The first T20 international between Sri Lanka and Australia is all set to commence at Pallekele tomorrow. Australia will have the confidence, having won the ODI series handsomely by a score of 4-1. Sri Lankan batsmen were unable to stamp their mark on the proceedings, often leaving their bowlers with paltry scores to defend. They will look for an immediate turnaround at Pallekele tomorrow. They have a positive history in T20 internationals against Australia. It, however, should not sway the cricket betting options in its favour. As with all T20s, this is going to be yet another closely fought game.
Preview – Sri Lanka
The island nation’s search for a proper replacement of their batting legends is still continuing. None of the younger generation has managed to perform on a consistent basis, like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene did for many years. Sri Lankan batting is now a leaderless pack. Sometimes it clicks; sometimes it does not. Against a high quality bowling attack like Australia’s, their chances of success are even less.
Sri Lankan bowlers had the upper hand against the Aussie batters in the test series. But their stronghold released considerably in the ODI series. There will not be any defensive tactics from the Australian batsmen in T20s. The Lankan spinners could find themselves going for plenty of runs or getting plenty of wickets.
Cricket betting alert on injuries: Sri Lanka will be without their injured skipper Angelo Mathews.
Preview – Australia
The Australian seems to have found out that eternal truth about playing spin bowling: the shorter is the format, the easier it is to negotiate spinners. The Aussies have the confidence and momentum from the ODI series win. But two things stare them straight on the face: injury woes and poor T20 record against Sri Lanka.
Half of the first choice players are not available for the Aussies tomorrow. Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh have returned home for rest. Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile are visiting the physicians to treat their injuries. The latest to join them are two of the impactful batsmen of T20 arena at the moment: Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch. Both the players have been in terrific form of late, with Lynn having had a prolific Caribbean Premier League and Finch having blasted an 18-ball half century in the recently concluded ODI series.
On top of that is Australia’s poor T20 record against Sri Lanka. It reads thus: played eight and won just two matches. In Sri Lanka, these two teams have met twice, both times at Pallekele. Sri Lanka won both the matches.
The match, in short, will be against an under-performing Sri Lankan side and an injury-hit Australian team. History favours Sri Lanka. However, one must keep in mind that both the T20 matches of Australia in Sri Lanka were played in 2011. That record is going to change now. Check out the cricket betting odds of an Australian win at 12BET now.
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