AUS vs SL Dream11 Prediction: The 1st of the five-match T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka will be played on Friday. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will host the first match and the home side will start as favorites. While the hosts are studded with plenty of proven match-winners in the likes of Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Mathew Wade the touring Sri Lankan side features a couple of new faces and needs to punch above their weight.
This will be the first T20 outing for Australia since they were victorious in last year’s T20 World Cup and will be eying to kick off the campaign on the same note. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be without Kusal Mendis at least for the opening fixture as the Lanka Premier League’s top run-scorer tested Covid positive ahead of the game.
Fixture Name: Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st T20I
Series Name: Sri Lanka Tour of Australia 2022
Date: 11 February
Time: 01:40 PM IST
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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Sydney Cricket Ground has a good batting surface and the average first inning score at the venue in shortest format is around 160. In a total of 10 T20I played here, 4 have been won batting first while 5 have been won bowling first.
Aaron Finch (c)
Matthew Wade (wk)
Aaron Finch Stats in T20I
Aaron Finch will open the innings and in David Warner’s absence, the Aussie skipper will have the added responsibility of getting his team to a solid start. Finch was the leading run-scorer for Melbourne Renegades in the recently concluded BBL edition and will be looking to continue his form. In 10 innings, Finch smashed 386 runs at an average of 38.60 in BBL 2021/22.
Mitchell Starc Stats in T20I
Mitchell Starc was one of the top wicket-takers for Australia in their T20 World Cup triumph and will lead the pace attack. He was in excellent touch in the biggest format, especially with the pink ball, and will be aiming to replicate the same in the shortest format.
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Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
Dasun Shanaka (c)
Wanindu Hasaranga Stats in T20I
Wanindu Hasaranga is the key bowler in the Sri Lankan bowling attack. The no. 1 T20I bowler, Hasanranga has picked up 52 wickets in just 31 T20I and finished as the top wicket-taker in the 2021 T20 Men’s World Cup.
Avishka Fernando Stats in T20I
Avishka Fernando finished second in the top run scorer’s list in the LPL 2021. Playing for Jaffna Kings, Fernando slammed 312 runs in 10 matches at an average of 34.66, including two fifties.
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As per AUS vs SL today match prediction and Australia vs Sri Lanka cricket betting tips, the home side is favorites to win the fixture. The Aussies are riding high on confidence after becoming the T20 World Champions and have the home advantage on their side. Apart from that, the visitors don’t even have their full strength squad and lack a couple of experienced players.
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Wicketkeeper: M Wade, D Chandimal
Batsmen: S Smith, A Finch, A Fernando, C Asalanka
All-rounder: G Maxwell, W Hasaranga
Bowlers: J Hazlewood, M Starc, D Chameera
For Small League, Head-to-Head contests: A Finch, W Hasaranga
For Grand League: M Starc, C Asalanka
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