Australia vs Sri Lanka – Match Preview: Defending champions Australia will lock horns against Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka in their Super 12 match no. 19 of T20 World Cup 2022 on Tuesday, October 25, from 4:30 PM IST onwards at Perth.
Sri Lanka coming from a one-sided victory against Ireland while the Aussies suffered a huge loss in their opening encounter against New Zealand last Saturday.
Match: Australia vs Sri Lanka – Super 12 Group 1 (Match 19)
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth.
Date & Time: October 25, 2022, at 4:30 PM (IST)
Where to Watch Live: Star Sports Network and JIO TV.
The Optus Stadium in Perth features a batting-friendly surface, so the batters will once more try to rack up big runs here. The surface has a decent deal of bounce, which will encourage the pacers to alternate short balls with longer ones. This wicket's bounce will allow the batters to play their shots with confidence. The average score in games played here is 162 runs.
Matches Played: 04
Won by Australia: 03
Won by Sri Lanka: 01
Finch and his men will be looking to bounce back after a big defeat in their opening encounter against the Kiwis. The batting collapse causes damage to their net run rate which they will definitely look to recover from now onwards. However, the good news for the side is their key player Glenn Maxwell scored some runs in the last match after suffering a bad patch since the start of the year.
Coming to the bowlers, except Hazlewood each and every bowler leaked runs against the Kiwis which is a matter of concern for the Aussie side. Australia will be looking to capitalize on crucial moments to grab a win here and make a comeback. The group is looking solid and also a challenging one. Will the defending champions be able to grab their first win here at Perth Stadium?
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Meanwhile, for the Lankans, Shanaka and his team will be looking to keep their winning momentum which they started in their first round of the tournament. After an initial defeat, the Lankans have to grab back-to-back wins in spite of losing some of their crucial players, especially the bowlers. Hasaranga is looking good with Kushal Mendis, who smashed two consecutive half-centuries, and is in his best form, and Lankans are climbing toward the Semis.
Must have to mention Theekshana, who is scalping one or more wickets in every game so far in the tournament. Each and every bowler picked a wicket in their first Super 12 encounter against the Irish side. So, the Lankans have to keep their momentum against the Aussie side which is currently coming from a huge defeat.
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