Australia vs Sri Lanka – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Friday, November 1st (08:10 UK time)

Where is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Melbourne Cricket Ground

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Sri Lanka? 30c with cloud but no rain 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 9 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia's dominance over Sri Lanka continued on Wednesday as they bowled the tourists out for just 117 in 19 overs, before David Warner and Steve Smith hit unbeaten fifties to lead them to an emphatic victory with seven overs to spare.
  • After sealing the series, the hosts will be keen to whitewash Sri Lanka with a win in Melbourne here, though they may consider one or two changes with Mitchell Starc back after missing the second match due to this brother’s wedding but they may decide to give Sean Abbott an opportunity here also.
  • The form of David Warner has been the major positive of this series so far with an unbeaten century and fifty in the opening two matches but their bowlers have a clear dominance over the Sri Lankan batsmen and they will look for that to continue here.

SRI LANKA

  • After their series win over Pakistan earlier this month, Sri Lanka have come crashing back down to earth in this series having been completely dominated in the opening two T20 matches and the mission in Melbourne is to regain some pride and push the hosts harder.
  • The batting has struggled badly in coping with the formidable Australian bowling attack in both matches so far with none of their batsmen managing to go on and make a big score despite several making a start.
  • While the batsmen have struggled, the bowlers have not fared any better having taken just three wickets and conceding 351 runs in just 33 overs in the series so far and the selectors will surely consider making some changes to rotate their beleaguered side.

THE PREDICTION

Australia have been sensational in this series so far and have hammered Sri Lanka whether they have batted or bowled first. While the pressure may be off slightly now after winning the series ahead of what is now a dead rubber, competition for places is high and they will be eager to maintain this form ahead of the upcoming series against Pakistan. Sri Lanka do not appear able to stand up against their bowling attack while their bowlers are unable to dent the Australian top order. That is likely to continue in Melbourne and a whitewash is on the cards.

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