Man of the Match: David Warner
Australia looks for a T20I series whitewash 3-0!
Australia will win the match and series 3-0!
Australia is dominating every facet of the game like batting, bowling, and fielding in the T20I series so far. They are winning matches without any fight from the opposition. They will look to test the players in the bench in this match.
Sri Lanka has come up with one of their worst performances in this series and they will be highly dejected with it. They need to put some spirited performances in the final match before they leave the Aussie soil. Sri Lanka will be delighted if they manage a consolation win and some pride in this match. Australia has a good opportunity to whitewash Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20Is for the first time.
Australia has everything going their way and they would have loved a better fight from the opposition in the wake of the T20I World Cup next year. David Warner top-scored for the team in both the matches with his 100* & 60*. Steve Smith notched up his fifty in the last T20I after the early wicket of skipper Aaron Finch. Warner and Smith shared an unbeaten 117-run partnership to steer their team in an easy chase.
Australian bowlers have been right on the money for the second time this series bowling out Sri Lanka for 118 runs. Billy Stanlake replaced Mitchell Starc in the last match. Billy Stanlake, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins took two wickets each and also bowled economically giving runs at below 7 RPO. Kane Richardson is the only Australian bowler who is yet to take a wicket after two matches.
David Warner - Warner has scored 160 runs at a strike rate of 150+ in this series without being dismissed so far. He has shared three 100+ partnerships with Finch, Maxwell and Smith this series.
Ashton Agar - Agar has taken 3 wickets so far and has formed an excellent spin combo with the leg spinner Adam Zampa. He will be a vital member of the team in the lead up to the T20I World Cup next year.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Sean Abbott, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake
AJ Turner, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Alex Carey, KW Richardson, Ashton Agar, Ben McDermott, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Sri Lanka team suffered yet another humiliating loss in the second T20I match. Their win over Pakistan looks like a distant memory now. Gunaratne and Kusal Perera looked good for their 20s before being dismissed. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never was able to build any partnership in the middle. Their batsmen need to apply themselves in the Australian drop-in pitches before going after the bowlers.
Their bowlers are no match to the Australian batsmen`s quality. They have taken just 3 wickets so far giving away 350+ runs at an economy rate of 10 RPO easily. Lasith Malinga`s early wicket in the first over was the only moment for the Sri Lankan bowlers this series.
Kusal Perera - Kusal Perera scored 27 runs off 19 balls with 2 boundaries and a six. He was looking good for a big knock before being dismissed by Ashton Agar.
Lasith Malinga - Malinga needs to inspire his team from the front with his performance. Last time they were down 2-0 against New Zealand, Malinga came up with a five-wicket haul to help his team with the T20I match.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga (c), Nuwan Pradeep
Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Mendis , Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga
Melbourne will have a cool and brezzy evening on the match day with some cloud cover. We expect to have a full 40 overs of match.
Melbourne is one of the iconic grounds of Australia with bigger boundaries. The overcast conditions may help the pace bowlers to swing the ball. The average score in this pitch is 140 runs due to it`s big boundaries and pace friendly pitch.
Sri Lanka lost both the matches despite winning the toss. Both Australia & Sri Lanka will look to give their batsmen some important time in the middle if they win the toss.
We expect Australia to continue their supreme form and momentum in this series. Sri Lanka looks lost at the moment and they need to a special performance to inspire their team. We expect Australia to dominate Sri Lanka in this match too.
Australia will win the match and series 3-0!