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Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20I – Match Prediction

The strong Australians will be hosted by Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the three-match series on Tuesday, June 7, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The two teams last met in a five-match T20I series hosted by Australia in February 2022. The visitors had a difficult time as they were defeated 4-1.

While Australia remains a formidable opponent in the format, Sri Lanka has in-form players such as Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Matheesha Pathirana, who performed admirably in the recently concluded IPL 2022. While Hasaranga was a strong contender for the Purple Cap, Rajapaksa was an excellent addition to the Punjab Kings’ batting lineup. As the team prepares to face Australia, Pathirana, commonly known as Jr. Malinga, will be taught by the great pacer himself.

Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20I – Pitch Report

Because the R Premadasa Stadium is not a high-scoring surface, bowlers will gain more than hitters. Spinners are expected to have an advantage over pacers. The captain who wins the toss will want to pursue the game, limiting the opposition to a low score in the first innings. In 42 games, the average first-innings score was 153 runs.

Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20I – Probable XI

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha

Australia

Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood

Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st T20I – Player of the Match Prediction

Pathum Nissanka

The Sri Lankan opener was in good form when the two teams met earlier this year, and he was also the series’ leading scorer. Despite the adverse environment, he was able to settle comfortably. With home advantage this time, he’ll attempt to replicate his previous performance and get the squad off to a winning start.

Wanindu Hasaranga

The pitch is spinner-friendly, so Hasaranga will try to make the most of the situation. He had a fantastic performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022, finishing as the season’s second-highest wicket-taker with 26 scalps. He’s in excellent shape right now and will look to keep it going against Australia.