Pride of the Lion’s in main frame for some fireworks at T20 World Cup – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor)

Pride of the Lion’s in main frame for some fireworks at T20 World Cup – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor)

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Trevine Rodrigo | elankaSri Lanka warmed up to a beautiful Melbourne spring day at the MCG and soon sounded out their intentions for the upcoming World Cup T20 tournament in Australia with a convincing 33-run win over Zimbabwe. 

Fresh from a successful Asia Cup triumph, the Lankans showed no signs of letting up in different conditions by quickly adapting to the bouncier and quicker wickets here, as they rev up preparations to get through the qualifiers before the big event commencing on October 16.

Early indications suggest that the flighty Lankans will trouble some of the top teams and although it seems far fetched at this stage, they certainly can emulate their previously seemingly improbable Asia Cup success. 

Although warm up games don’t usually carry the same significance,  it gives some indication of what’s to follow as the tournament proper gets underwater on October 16.

The Lankans have had a rich history of success at World Cup events since being admitted to the top rung in 1982.

They played in the one-day World Cup before gaining Test status and have since gained a feared reputation for always being the unknown quantity. Among their achievements is the 1996 World Cup triumph in Lahore, Pakistan and the T20 win in 2014 in Bangladesh. They have also featured in several World Cup finals including three T20 events,  the only team with that success rate since its inception. 

Dasun Shanaka leads a talented team of emerging superstars, who,  though lacking in experience, possess tremendous confidence which will soon be in evidence.

Administrative blunders and selection issues have dogged the Lankans in the recent past. But a ray of sunshine appears to have broken through the cracks as a welcome new direction emerges from broken clouds in the cricketing system. 

While Shanaka’s success rate as skipper soars despite early finger pointing by unjust critics, the team selection and chopping and changing at a whim which has halted recently appears to have made heavy inroads into Sri Lanka’s turnaround. 

Shanaka has at his disposal a well rounded team who under new coach Chris Silverwood appears to have jelled into a formidable force. Whether they can surprise the rest of the world in this unpredictable format is anyone’s guess.  But making that prediction now, maybe getting ahead of themselves. 

Names such as Pathum Nissanka,  Charith Asalanka,  Wanindu Hasarsnga,  Maheesh Theeksheena, Bhanuka Rajapakse will be remembered after this tournament as they team up with Shanaka and the senior members of the team to prove their mettle to the cricketing world. 

Sri Lanka head off to Geelong to begin their qualifying rounds against Namibia on October 16, UAE on October 18 and the Netherlands on October 20. 

The first two teams in two groups progress to the main event. West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland,  UAE, Namibia, Scotland, Netherlands and Sri Lanka will battle it out in their respective matches to make the cut.

From a Sri Lankan perspective,  it is about quick adaptation from the slow low turning tracks of Dubai to Australian wickets. In this respect Silverwood whose recent experience at the helm of the England team will be invaluable. 

Australia,  England,  New Zealand and India are hot favourites to contest this edition with the unpredictable Pakistan and South Africa not far behind. 

If there was a dark horse, I would rate the plucky Lankans with a good chance. 

Group AGroup B
· Namibia

· Sri Lanka

· United Arab Emirates

· Netherlands

· Ireland

· Scotland

· Zimbabwe

· West Indies

The next group stage will involve teams already qualified and the top four teams from the earlier stage. 

Group 1Group 2
· Australia

· Afghanistan

· England

· New Zealand

· Winner Group A

· Runner-Up Group B

· Bangladesh

· India

· Pakistan

· South Africa

· Winner Group B

· Runner-Up Group A

T20 World Cup 2022 full schedule

This year’s T20 World Cup will begin on Sunday, October 16th with a clash between Sri Lanka and Namibia. 

