Sri Lanka has always been an underdog team that has slowly transformed since the late 90s, with numerous highs and lows. Nicknamed as ‘The Lions,’ the men’s international cricket team is set to go head to head with the best of the best this October. The main question is, can Sri Lanka recreate their history-making heroics during the 2014 T20 World Cup?
What’s in this Guide?
Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup preview
Defeat in the 2016 World Cup was a major setback for the Lions. However, they are looking forward to rising from the ashes during the T20 World Cup 2021.
Currently sitting 9th in the T20I rankings, the Sri Lankan’s are still known for their 20 over flair. With a recent win against India in a bilateral series, they have shown glimpses of quality for the upcoming T20 World Cup in October.
Before COVID-19 affected the future of cricket, Sri Lanka had won seven of their last ten ODI games between 2019-2020. They had thrashed the West Indies team and Bangladesh after the 2019 World Cup and were honing in on a big T20 tournament. That is until the world stopped!
The current Lion’s team includes some star performers such as Avishka Fernando, Charith Asalanka who both possess exceptional batting skills. Also, spinners like Wanindu Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya have been giving opposition teams a freight with their ability to turn it on most tracks.
Sri Lanka World Cup fixtures
Check out all of Sri Lanka’s upcoming T20 World Cup fixtures here. Once the Round 1 games are over, all Super 12 fixtures will be added to the table below.
|Sri Lanka vs Namibia||October 18||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sri Lanka vs Ireland||October 20||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sri Lanka vs the Netherlands||October 22||Foxtel / Kayo|
Which providers will show Sri Lanka World Cup matches
You can watch and stream the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 exclusively in Australia via Fox Cricket (Fox Sports). Fox Cricket can be accessed with a limited number of sports streaming providers. Check them out in the table below.
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How to watch T20 World Cup
If you enjoy live cricket action then Fox Cricket (Foxtel/Kayo Sports) is the channel for you, televising every World Cup game Live and On Demand in HD. There are several options for watching and streaming games at home or with a mobile device. You can even check these providers out for free.
Stream Sri Lanka games with Kayo Sports
You can watch Sri Lanka in the T20 tournament with Kayo Sports, which has a 14 day free trial for new customers. With the Kayo free trial, you will have access to these same World Cup broadcasts as Fox Cricket so you can stream all Sri Lanka games live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo Sports doesn’t have a lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.
Stream Cricket with Kayo Sports
Watch 2021 T20 World Cup games, Big Bash League, IPL and more Live and On Demand with a Kayo Sports Free Trial!
Watch Sri Lanka T20 games with Foxtel
Fox Cricket can be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or HD TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more.
You also have the option to watch Sri Lankan cricket online using Foxtel Now, which currently comes with a 10 day free trial. This option also includes the ability to stream World Cup games using the Foxtel Go app. Fox Cricket comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.
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Sri Lanka World Cup squad
Sri Lanka always punches above their weight for such a small cricketing nation. Although the official squad hasn’t been announced, here is a tester of the players who are up for inclusion.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Akhila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Maheesh Theekshana
Strengths of Sri Lanka T20 World Cup team
Having already won theWorld Cup in 2014, Sri Lanka knows what T20 tournament victory tastes like. What do they have in the locker to go all the way in the 2021 tournament?
A young team of all-rounders
With the boundary-smashing combination of Kusal Perera and De Silva, the team is in safe hands in terms of young all-rounders. Perera is a left-hander and has the 4th highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in T20Is. He has played 47 matches before the tournament, scoring a whopping 1293 runs.
Sri Lanka has always had the best spinners compared to most cricket nations. Leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been as high as second place in the ICC Men’s T20I player rankings, and will be key to stemming the opposition’s run chases.
Sri Lanka weaknesses
Like any side, strengths are always countered by weaknesses. So what could be the downfall of this Sri Lankan side?
Retirement of the experienced players
The exit of many senior and experienced skippers made the team even more susceptible to losses. With the exit of Isuru Udana, more cricketers are planning to retire from international cricket, leaving the team in the hands of young, yet inexperienced players.
The T20 World Cup may have come two years too soon for the Lions. There is a lot of youth in the teams who could be trapped in the headlights when the competition heats up and the pressure is on.
Can Sri Lanka go all the way?
First of all Sri Lanka need to qualify from Round 1 to get into the Super 12 stages of the competition. This will give them a slight advantage if they qualify in that they will have played on all the main pitches.
However, if they reach the Super 12 they will have to overcome the likes of England, India or Australia to win the tournament. And that might just be a step too far for this young side.
Other T20 World Cup teams
The upcoming ICC World Cup is about much more than one team. Check out our other dedicated team pages here.
Streaming devices for watching cricket
Here is a comprehensive list of devices for streaming cricket games on your home TV or mobile.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher. Casting available to previous models
– Telstra TV: Yes – SplitView not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p.
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models. SplitView not available
– Hisense Smart TV: Select 2019 – 2021 models
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Devices supported on Foxtel/Foxtel Go
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
– iOS Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobile Devices: Yes – Via native app (Android 5 and above)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
– Google Nest: Yes – Via compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
– Smart TVs: Yes – Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)