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Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
Sri Lanka’s battle to improve its poor record against Australia
Sri Lanka to win
Tournament: Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the first game in the 3-Match T20 series where the host Sri Lanka would take on World Champions Australia at Colombo. The hosts haven’t been in the best form with their last series win coming almost a year back. They were whitewashed by India in their last series. Australia is enjoying a great run in this tournament, and they had come here with back-to-back series wins against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Sri Lanka has fared poorly against top sides in the last few years. They have hardly won games with constant changes in the team affecting the confidence of the players. They would look to take advantage of the home conditions in this game. Australians have one of the strongest outfits in this format of the game and the hosts must come up with a special performance to win here.
Dasun Shanaka would know the kind of challenge his side would be up against in this game. They had lost to the Australians in Australia earlier this year and shall look to erase that memory by winning this series. Shanaka would like his players to play with a positive frame of mind and not allow the visitors to get under their skins. An early lead would add to the side’s confidence.
Pathum Nissanka has shown good form and the side would like to see him offer an electrifying start with Danushka Gunathilaka. Bhanuka Rajapaksa did well in the IPL, and he will have to add quick runs in the middle overs with Kusal Mendis and Shanaka. The side has good hitters of the ball to follow in Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga who will look to make good use of the long handle.
The bowling attack would be put to test by the Australians and the new ball pair of Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne shall have to strike early. Hasaranga comes here with his confidence high, and the side would expect a good show from him in this game. Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana complete a good bowling attack for the side.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Matheesha Pathirana
Nuwan Thushara, Dushmantha Chameera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Wanidu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne
Aaron Finch would be looking for a good start to the series. The Australian skipper would be confident with the form his side has shown in the last 12 months. Most of the players in the team have done well in the recent IPL and have been playing in similar conditions. Their opponents haven’t been in the best of form and Finch shall look to exploit it and take an early lead in the series.
David Warner is coming here in great form, and he would like to set up a strong partnership with Aaron Finch. In the middle order, Mitchell Marsh is an excellent player, and he would look to add runs with the experienced Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith. Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade are good hitters of the ball down the order and the side would look for a good finish from them.
The side would be missing Pat Cummins, but Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood bring in the pace and bounce to get the best out of these placid wickets. Jhye Richardson has done well in this format, and he will look to do well in the middle overs with Mitchell Swepson. Maxwell and Stoinis add bowling options for the side making it strong.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Swepson
Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood
We would see partly cloudy skies over Colombo on June 7 and this would offer some assistance to the fast bowlers during the game. The wicket is usually flat where batsmen have always played their strokes freely. The side batting first would aim at a total of more than 160 runs here.
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo has a flat surface and a fast outfield which has made it a wonderful venue for the batsmen. Fast bowlers have to rely on their variations as there isn’t much on this track for them. Spinners have enjoyed a good record in the past as they get the ball to turn sharply and stop on the batsmen.
Most teams in the past have preferred to bowl at this venue since the conditions get difficult for bowlers as the game progresses. We expect to see some assistance on the track in the early overs of the game. The side winning the toss here shouldn’t have any hesitation in bowling first.
Sri Lankans have been occasionally producing good performances in this format. They have few emerging stars who can take on any opposition. However, lack of consistency among players and failure to play as a unit has plagued them over the last four years. The side needs to deliver as a team in this game. Australia is going through a purple patch in this format. They have a good balance with the bat and the ball, and this would make them favorites in the contest.
Sri Lanka to win
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