Australia vs Sri Lanka – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Sunday, October 27th (03:30 UK time)

Where is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Adelaide Oval

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Sri Lanka? 19c and sunshine forecast

What channel is Australia vs Sri Lanka on? This match will be shown live on BT Sport 3

Where can I stream Australia vs Sri Lanka? This match can be streamed live via BT Sport

Where can I get tickets for Australia vs Sri Lanka? Tickets for this match can still be purchased!

LAST MEETING
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia come into this three-match T20 series looking to find some form in this format of the game after only playing two T20 internationals in 2019 and following the ODI World Cup this summer, the spotlight turns to next year’s T20 World Cup which they are hosting next year.
  • Skipper Aaron Finch is a doubt for this opening match with side strain that he picked up in the Sheffield Shield and his absence may lead to Alex Carey moving up the order to open along with David Warner if he does miss this opening game.
  • The Aussies have plenty of quality their ranks and the very fact they could afford to leave out the likes of Chris Lynn and D’Arcy Short is evidence of that while they have named their frontline bowlers with Starc, Cummins, Tye, Stanlake and Richardson forming a fearsome pack of pacemen to call upon.

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka are coming off a shock 3-0 whitewash victory in Lahore over Pakistan as after losing the one-day series, they bounced back in style by outplaying Pakistan with some swashbuckling batting and outstanding bowling to thoroughly deserve the triumph.
  • Several of their more experienced players such as Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella refused to play in that series due to security concerns but the trio all return here to strengthen the team further although it will be interesting to see if they keep faith with the players that shone against Pakistan.
  • One player that will surely keep his place is Wanindu Hasaranga after his spin caused Pakistan all kinds of problems taking eight wickets in those three matches, while the major plus was their batting as the likes of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka and Oshada Fernando all hit half centuries and played with great confidence that they will look to continue in Australia.

THE PREDICTION

This series could be much closer than many people think as Sri Lanka come into this off a sensational 3-0 series win over Pakistan that did not flatter them at all. Australia have plenty of quality in their ranks but many of their players have not played this form of the game much recently and the national team has only had two matches so far in 2019 and they were earlier in the year. Much will depend on how Sri Lanka adapt to conditions and that will be their biggest challenge, but expect them to push the home side all the way in this opener and potentially catch them cold.

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