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Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bat first
Sri Lanka beat Australia by 4 wickets
Sri Lanka’s search for a face-saving win
Australia to win
Tournament: Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It has been another 3-Match T20 series where Sri Lanka has lost it in two straight games. Though the hosts did put up a fight in the last game with good bowling it wasn’t enough as they lost the game by 3 wickets. Having already lost the series they would need to play well to prevent the Australians from thrashing them 3-0.
Sri Lanka has defeated Australia only once in the last 11 games played between the two teams and this would be playing on their minds. The side has suffered batting collapses regularly which is a major problem for the team. It remains to be seen if they can avoid a series whitewash with a good performance here.
It has been another series loss for Dasun Shanaka’s team in straight games. The script has been the same with their batsmen failing to put a price on their wickets. The side did bowl well to put the Australians under pressure, but they never had enough runs on the board. Shanaka would hunt for a face-saving win in this game which will help them build momentum ahead of the ODI leg of the series.
Their batsmen need to deliver the goods for the side to challenge the Australians and a good start would be expected from Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathilaka. Charith Asalanka has done well, and he will need to build partnerships with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Kusal Mendis. Shanaka will need to do the big-hitting and add runs with Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne down the order.
Their bowlers would take some heart from the good show they put up in the last game. Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana shall be eying early wickets in this game. Asalanka bowled well in the last game and the side would like to see tight spells from Wanindu Hasaranga and Nuwan Thushara as the Australian batting has looked formidable.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne
It has been an easy series win for Aaron Finch’s side. Though the team had a few hiccups chasing the small total in the last game the Aussie skipper would be happy with the performances of his players. A 3-0 whitewash would be on his mind and Finch shall be looking to exploit Sri Lanka’s batting woes here.
David Warner and Finch have played well in both games and the pair would aim at providing a good start in this game. Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell missed out on scoring runs in the last game, but they would have an important role to play here. Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, and Ashton Agar add depth to this line-up and good performances would be expected from them in this game.
Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood bowled exceedingly well in the last game, and this would add to the side's confidence. Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson shared 7 wickets between them in the last game and shall like to take on the struggling batting line-up again. Marsh, Agar, and Stoinis add variety to this bowling attack and make 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, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Ashton Agar, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood
We would see clear skies over Pallekele on June 11 and expect the conditions to be good. The wicket here has produced lots of runs in the past as batsmen can play their strokes freely. The side batting first in this game would be eying a total above 170 runs to defend it successfully.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium has large dimensions but the wicket here is flat and the outfield lightning fast. Batsmen have enjoyed scoring runs in the past. There isn’t much for the fast bowlers like all other grounds in the country. Spinners enjoy a good record as the surface lets them grip and run the ball.
In both games, we have seen the side chasing the score win the game. It has become sort of a template in this format where very few sides can defend their totals. The two captains won’t have any hesitation at the toss and the side winning shall opt to bowl first in this game.
Sri Lankans must come out of their awful batting form. The problem has lasted too long for the side to make excuses. They know the conditions well and their top order shall need to put a price on the wickets for the side to challenge the Australians. The World Champions have their bases covered with a strong batting line-up and depth in bowling. This would make them favorites to win this game.
Australia to win
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