Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Australia v Sri Lanka 2nd Test

Usman Khawaja (Australia) is due some runs
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It was always going to be tough for Sri Lankan batsman to adjust right away at Brisbane where the pitch offers a lot more pace and bounce, especially with the pink ball moving around under lights.

Trailing the series by 1-0, the pitch at the Manuka Oval in Canberra will suit the visitors a lot more. The strip will be quite slow and low which would be similar to wickets of the subcontinent. However, given the force with which the Lankans have been hit, it would take a lot of character to bounce back.

Pat Cummins will continue to lead the Aussie attack. He was exceptional in the last match, even bordering on unplayable at times and picked up a 10-wicket haul. Jhye Richardson would try to make a bigger impact after a memorable Test debut while Michelle Stark would try to return to his best. Unlike Brisbane, where the services of Nathan Lyon were not required much, he will play a big role in the second Test.

Although the likes of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne performed well in the first Test, the Australians would like to see a couple of centuries from their willow.

Likewise, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal would be expected to show some fight. In the absence of Dusmanta Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera would lead the Sri Lankan bowling attack.

Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.

Australia- Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson/Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson

Sri Lanka- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Australia

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Usman Khawaja (Australia)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka), Nathan Lyon (Australia)

Most Fours – Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Usman Khwaja (Australia)

Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 250+, Australia 360+

*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 soon, so stay tuned.

 

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