Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match Prediction. Australia decimated Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first test at the Gabba to draw first blood in the two-game series. The hosts will now be aiming for a clean sweep when they take on the visitors in the second and final test that gets underway from February 1 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM local time each day of the match.
- Sri Lanka lost the first test inside three days and the manner of their defeat would have put a massive dent in their confidence.
- Australia’s bowling attack appears vastly superior to that of Sri Lanka’s with Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson looking in ominous form.
- The Sri Lankan batsmen found it very difficult to survive against the Australian pacers at Brisbane and they are likely to struggle at Canberra as well.
Our Pick: Australia
ABOUT THE MATCH
Sri Lanka failed to provide any sort of challenge to the Australians and was rolled over in three days of test cricket. The Australians are on the verge of securing their first series victory since the ball-tampering saga and another comprehensive victory would go a long way in getting the Aussie public back on board with the test team.
The second test between Australia and Sri Lanka is going to be played at Canberra on one of the flattest pitches in the country. Batsmen on both sides should be able to take advantage of the batting conditions and score some big runs. Does Sri Lanka have the resources to be able to win their first ever test match in Australia? Has Australian cricket turned a corner or is it just a false dawn against an underwhelming Sri Lanka side?
Aus vs SL, 2nd Test: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Fox Sports, Sony Ten 3, Sky Sports 2, BT Sports 1, Super Sports
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Foxtel Go, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports
Australia Team News & Playing 11
The Brisbane test witnessed healthy contributions from three Australian batsmen – Travis Head (84), newcomer Marnus Labuschagne (81) and opener Marcus Harris (44). One thing, however, that will concern the hosts is that none of them could go on to score a hundred despite making good starts. Usman Khawaja is the only batsmen in the side who has hit a test century in the past one year. Khawaja has cracked seven centuries in his test career and he will be expected to add one more to his name on the flat Canberra pitch. Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson delivered stellar bowling performances in the opening game, claiming a match haul of ten wickets and five wickets respectively. Cummins was at his destructive best with a four-fer in the first innings and a six-fer in the second and he is likely to cause big trouble for Sri Lanka once again. Nathan Lyon is one of the leading wicket-takers for Australia in test cricket. The off-spinner took just two wickets at the Gabba but he is expected to bounce back strongly at the Manuka Oval.
Australia Predicted Playing 11
- Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson/Marcus Stoinis, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
The Sri Lankan batsmen faltered in both the innings of the first test and Niroshan Dickwella was the only bright spot for the touring side with the bat. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck a half-century in the first innings and the team will want him to score big at Canberra as well. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, both of whom had an excellent last year in the test format, will be expected to make sizeable contributions on the batting-friendly surface of the Manuka Oval. In the absence of their two frontline seamers in Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lanka will rely heavily on Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera to do the job for them with the ball. Lakmal notched up a five-wicket haul at Brisbane and it will be crucial from the team’s perspective that he provides the early breakthroughs with the new ball. Perera is amongst Sri Lanka’s best bowlers in tests with 153 wickets in 37 matches and the off-spinner could test the Australian batsmen once the pitch begins to deteriorate.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
- Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUS : W D L W L
SL : L L D L L
AUS vs SL Head to Head
Australia and Sri Lanka have now played 30 test matches against each other. The hosts have won 18 of those while the visitors have won just 4 with the rest all ending in stalemates.
Australia have four wins while Sri Lanka have three in the last seven encounters between the two countries in the game’s longest format.
In the first test at the Gabba, Sri Lanka elected to bat first after winning the toss and were bowled out for just 144. Australia then scored 323 in their first innings to take a massive 179-run lead. The Lankans, in their second innings, were rolled over for 139 to lose the game by an innings and 40 runs.
Matches Played: 30; Australia Won: 18; Sri Lanka Won: 4; Draw: 8
Australia vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds
Australia start off as overwhelming favorites amongst the bookmakers to win the second test. The hosts are being offered at extremely short odds of 1.13 on Betway, 1.16 on Bet365 and 1.19 on Betfair. Sri Lanka are huge underdogs for this game at a much higher price of 10, 9 and 11 with the respective bookmakers. The odds for this match to end in a draw stand at 12.50 on Betfair and 11 on both Betway and Bet365.
Australia vs Sri Lanka Prediction
Although some rain has been forecast for days three and five of the second test, there should still be enough time for a result. And considering how the first match got wrapped up inside three days, a draw seems to be the least likely outcome here. Australia, after that emphatic innings victory at Brisbane, will be going into this game riding high on confidence as opposed to Sri Lanka who are under pressure to avoid a series whitewash. The visitors struggled big time with the bat last time and it is unlikely that their batting will undergo drastic improvements in such a short period of time. Also, Sri Lanka’s bowling will suffer in the absence of Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera who have been ruled out of this match due to injuries. Australia seem too hot for Sri Lanka in these conditions and we expect the hosts to finish on a high.
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