Cricket Betting: Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 Preview

February 18, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips


Sri Lanka continued their recent good form in T20Is by edging out Australia in the first T20I by five wickets. The teams now are set to clash at Geelong for the 2nd T20 on Sunday, February 19. With the series on line, an exciting clash is on the cards!

Can the Aussies find some consistency?
It was a case of mixed emotions for the Big Bash star-laden Australian side at the MCG. While captain Aaron Finch and Michael Klinger set a nice platform, other batsmen barring Travis Head couldn’t make full utilization.

With the ball too, barring the spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Turner, the attack looked devoid of ideas. A small portion of the blame should also fall on Finch for having not made the right choices at right times.

There could be changes to their line-up for Geelong with Ben Dunk a great chance to sneak into the side. Also, Billy Stanlake’s position in the side remains under huge threat.

What a momentum for Sri Lanka!
What a difference momentum makes in this game! Sri Lanka are reaping the benefits of a successful T20I run as they set their sights on clinching the series with a game to spare.

Batting clicked well for the Sri Lankans barring the failure of their captain Upul Tharanga. With the ball too, the successful return of Lasith Malinga is refreshing and adds so much teeth to this side. And of course, the slew of slow-bowling options makes them a tough unit to get away easily!

There’s no pressing need for Tharanga to change his side although Nuwan Kulasekara’s failure to plug the runs may force a rethink.

Odds
Market is still benevolent to the Aussies as the odds of $1.44 (Ladbrokes) for an Australian win signify. The visitors are offered odds of $2.88 (William Hill) to win this game and there’s no reason why that can’t be your value pick!

Finch looks to be making the most of his chances and back him to continue his purple patch at the top of the order – which also gives him a chance to play longer. Back him at odds of $3.75 (bet365) to be the hosts’ best batsman.

Among the bowlers, Zampa at odds of $4.33 (bet365) looks a good punt to be the top Aussie while Malinga at odds of $4 (bet365) is a decent pick to back ending up as Sri Lankan top bowler.

TIP: Finch to be leading Australian run scorer – $3.75 at bet365

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