lack few yards of space against Lahiru Kumara, Rajitha has superior control.
Number 11: Nuwan Pradeep
With Malinga absent, Nuwan Pradeep will have to step up and be our fast bowling spearhead.