Australia faces yet another trial by spin fire in the third and final test match of the Sri Lankan tour. The Aussies have already lost the first two tests of the series. This is basically a dead rubber. Australian batsmen already look dead and buried against crafty spin bowling of the Sri Lankans. Rabbits caught in the vehicle headlights would be more comfortable than Australian batsmen at the crease in this series. But it may not be an easy picking for cricket betting. Australia has a history of bouncing back in the final test of a series, especially in the sub-continent. And Sri Lanka has a tendency of becoming complacent once the series is won.
Preview – Sri Lanka
The supreme performance of their bowlers fetched them victory in both the test matches. Among the batsmen only Kusal Mendis has been consistent. The others could use this as an ideal opportunity to find some form.
Bowling has been top class for Sri Lanka. Rangana Herath can claim the honour of being the best spinner in the world. Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan too played their part to perfection. They seem to have induced the fear of god into the Australian batsmen’s mind.
Preview – Australia
The only thing going for Australia is their fast bowler’s performance. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have bowled their hearts out. If Australia are to win, their bowlers need to bowl Sri Lanka out for sub-100 scores.
Australian batsmen tried to do many things: all-out attack, stubborn blocking and a mixture of caution and aggression. But they are not able to do a simple thing needed to counter the spinners: that is, taking singles frequently.
The change of venue from Galle to Colombo might work in the Australian batsmen’s favour. The pitch could take turn, but not to the extent we saw in Galle. If the Aussies can counter the demons in their own minds, the pitch might appear slightly better anyhow.
For cricket betting, it is tempting to go in favour of Sri Lanka. But it can go the other way too. While the hosts appear the favourites, Australia can spring a surprise.
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