Match Preview: (By-Vishnu)
Hello and welcome to the match preview of the 3rd T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia which will be played in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 11th June.
Sri Lanka got a horrid start in their last match. They lost their openers within 3 overs. Asalanka and Mendis steadied their innings with a 66-run partnership but the Run Rate never took off. Asalanka departed on 39 and soon Mendis departed as well courtesy hit wicket. After that, they crumbled like a pack of cards and they never got any flourish eventually,ending with a mere 124-run total. Unlike the first game, their bowling showed much resistance. Hasaranga took 4 wickets and made the match interesting but it was not enough. They will want to win the 3rd T20 as it will be a pride match for them.
Australia won the 2nd T20 and won the series. Finch and Warner gave a flier of a start in 125-run chase. But, Hasaranga sent Finch to pavilion and Australia kept loosing wickets at regular intervals . When Warner departed, the match was in balance but Wade steadied them to the win. Earlier it was their bowlers, who set the template for the win. Kane Richardson breathed fire and Jhy Richardson joined him too. The former took 4 wickets and the latter took 3 wickets. Maxi chipped in with 2 wickets as well and they restricted Sri Lanka to just 124 runs. They will look to win the 3rd T20 and clean sweep the series.
Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (C), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nuwanidu Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama and Lakshan Sandakan
Australia Squad: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Matthew Wade, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Swepson
Total Matches: 24
Sri Lanka Won: 9
Australia Won: 15
H2H Record at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium:
Total Matches: 3
Sri Lanka Won: 2
Australia Won: 1
According to experts, during the match time, the temperature will remain around 25°C and humidity will be 76%. The speed of the wind will be around 8 km/h and the sky will be full of clouds.
It will be a flat surface with fast outfield in Pallekele. Batsmen will enjoy batting here. Spinners will get help in the latter part of the match. The average first innings score is around 175 runs and the winning percentage of the team batting first is around 55. The captain winning the toss can opt to bat.
Match: Australia will win
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