On Thursday afternoon, Australia is set to take on Sri Lanka for their 2nd match in Group 1 of the T20 World Cup. Both teams have made a winning start to the Super-12 round with the Aussies edging South Africa in their opening game with Sri Lanka coming out on top over Bangladesh.
Australia Betting Tips
888 Sportsbook Cricket Betting Odds: 1.36
It is unlike the Aussies to fix something that isn’t broken. Therefore barring any injuries or fitness issues, they won’t make any changes to the team having earned a morale-boosting win in the last match.
Still, the lack of form and confidence with David Warner is cause for concern and adds more accountability on Aaron Finch at the top of the batting-card. Having Steve Smith floating around the order to fill in as and when required is a huge bonus as Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell have the big-hitting ability. Marcus Stoinis and Mitch Marsh are both in decent knick as well.
With 3 top-draw seamers in Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc, Australia has the strongest fast-bowling unit in the competition. They have a high-quality leg-spinner in Adam Zampa to tighten the screws and using the off-breaks of Glenn Maxwell has proven to be a clever tactic. Also, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh and Aaron Finch can also roll their arms if required.
Sri Lanka Betting Tips
888 Sportsbook Cricket Betting Odds: 3.10
Despite gaining the victory in an exciting fashion, Sri Lanka was not entirely convincing in the last match. Consistency from the batting line-up will be the challenge since there is not enough quality in the bowling-unit.
Pathum Nissanka has shown good form in the T20 World Cup but his more experienced opening-partner Kusal Perera has not hit the heights as yet.
Chratith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored fifties to drive Sri Lanka home after Avishka Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga fell cheaply. But the Lankans have good depth to the batting-card with their all-rounders.
The bowling-unit can cause a few headaches for Sri Lanka despite having as many as 7 regular bowlers in the side.
There is a good deal of pace coming from the two frontline seamers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara. Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernanado and Dasun Shanaka are the extra fast-bowlers and Wanindu Hasaranga is the main spinner of the team.
T20 World Cup Betting Tips
Most Fours: Australia
Having a long and powerful batting line-up, Australia has plenty of batsmen that can score boundaries at ease. The Sri Lankan batting-card can have a bit of trouble with consistency especially against a strong pace-attack.
Highest Opening Partnership: Sri Lanka
Aaron Finch and David Warner will open the batting for Australia with both batters not in the best of form. Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka are the opening-pair for Sri Lanka and looks in slightly better knick at the moment.
Highest Score 6 Overs: Sri Lanka
Australia has the stronger top-order but it will not take many risks to get on top in the Powerplay. Sri Lanka has the more naturally aggressive top-order batsmen who like to score heavily in the opening 6 overs.
Extra Betting Tips
Top Australia Wicket Taker: Mitchell Starc
Top Sri Lanka Batsman: Avishka Fernando
BetGold’s T20 World Cup Predictions
Sri Lanka did well to get a win in their opening fixture but maintaining a consistent level of performance has often been an issue for the team. On the other hand, Australia will draw a lot of self-belief from its victory and will head into this match full of confidence.
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