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Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets
Sri Lanka’s quest for a rare win against might Aussies
Australia 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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World Champions Australia made a stellar start to the 3-Match series with a 10-wicket win. It was a perfect show from the side in all departments of the game as they never allowed the Sri Lankans to get on the top barring a few overs during the Sri Lankan innings. The side would like to continue with the same momentum here and take the series 2-0 in two straight games.
Sri Lanka’s trouble with batting inconsistency would worry the side. They have managed to win just once against Australia in the last ten games and this would hurt their confidence. The side failed to take advantage of the conditions at home. They will have to come out with a special performance in this game to level the series.
It was an all too familiar show from Dasun Shanaka’s side in the last game. The side lost the last nine wickets for 28 runs to go from a position of strength to absolute bonkers. Inconsistency with the bat has become more of a norm for the Sri Lankans and they need to get over it. Shanaka would like to see a spirited performance from his players here as they battle for survival in the series.
Pathum Nissanka batted well, and he will need support from Danushka Gunathilaka to set up a good platform in this game. Charith Asalanka also scored runs but needs to improve his strike rate. The middle-order has become a problem for the team and the trio of Kusal Mendis, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Shanaka shall have to play with more responsibility. Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne must add runs down the order for the side to be in a comfortable position.
The bowling attack looked clueless in the last game and needs to improve its show. Maheesh Theekshana did well, and the side would like to see Nuwan Thushara come up with a better performance. Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will have to take advantage of the home conditions being the most important bowlers for the team. Karunaratne and Shanaka shall be expected to do well in the supporting role.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
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 look to start from where his side left in the last game. They bowled to their plans and the openers looked in murderous form. They have gotten under the skins of the Sri Lankas and shall look to make it count in this game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
David Warner and Aaron Finch would be confident after their massive partnership in the last game, and they will look forward to a similar performance in this game. Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, and Steven Smith are experienced players in this format of the game and add to the side’s strengths. In Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, and Ashton Agar the side has firepower down the order making it strong.
The side would be happy with the form Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood displayed in the last game where they made good use of their pace. Marsh and Maxwell were expensive, and they would look to improve their line and length here. Kane Richardson did well and so did Agar and they complete a strong bowling attack for the side.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Aaron Finch, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood
The sky over Colombo is expected to be slightly cloudy on June 8. The wicket is flat, and batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely. We expect to see a high-scoring game here and the side batting first would need 180 runs on the board to feel safe on this flat track.
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo is a batsman’s paradise where runs have been scored in tons in the past. There isn’t much on this wicket for the fast bowlers and they need to use their variations well. It is a good venue for the spinners as the ball grips the surface and turns creating problems for the batsmen.
It was an absolute belter of a track in the first game and defending any total on this track would be a difficult proposition for either of the sides. Most teams have won games here chasing the score. Hence, the side that wins the toss is likely to opt for bowling first in this game.
Sri Lankans would need to show lots of heart to come out of the drubbing they received in the last game. It was absolute mayhem from their batsmen and toothless bowling performance. They will need to win the mental battle to challenge the Australians. The Aussies ticked all the boxes in the last game with the bat and the ball. They have momentum on their side and shall start favorites here.
Australia to win
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