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T20 World Cup Preview: Australia vs Sri Lanka

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Australia will be keen for a good comeback in the match against Sri Lanka after the massive defeat against the Kiwis in their opening game. 

Australia and Sri Lanka will face each other in the 19th match of this T20 World Cup 2022 at the Optus Stadium, Perth on Tuesday (25th October). 

The defending champions Australia suffered an unexpected defeat against New Zealand in their opening match.

Chasing a huge total of 201 runs, Australia was bowled out for just 111 runs to suffer a humiliating defeat of 89 runs.

Maxwell was the top scorer for his side with 28 runs off 20 balls. 

Meanwhile, the Asia Cup Champions Sri Lanka thrashed Ireland in their first Super 12 game after qualifying for the main round.

Bowling first, they restricted Ireland to just 128-8 and later chased the total with the loss of just 1 wicket and 5 overs to spare.

Kusal Mendis and Charith Asalanka remained unbeaten on 68 and 31 runs respectively. 

Where to watch

This match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network while the Live streaming will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app & web. 

Match Details:

Teams – Australia vs Sri Lanka 

Date – 25th October 2022

Time – 4:30 PM IST

Venue –   Optus Stadium, Perth 

Average 1st innings total 

The average 1st innings score at the Optus Stadium, Perth is 155 runs. 

Head-to-Head record in T20Is:

Here is the head-to-head record between Australia and Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals. 

Total Matches Played – 25

Australia won – 15

Sri Lanka won – 10

Tie/ No Result – 0

Pitch Report:

The pitch in Perth offers some extra bounce that assists both the batters and bowlers.

The fast bowlers will cause trouble in the initial stages but the batters seem to enjoy batting on this wicket as the game progresses.

The skipper winning the toss might like to bowl first and chase the total in the second innings on this pitch. 

Weather Report:

The temperature is expected to hover around 18°C on the match day with 62% humidity and 28 km/hr wind speed.

There are no chances of precipitation during the match.

Possible Playing XI:

Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams, 

Australia:

David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(wk), Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Sri Lanka:

Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

Who will win? 

Sri Lanka has played excellent cricket since their humiliating defeat to the Namibian side. They have won their next 3 games and can give a tough fight to the home side on Tuesday. 

On the other hand, Australia will be hopeful for a quick turnaround to stay alive in the competition. They have a better batting and bowling unit as compared to Sri Lanka. 

Hence, we predict that Australia will beat Sri Lanka in the 19th of this T20 World Cup 2022. 

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