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Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets
Sri Lanka’s hunt for a rare win against a higher-ranked side
Australia to win
Tournament: Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka | Toss: To BatBet Now
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It was quite a turnaround for the Sri Lankan team during the ODI series where they won 3-2 after having started with a loss in the series. The real test would start for the side as they take on the Australians in the 1st Test Match. Their record in this format hasn’t been great in recent years. Australians had won the Test series in Pakistan before arriving here and the Ashes 4-0.
In the last 20 Test Matches that the Sri Lankans have played the side hasn’t defeated a higher-ranked side. They have struggled against quality bowling attacks, and it will be interesting how the side fares here. Australians are known for fighting hard and the Sri Lankans know the conditions well and we should have a close contest on our hands.
Dimuth Karunaratne would be happy to be leading the side in this game. The hosts showed grit and determination during the ODIs, and this would have surprised the Australians after their easy win during the T20s. However, cricket in whites is the toughest challenge and Sri Lankans have struggled against stronger opponents in the last four years. Karunaratne shall like to see his batsmen approach the game with a positive mind as they have a good bowling attack for these conditions.
Sri Lanka is likely to go in with Pathum Nissanka and Karunaratne as openers with the former having shown good form in recent games. The middle-order is experienced with Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Dinesh Chandimal in the side and these players would have to play the long innings. Niroshan Dickwella and Ramesh Mendis are good batsmen for these conditions and the side would need runs from them.
Their bowlers would be under pressure as the Australians have shown good form in the series. Asitha Fernando and Kasun Rajitha shall need to draw early blood and prevent the Aussie top order from putting up big partnerships. The side has three quality spinners which is a big bonus for these conditions. Wickets would be expected from Praveen Jayawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, and Lasith Embuldeniya
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Pathum Nissanka, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Praveen Jayawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya
Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Oshada Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeffrey Vandersay
Pat Cummins and his team would have got a taste of Sri Lanka’s strength during the ODI series, and they must play with more heart in the game to do well here. The wicket would be a spin-friendly surface and the side would have to bat with passion. They have enjoyed a good record against Sri Lanka in the past and Cummins would like to extend that lead here.
Usman Khawaja comes here with runs under his belt, and he will look to stitch an important partnership with David Warner. Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith are two of the best bowlers in this game and the side would expect to see a good effort from them in the game. Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Cummins add depth to this line-up and good performances would be needed from them.
Cummins and Mitchell Starc shall look to draw leverage from their pace as this wicket isn’t likely to offer them much after the morning session. Josh Hazlewood has grown in confidence over the last 12 months and the side would have high expectations from him. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson would enjoy the conditions at this venue, and they will have to bowl the side to a win.
Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey (wk), Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson
Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, David Warner, Travis Head
There is a forecast for slight rains and overcast conditions at Galle between June 29 and July 3. The wicket has been a good one for the bowlers, unlike other Sri Lankan wickets. It does offer some support to fast bowlers on Day 1, but the spinners have always dominated here. The side batting first in the game shall be happy to have at least 400 runs on the board.
Galle International Stadium, Galle has been a good ground for the batsmen as well as the spinners. Batsmen enjoy the conditions on days 1, 2, and 3 when it is a good surface to play strokes. Spinners have dominated on days 4 and 5 at this ground. Fast bowlers do get some support from the wicket under overcast conditions and in the morning session.
It is one of the toughest wickets in the world to bat in the fourth innings as the wicket turns into a minefield making life difficult against the spinners. The sides batting first have won most games at this venue. The skipper winning the toss should have no hesitation in batting first on this wicket.
Sri Lankans did impress their fans with a win in the ODI series. But this is a different ball game and their batting performances against a good bowling attack haven’t been anything to write about. The side would have to build partnerships to win the game. The Australians come here with a good run in Test cricket. They have a strong batting line-up and a quality pace attack. This would make them favorites to win this contest.
Australia to win
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