Australia v Sri Lanka: T20 Previews

Sri Lanka v Australia will be the first T20 Series Australia play as they begin the Summer of Cricket.

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After two equally commanding performances, Australia will look to make it a clean-sweep against Sri Lanka in the third T20I at the MCG on Friday night.

Match Overview

The hosts again lost the toss and although this time they were asked to field first they still managed to stamp their authority early, reducing the Lankans to 6/75, before dismissing the visitors for 117 with Billy Stanlake, Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa all claiming two wickets apiece.

The Aussies then shrug off the early loss of captain Aaron Finch for a golden duck to cruise home by nine wickets with David Warner (60 not out off 41 balls) and Steve Smith (53 not out off 36 balls) sharing an unbeaten stand of 117 off 75 balls.

With the series secured and a relatively short-turn around it remains to be seen as to whether the Aussies give squad members Ben McDermott and Sean Abbott some game time.

It was another deeply disappointing display from Sri Lanka who never really got going with the bat, despite opener Danushka Gunathilaka (21 off 22 balls) and ‘keeper-batsman Kusal Perera (27 off 19 balls) showing some brief sparkle.

On this occasion, it was hard to be too harsh on their bowlers, given the meagre total they had to defend, though skipper Lasith Malinga (1/23 off three overs) was the only member of their attack to concede less than eight runs an over.

Following their first two efforts I couldn’t go near Sri Lanka again and with the home side prohibitively short I’ll instead be backing Australia’s returning opener to continue his supreme run in this format.

Key Stats

  • Australia have now won seven of their last nine T20Is at home.
  • Sri Lanka have won only three of their last nine T20Is away from home.
  • David Warner has top-scored in four of his past eight T20Is against Sri Lanka.

Betting Strategy

 BACK – David Warner Top Australia Batsman at 3.50 or bigger for 1 unit.

After being absolutely obliterated in the series opener at Adelaide, Sri Lanka will be hoping to bounce back and keep the series alive when they take on Australia in the second T20I at the Gabba on Wednesday.

Match Overview

Having been sent into bat on Sunday the Aussies quickly got to work with an opening stand of 122 which was finally broken in the 11th over when captain Aaron Finch (64 off 36 balls) holed out in the deep.

However, Finch’s opening partner David Warner continued the assault, finishing unbeaten on an even 100 and combining with a frenzied Glenn Maxwell (62 off 28 balls) to lift the hosts to their highest-ever home T20I total of 2/233.

In reply Sri Lanka were powerless to stop the Australian juggernaut, limping to 9/99 with leg-spinner Adam Zampa claiming 3/14 from his four overs.

There were not a lot of positives for the visitors to come out of that annihilation on Sunday, although amongst the carnage in the field zippy quick Nuwan Pradeep could hold his head high, conceding a perfectly acceptable 28 from his four overs.

He didn’t receive any help from Kasun Rajitha who recorded the most expensive figures in the history of T20I cricket with 0/75 from his full allotment.

Similarly, none of Sri Lanka’s batsmen reached 20 and with vast improvement required with both bat and ball, it seems likely that all-rounder Isuru Udana will earn a recall in place of Rajitha, while there will also be changes for Australia with spearhead Mitchell Starc absent due to his brother’s wedding.

Although the margin in Adelaide was eye-watering, recent history and performance are enough to suggest that this may have been an aberration from the visitors and that their price is too big to overlook on Wednesday.

Key Stats

  • Australia have won only two of their past seven T20I series.
  • Sri Lanka have won four of their last five T20Is.
  • Sri Lanka have won seven of their past 11 T20Is against Australia.

Betting Strategy

 BACK to LAY – Sri Lanka at 7.00 or bigger for 1 unit (trade out at 3.75 or better).

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