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by Alastair Symondson & Cricket World Tuesday 29 October 2019
Sri Lanka came to the Australian shores with a lot of hope. They had just whitewashed Pakistan at home in a T20I series with an inexperienced bunch and with the relatively experienced players back in the side, the team was hoping to repeat their feat of 2017.
However, those hopes took not more than an hour to evaporate as Australia batted first in the first T20I in Adelaide, and kicked off in style with a 122-run opening stand between skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner who was making his comeback to T20I cricket after his one-year ban
Warner, who turned 33 on Sunday, became the third Australian after Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson to have an international hundred in all three formats.
His unbeaten 100, along with skipper Aaron Finch (64) and Glenn Maxwell (62), who came out to bat at one drop, took Australia to 233. Warner's maiden T20I ton came off just 56 balls and included eight fours and three sixes.
This helped the Aussies clinch the first T20I on the Sri Lanka tour of Australia by 134 runs, the team's biggest ever margin in this format.
The Sri Lankan bowlers, particularly Kasun Rajitha, looked like a fish out of water and ended with figures of 4-75-0, the most expensive in T20Is. The team then folded up on 99 and would have to pick themselves up in order to compete in the series.
Mitchell Starc will miss this game due to his brother's wedding and Billy Stanlake is likely to take his place in the XI.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Australia- Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
Sri Lanka- Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Perera, Oshada Fernando, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lasith Malinga
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), Adam Zampa (Australia)
Most Sixes – Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
Man of the Match – Glenn Maxwell
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 160+, Australia 200+
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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