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Defending champions Australia will take on the Asian champions Sri Lanka in the 19th match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Optus Stadium in Perth. The home side comes into the contest after a damaging defeat to Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in their opening Super 12 fixture.
Meanwhile, their opponents, Sri Lanka dispatched Ireland with nonchalance in their first Super 12 clash after qualifying for the main tournament. The Islanders are one of the dark horses for the tournament given their miraculous Asia Cup triumph earlier this year.
Australia will be hoping to get back to winning ways but will face a stiff challenge from the subcontinent side, who are no pushovers and can hurt the Aussies if taken lightly.
Australia vs Sri Lanka, Match 19, T20 World Cup 2022
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
Date and Time: October 25, 4:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
The extra bounce on offer at the Optus Stadium in Perth aids both the batters and bowlers. While the bowlers can trouble the batters in the initial stages, batters seem to enjoy batting on the surface as the match progresses. The team winning the toss might opt to bat first in hope of setting a massive total.
Probable Playing XIs for AUS vs SL
David Warner, Aaron Finch(c), Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Matthew Wade(wk), Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
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
Probable Top Performers from AUS vs SL
Probable best batter: David Warner
Australia’s explosive opener David Warner had a rare quiet outing in the previous encounter after he was dismissed in one of the most unfortunate ways imaginable. The Southpaw’s form in last year’s edition was crucial for his team’s success and the Aussies will be relying on the veteran cricketer yet again this year.
Probable best bowler: Wanindu Hasaranga
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga is the joint-highest wicket-taker in this year’s tournament with nine scalps to his name, as his unique deliveries remain a mystery to the batters. His form is key for the islanders if they wish to go deep in the T20 World Cup.
Also Check: Dream11 Team Prediction for AUS vs SL
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.