Cricket Tips & Preview – Sri Lanka V Australia (3rd T20I)

Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the third T20I clash of Australia’s tour to Sri Lanka, with the home side looking to avoid a cleansweep defeat.

23:30 (AEST), Sat 11th Jul @ Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

History: Played 24: Australia 15 V Sri Lanka 9

Last meeting: June 8, 2022: Australia d Sri Lanka by 3 wickets (13 balls remaining) at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Final Thoughts: T20 world champions Australia are gunning for a series cleansweep in Sri Lanka after relatively emphatic victories in the first two encounters in Colombo.

Australia carved out a 10-wicket win in game one and a three-wicket victory in the second clash. Sri Lanka will be eager to tune up for October’s World Cup with a morale-boosting result in Kandy.

The hosts were on track to set a formidable target in the series opener after Danushka Gunathilaka (26 off 15), Pathum Nissanka (36 off 31) and Charith Asalanka (38 off 34) steered them to 1/100 in the 12th over. But Sri Lanka collapsed spectacularly to be all out for 128 in the final over. Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva (17 off 15) was the only batter outside the top three to score more than one run.

Josh Hazlewood (4/16) and Mitchell Starc (3/26) tore through the Sri Lankan line-up. Kane Richardson (1/22) also picked up a wicket, while there were two run outs. Skipper Aaron Finch – under pressure after struggling at international level for some time – scored an unbeaten 61 off 40 balls, including four sixes. Opening partner David Warner finished 70 not out off 44 balls, smashing nine boundaries as they cruised home with six overs to spare.

Bowlers dominate Game 2

It was a similar story batting-wise for Sri Lanka in game two. Asalanka (39 off 33) and Kusal Mendis (36 off 36) put on 67 for the third wicket before another collapse saw the Lions limp to 9/124. Kane Richardson (4/30), Jhye Richardson (3/26) and Glenn Maxwell (2/18) ensured Sri Lanka struggled to build any momentum.

Finch (24 off 13) and Warner (21 off 10) made starts but Australia’s middle order struggled and things were looking tenuous at 7/99. But keeper Matthew Wade steered the tourists home with an unbeaten, run-a-ball 26. Wanindu Hasaranga (4/33) caused the Aussies some real problems, removing several dangermen.

Australia have now won 10 of their last 11 T20Is against Sri Lanka, having romped to a 4-1 series win on home soil in February.

The visitors are just $1.27 to complete a 3-0 rout. World Cup hero Mitchell Marsh was out for 11 at first drop in game two – his first at bat in the series – but he’ll be fizzing for the opportunity to pile on some runs in Kandy.

Tip: Top Australia Batter – Mitchell Marsh @ $5.00