The five-match one day international (ODI) series between Sri Lanka and Australia commences tomorrow at Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo. Sri Lanka will be looking to maintain their supremacy in the test series, which they white-washed 3-0. Australia, on the other hand, will be seeking a fresh beginning in the shorter format. It will be a great series for cricket betting too, having the potential for lots of twists and turns. Contrary to the popular perception, Sri Lanka will not have an easy ride. Australian teams tend to succumb to spin in test matches; but they tend to fare better in limited over matches.
Preview – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka have made many changes to their test squad. Australia will be relieved to hear that Rangana Herath is not playing. But another old war horse, Tillakaratne Dilshan, is in. The Sri Lankan selectors have drafted in promising teenage batting prodigy Avishka Fernando and young left arm spinner Amila Aponso. Much will depend on how Sri Lankan batsmen perform against the Australian bowlers. If they manage to score in excess of 270, they do have a chance. Sri Lankan batting line-ups, since the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, have shown recurring signs of inconsistency.
Sri Lanka’s bowling does not look too penetrative. But they know how to prevent batsmen from scoring heavily in the low and slow Sri Lankan pitches. The onus will be on the batters. If they produce decent scores, Sri Lanka will be winning.
Preview – Australia
Australia will rely on a long batting line-up of stroke-makers and fast-bowling fire power in their bid to rescue a faltering tour campaign. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood must provide early breakthroughs. Similarly, David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith must click with the bat. Australia will hope that their batting all-rounders, the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques and Adam Voges, will lend balance and advantage to the team.
Australia’s ODI record in Sri Lanka is not bad: 9 wins and 13 losses. It has been quite a while since they played in the Emerald Isles though. The last time these teams met in a series was in 2011, which Australia won 3-2. Australia played against Sri Lanka in Khettarama 12 times. They won five and lost six. In other words, there is nothing much in the stats to figure out a potential winner for cricket betting.
Sri Lanka will have the confidence following their one-sided test-match victory. But ODIs are a different ball game. You cannot count the World Champions of the format out, even though they are down at the moment. The smart thing for cricket betting is to look for attractive odds in favour of Australia and b adventurous with your bets.
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