Sri Lanka did not qualify for the Super 12s stage of the upcoming T20 World Cup, and will instead have to go through the group stage. It is why they have arrived in Oman earlier than others and have set up this brief T20I series against the local side to get some practice under their belt.
The islanders did not have a great time in the T20I series they played last month, in their own backyard, against South Africa.
Having beaten the Proteas in the ODI series 2-1, it was expected that the Lankans would replicate the same level of performance in the shortest format but it wasn’t to be. A 3-0 shellacking by a visiting side that itself isn’t a top side by any means has dampened the Sri Lankan mood that was buoyed by their surprise 2-1 win over India back in July.
Against Oman, of course, they shouldn’t have much of a problem as there is a massive gap in the quality of both sides.
Oman were recently in action in the 50-over format as part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. Their October 2 encounter with Scotland was not finished due to rain.
Their last foray in T20 format was in August when they played a trio of matches against Mumbai and won 2-1. That Mumbai side featured IPL star Yashasvi Jaiswal so the 2-1 win cannot be taken lightly.
But it cannot also be exaggerated or used to imply that Oman can trouble Sri Lanka. The Middle East side ranks several rungs below the top sides, of which even this weakened rendition of Sri Lanka are a part.