Sri Lanka will be keen to hit back immediately on Australia in the second ODI match tomorrow at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, following their three-wicket defeat in the first ODI at the same venue. Australia surprised cricket betting experts in the first ODI with a three-wicket win. They first restricted the hosts to 227 for eight in 50 overs and then chased down the target in 46.5 overs. Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner shared seven wickets between them to put brakes on Sri Lankan scoring. Skipper Steven Smith and opener Aaron Finch scored half centuries to settle the chase without too many hiccups.
Can they repeat the performance? Sri Lanka will do everything to prevent a repeat.
Preview – Sri Lanka
For Sri Lanka, the match was over in the first half itself. A score of 227 was never enough these days to defend. They have to score in excess of 250, preferably 270+, to give their bowlers some chance. Australia do not struggle in the ODIs as they do in tests in sub continent pitches. Their long batting order usually helps them to chase down sub-250 scores. Much will depend on how Sri Lanka’s top order batsmen handle Starc and company. They have to build a solid foundation which will allow the later order hitters to accelerate. It is not going to be an easy task, as Australian bowlers are in red hot form at the moment.
Preview – Australia
Australia will be generally happy with the way the first ODI turned out. It will be a relief to win a match after a series of lop-sided defeats. Still, their batting did not look entirely convincing. It will be interesting to see how they will fare if they bat first against an assortment of slow bowlers that Sri Lanka possess. They will still trust their bowlers and fielders to tame Sri Lankan batsmen. They will also know, with some luck, they can post a decent score as well.
Australia will fancy their chances again. But Sri Lanka at home, especially after a defeat, are a dangerous unit. One must be afraid of the wounded tiger. As for cricket betting, here is handy tip: back the side that bats second.
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