Fantasy Cricket: Australia vs Sri Lanka T20I III Preview


Australia have won the T20I series with one match left. Sri Lanka now have only pride to play and make it a respectable 2-1. The teams now move to Melbourne for the final match on Friday.

However, the hosts will have to make up for the absence of Glenn Maxwell. He has taken an indefinite leave from cricket. It will help the visitors, but they need to improve their own performances.

Australia Preview

Victories by 134 runs and nine wickets with 42 balls to spare underlined Australia’s dominance. David Warner, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell made sure that their middle-order had little to do. Their bowling was also impressive, although Sri Lanka batting flopped.

Once again it is Warner, who will lead Australia’s show. He needs 63 more runs to have the most number of runs in a bilateral T20I series. On current form, that looks increasingly possible. Adam Zampa and Steve Smith are also impressive fantasy picks.

Sri Lanka Preview

The visitors didn’t do anything in the series to inspire confidence. Melbourne, however, gives Sri Lanka something to cheer. They have won their last two matches at this venue. The pitch will be under scrutiny, but Sri Lanka’s batting will be the focus.

Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka remain the best bets for Sri Lanka. The Lankan bowlers haven’t really clicked, but captain Lasith Malinga remains a choice. Also of interest will be the all-rounder Dasun Shanaka.

Fantasy Players to Watch

David Warner has been in imperious form this series. He will once again lead Australia’s charge. He remains a good fantasy pick for your side.

Kusal Perera looked in good form in the second match. His aggression makes him a good fantasy pick.

Adam Zampa has enjoyed both outings in the series.The leg-spinner is a good choice to continue his good run.

Predicted XIs

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Ashton Turner 5 Ben McDermott 6 Ashton Agar 7 Alex Carey (WK) 8 Pat Cummins 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Billy Stanlake 11 Adam Zampa

Sri Lanka: 1 Avishka Fernando 2 Dhanushka Gunathilaka 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa 4 Oshada Fernando 5 Kusal Perera (WK) 6 Dasun Shanaka 7 Wanindu Hasaranga 8 Lakshan Sandakan 9 Lasith Malinga (C) 10 Isuru Udana 11 Nuwan Pradeep

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