Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v Sri Lanka 1st T20I
The first match of the three-match T20I series on the Sri Lanka tour of Australia will be played between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
Both teams come into the series on the back of some good form in the T20Is. Australia last beat India 2-0 on tour while Sri Lanka are coming off a 3-0 clean sweep against Pakistan with an inexperienced unit. However, a lot has changed for Sri Lanka since then with the relatively experienced faces back for this tour.
Lasith Malinga, quite obviously, will be their key bowler who starred with figures of 5-6, including a double hat-trick, in his last T20I against New Zealand.
Oshada Fernando impressed in Pakistan with an unbeaten 78 in the last match of the tour. He also chipped in with a 25-ball 38 in the practice game against Prime Minister's XI which Sri Lanka lost by just one wicket.
Nuwan Pradeep has upped his game in the last year or so and picked up seven wickets in the first two T20Is in Pakistan.
What will further encourage Sri Lanka is that they won on their last T20I tour of Australia in 2017 by 2-1.
Australia are looking very well-rounded this time around. Glenn Maxwell, as always, remains their most formidable batsman and is likely to be promoted in the batting order if Australia get off to a good start.
Skipper Aaron Finch could have missed this match due to a side strain but has been declared fit. He will partner David Warner at the top of the order.
Mitchell Starc and Billy Stanlake bring in express pace into the Australian line-up which will be complemented by the leg spin of Adam Zampa. Andrew Tye will miss the game due to an injury.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia- Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
Sri Lanka- Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Isuru Udana
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Australia
Who will win? – Australia
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Danushka Gunathilaka (Sri Lanka), David Warner (Australia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Most Sixes – Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Man of the Match – Glenn Maxwell
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 165+, Australia 180+
Match Handicap Australia
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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