Australia won the first T20 international against Sri Lanka but the match was closer than many expected. Sri Lanka bowled brilliantly to keep Australia’s batting in check but its batting lineup failed to chase down a below-par target. Australia has now won the previous six T20 internationals it has played against Sri Lanka and will be confident of wrapping up the series this time around.
The odds are still very short on Australia to win, especially considering the fight that Sri Lanka put up but the cricket betting sites do not seem bothered about that!
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 2022. The match is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on the 13th of February 2022.
AUS VS SL TEAM PREVIEWS
Australia has opted to rest a couple of its important players as it looks forward to building a strong squad to try and defend its T20 World Cup title later this season. Ben McDermott is going to open the batting and he top-scored for Australia in the first match, He is coming into this series on the back of a brilliant BBL and just seemed to continue in the same vein. We are very happy to back him once more in this match.
The Aussie batting struggled against the Sri Lankan spinners in the first match. Aaron Finch got out cheaply, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Matthew Wade did not make much of an impact either, and so a few concerns are moving forward.
Australia is going to be tested with spin in this next match as well but we expect them to fight back better this time around. Marcus Stoinis is another player that you can look to bet on. He looked in great form during the first match and could score runs once more.
Australia eventually won the first match because of its bowling. Josh Hazelwood and Adam Zampa were the picks of the bowlers. They struck every time they came on to bowl and did not give the Sri Lankan batsmen an inch. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc were good without being brilliant.
With an attack so strong as this, we do not want to put any money on the top bowler Australia betting market. It is simply a guess as any bowler could come out on top on a given day. As a team, Australia holds the advantage over Sri Lanka in every aspect of the game.
It is so good to see a Sri Lankan side that is capable of fighting back against Australia after a long time. Sri Lanka may not have won the match but it certainly showed that it is not a team to be taken for granted. Wanindu Hasaranga and Mahesh Theekshana are going to pose problems for Australia in every match that they play. They have the skills, the guile, and the temperament to attack the Aussie batsmen.
Dushmanth Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne both bowled well but the surprise of the match was Binura Fernando. He does not have a great pace but can hit the blackhole quite consistently.
The Sri Lanka bowling attack is pretty good and a couple of early wickets will allow Sri Lanka to put the Australians under pressure.
The problem seems to be in the batting lineup. Pathum Nissanka and Danushka Gunathulaka looked to start aggressively, as did Avishka Fernando, but the gamble did not pay off. Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Diniesh Chandimal, and Dasun Shanaka are the other batsmen in this lineup.
This is not a bad batting lineup, to be honest, but it did seem to struggle against the short ball in the first match. Also, we think Sri Lanka needs to show a bit more respect to Adam Zampa and not try to attack him like they would a net bowler.
Sri Lanka has a poor record against Australia and is a side that is still finding its feet but we do think it is quite undervalued by the cricket betting sites at the moment.
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st T20I
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Date & Time: 7th June at 7:00 pm IST and Local time
SRI LANKA VS AUSTRALIA PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium is a balanced track. The new ball comes nicely onto the bat and the batters can play their strokes freely. The spinners will play a major role while bowling here as the ball tends to grip off the surface.
SRI LANKA VS AUSTRALIA WEATHER FORECAST
The conditions will be ideal for a game of cricket. Temperatures in Colombo on Wednesday are expected to hover between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius.
SRI LANKA VS AUSTRALIA IS PROBABLE XIS
Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka scored 36 and 38 respectively in their last match but the other batters failed to contribute. None of the bowlers could make a breakthrough, with Dushmantha Chameera going for as many as 48 runs in his four overs.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Thushara
Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc were the picks of the bowlers as they scalped four and three wickets respectively to help their side knock over the Lankans on 128 in the first T20I. Aaron Finch and David Warner then put up a show with the bat to help them get across the line in 14 overs.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
TOP PICKS- BATTERS
The top-order batter was the leading run-scorer in the T20I series against Australia, with 184 runs in five innings at an average of 36.80.
The man in the form delivered impactful knocks for his IPL team, Delhi Capitals. He scored 251 runs in 8 innings at a strike rate of 132.80. In eight innings of BBL 2021/22, he garnered 347 runs, with a top score of 100*.
TOP PICKS- ALL-ROUNDERS
The finest bowler of the Sri Lanka team was the leading wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup 2021. In the recently concluded IPL, he finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 26 scalps in 16 matches.
The swashbuckling batter scored 138 runs in five innings against Sri Lanka in the T20I series earlier this year. Moreover, he was impressive with 301 runs in 13 innings of IPL 2022.
TOP PICKS- BOWLERS
The experienced fast bowler was the best in the series against Sri Lanka, wherein he scalped a total of 8 wickets in 3 matches. In 12 matches of IPL 2022, he had 20 wickets.
He picked five wickets in as many matches against Australia in February. He continued his fine form to pick up 12 wickets in 9 appearances of IPL 2022 at an economy of 7.46.
TOP PICKS- WICKET-KEEPER
The talented batter will hold the key to steering Sri Lanka finely in this fixture. In 32 T20Is, he has scored 638 runs, with a top score of 79.
SRI LANKA VS AUSTRALIA MATCH PREDICTION
The world champions will be high on confidence after their comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the first game of the series. The hosts need to bring out their A-game to keep the three-match T20I series alive.
Considering the form the entire Australian team is in right now, it will be hard to topple them.
Prediction: AUSTRALIA TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.