The final will take place on Sunday, November 13th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

Sun. Oct 163pm AEDTSri Lanka vs NamibiaKardinia Park, Geelong
Sun. Oct 167pm AEDTUnited Arab Emirates vs NetherlandsKardinia Park, Geelong
Mon. Oct 173pm AEDTWest Indies vs ScotlandBellerive Oval, Hobart
Mon. Oct 177pm AEDTZimbabwe vs IrelandBellerive Oval, Hobart
Tue. Oct 183pm AEDTNamibia vs NetherlandsKardinia Park, Geelong
Tue. Oct 187pm AEDTSri Lanka vs United Arab EmiratesKardinia Park, Geelong
Wed. Oct 193pm AEDTIreland vs ScotlandBellerive Oval, Hobart
Wed. Oct 197pm AEDTZimbabwe vs West IndiesBellerive Oval, Hobart
Thu. Oct 203pm AEDTNetherlands vs Sri LankaKardinia Park, Geelong
Thu. Oct 207pm AEDTNamibia vs United Arab EmiratesKardinia Park, Geelong
Fri. Oct 213pm AEDTIreland vs West IndiesBellerive Oval, Hobart
Fri. Oct 217pm AEDTScotland vs ZimbabweBellerive Oval, Hobart
Sat. Oct 226pm AEDTAustralia vs New ZealandSCG, Sydney
Sat. Oct 2210pm AEDTEngland vs AfghanistanOptus Stadium, Perth
Sun. Oct 233pm AEDTWinner Group A vs Runner-Up Group BBellerive Oval, Hobart
Sun. Oct 237pm AEDTIndia vs PakistanMCG, Melbourne
Mon. Oct 243pm AEDTBangladesh vs Runner-Up Group A Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Mon. Oct 247pm AEDTSouth Africa vs Winner Group BBellerive Oval, Hobart
Tue. Oct 2510pm AEDTAustralia vs Winner Group AOptus Stadium, Perth
Wed. Oct 263pm AEDTEngland vs Runner-Up Group BMCG, Melbourne
Wed. Oct 267pm AEDTNew Zealand vs AfghanistanMCG, Melbourne
Thu. Oct 272pm AEDTSouth Africa vs BangladeshSCG, Sydney
Thu. Oct 276pm AEDTIndia vs Runner-Up Group ASCG, Sydney
Fri. Oct 283pm AEDTAfghanistan vs Runner-Up Group BMCG, Melbourne
Fri. Oct 287pm AEDTAustralia vs EnglandMCG, Melbourne
Sat. Oct 297pm AEDTNew Zealand vs Winner Group ASCG, Sydney
Sun. Oct 302pm AEDTBangladesh vs Winner Group BThe Gabba, Brisbane
Sun. Oct 306pm AEDTPakistan vs Runner-Up Group AOptus Stadium, Perth
Sun. Oct 3010pm AEDTIndia vs South AfricaOptus Stadium, Perth
Mon. Oct 317pm AEDTAustralia vs Runner-Up Group BThe Gabba, Brisbane
Tue. Nov 13pm AEDTAfghanistan vs Winner Group AThe Gabba, Brisbane
Tue. Nov 17pm AEDTEngland vs New ZealandThe Gabba, Brisbane
Wed. Nov 23pm AEDTWinner Group B vs Runner-Up Group AAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Wed. Nov 27pm AEDTIndia vs BangladeshAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Thu. Nov 37pm AEDTPakistan vs South AfricaSCG, Sydney 
Fri. Nov 43pm AEDTNew Zealand vs Runner-Up Group BAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Fri. Nov 47pm AEDTAustralia vs AfghanistanAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sat. Nov 57pm AEDTEngland vs Winner Group ASCG, Sydney
Sun. Nov 611am AEDTSouth Africa vs Runner-Up Group AAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sun. Nov 63pm AEDTPakistan vs BangladeshAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sun. Nov 67pm AEDTIndia vs Winner Group B MCG, Melbourne
Wed. Nov 97pm AEDTSemi-Final 1 (TBA vs TBA)SCG, Sydney
Thu. Nov 107pm AEDTSemi-Final 2 (TBA vs TBA)Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sun. Nov 137pm AEDTFinal (TBA vs TBA)MCG, Melbourne


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