Our online cricket betting analysis and Australia v Sri Lanka betting predictions are coming up next so keep on reading because we’re going to talk you through all the important factors ahead of this important match at the World Cup.
Australia are heavy favourites to win and though they should get there in the end, a plucky Sri Lanka side may give them a few scares along the way.
So our betting strategy needs to be spot on for this one and we’re about to reveal what it is!
The match will take place at Perth Stadium on Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 pm IST and should be a good one, so keep on reading.
If Murphy’s Law is that ‘everything that can possibly go wrong, will’ then that’s pretty much what happened to Australia in their opening match against New Zealand.
Well, not quite everything. At least they won the toss and in this case, they decided to field first.
But from the very first over, it was all New Zealand.
Finn Allen scored plenty of early boundaries and when he eventually got out for 41, Devon Conway took over.
The keeper/batsman scored a brilliant 92 not out off just 58 balls to win the man-of-the-match award as all of Australia’s bowlers struggled on the day.
In reply, David Warner was extremely unlucky with his dismissal but that set the wheels in motion for a series of wickets that saw Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Tim David and Mathew Wade all out for less than 20.
Glenn Maxwell did his best to steady the ship with 28 off 20 but with so many wickets tumbling and the required run rate constantly rising, it was always going to be an uphill task and in the end they came nowhere near to chasing New Zealand’s 200/3.
All of which means Australia are properly up against it.
Not only did they lose but the margin of the defeat means they have a really poor net run rate (NRR).
That means they’re likely to need to win all their matches from this point onwards but they’ll also need to seriously improve that NRR with a couple of big wins.
Even then, they may have to wait for other results to go their way.
But right now, they need to focus 100% on just winning their next match.
The Aussies aren’t the sort of side to panic so they may well stick with the same XI that lost to New Zealand.
These two have played each other plenty of times in T20Is: 25 times to be exact.
Australia have won 15 of those with Sri Lanka coming up on top on 10 occasions.
But it’s been all Australia of late. They beat them 4-1 in Australia in February of this year and Australia also won a series 2-1 in Sri Lanka in June.
Venue & conditions
We’re at Perth for this one.
Normally this is a high-scoring ground but that certainly wasn’t the case when England played Afghanistan here on Saturday.
There was plenty of pace and bounce for the England quicks to explore, which included Sam Curran taking five wickets as Afghanistan could muster just 112.
And that target certainly wasn’t a walk in the park for England chasing a sub-par total.
Not only was there something in the wicket for the fast bowlers in the first innings but Afghanistan’s spinners found plenty of turn in the second innings.
So if Sri Lanka bat first, they could find this a tough task and it might be worth going under 140 first innings runs against an Australian attack that had a bad day at the office on Saturday but are generally very good in their own conditions.
But if Australia bat first, they could take advantage of a depleted Sri Lanka attack and could well post 165 or more if they get going.
There’s an outside chance of rain but we should get a completed match and with any luck, not lose any overs to the weather.