Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 Live Streaming, Aus vs SL 1st T20
Australian skipper George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat first in the 1st Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Sri Lanka are aiming to finish their tour of Australia after sharing the honours in the ODI series 2-2 bouncing back from 3-0 drubbing in the Test series.
Kushal Perera is making his Twenty20 debut for Sri Lanka while Ben Cutting has been handed a debut by Australia.
Sri Lanka can strengthen its grip on the No.1 ranking by winning the series 2-0 against Australia.
Even one win in the two-match series will be enough for it to retain the number-one rank.
Nevertheless, it would result in dropping at least two ratings points.
In the event of Sri Lanka winning the series 2-0 against Australia, it would strengthen its hold at the number-one position with 131 ratings points, nine ahead of the West Indies.
Sri Lanka, the losing finalist of the ICC World Twenty20 2012, is currently ranked number-one on the Reliance ICC T20I Championship Table with 127 ratings points and leads second-placed West Indies by five ratings points.
However, if seventh-ranked Australia wins both its games against Sri Lanka, then Angelo Mathews’ side will drop down to fourth place on 117 ratings points, putting West Indies at the top of the table.
A 2-0 series win for George Bailey’s side would see it gain eight ratings points to join sixth-ranked Pakistan on 116 ratings points but below Mohammad Hafeez’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
Australia next plays West Indies in a one-off Twenty20 International on February 13 at Brisbane.
A positive result for Australia against Sri Lanka could help West Indies strengthen its claim for the number-one rank in the one-off match.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, George Bailey (captain), Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Ben Laughlin.
Sri Lanka: Kushal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.