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Australia favoured to win first T20 against Sri Lanka

Mon, Sep 5, 1:21pm by Jake Equid

Sri Lanka v Australia – First T20

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 6 11:30pm

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

TV: Fox Sports

The World Champions have turned around their tour of Sri Lanka in spectacular fashion after stand-in skipper David Warner crowned his first series win as Australian captain with a century.

The teams remain in Kandy which is located in the central province for the opening match of the T20 series. Sportsbet has installed Australia at a $1.66 favourite to start the T20 series where they left off the ODI series with a win, Sri Lanka is at $2.23.

Australia were clinical on Sunday in wrapping up the ODI series 4-1. Mitchell Starc lead the charge with the ball, finishing with three wickets to restrict the hosts to a mediocre 195. The visitors never looked in trouble, defeating Sri Lanka by five wickets with seven overs to spare.

Having endured a lean trot during the Test match whitewash (163 runs at 27.16) and the first four ODIs (38 at 9.5), Warner capped off a trying couple of months with a landmark 106.

Australia’s extremely poor run of results in Test cricket on subcontinental pitches has been much publicised but their 50-over results over the past five years have been quite outstanding. With 12 wins from 18 ODIs in that period, Australia’s winning ratio of 66.67 per cent exceeds even India in Asia (65.52) and is markedly superior to Bangladesh (52.08), Afghanistan (51.65), Sri Lanka (50) and Pakistan (44.43).

There will be a couple of forced changes to the Aussie line-up after a horror night on the injury front. Stocky opening batsmen Aaron Finch fractured his finger before Chris Lynn dislocated his shoulder in on Sunday. Both players have been ruled out of this one.

A man who was unlucky not to be named in the squad anyway, Matthew Wade will now take Lynn’s place in the T20 squad. ODI Player of the Series George Bailey will also stay for Tuesday’s match in Finch’s absence.

Sri Lanka’s top order struggled throughout the ODI series and will need to lift if they are to bounce back in the T20’s. Pallekele has historically been one of the more seam-friendly venues in the country, with the ball tending to nip around under lights especially which will suit the Aussies.


BEST BET: Australia to win: $1.66

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