About the Match
has finally reached its knockout stages, and on Monday, June 17th, the last league game group game would be played between Australia and Sri Lanka. The importance of this game can be justified by the fact that the winner goes through, if New Zealand wins the game on the day before. Even if New Zealand does not win in the game against England, they do have a chance to qualify if Australia beats Sri Lanka in this game. Sri Lanka would be looking to take revenge of 2007 WC final by knocking Australia out of this tournament whereas Australia would be looking to come out of all the controversial mess and win this game.
Australian squad hasn’t really played like they are defending champions. Out of two matches they’ve played so far, they lost one to England and the other one lost to rain. There batting didn’t really performed well in the washed out game as well. Barring George Bailey, no top order batsman has managed to reach half-century mark. Voges has shown some glimpses, but he too has failed to impress. However, exactly opposite to their batting performance, their bowlers have lived up to the expectations. Clint Mckay has bowled well with good support from Faulkner and Starc. Watson is a key player and fills in the vacant spots both in batting and bowling. Australia is still a very good side on paper, and if they show their strength on field too, they can be difficult to deal with.
Sri Lanka’s dismal performance in their first game against New Zealand is now overshadowed by their merciless win over England in the second match. Sri Lanka does not have much experience in the bowling department with Lasith Malinga being the only bowler with considerable experience. Their batting has the excellent mixture of youth and experience with Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene leading it from front. Under the captaincy of Angello Mathews, Sri Lanka is looking a really dangerous side. Considering Malinga effect and the form their batting is in, they’d be very tough customer.
It is an important game as semifinalists’ spot is up for grabs. Sri Lanka has reached the semifinal stage of almost every ICC event in recent past. Australia too has performed well in the ICC events. Can Sri Lanka beat Australia to book yet another knockout spot? Sri Lanka has performed well in all the matches they’ve played so far. Australia, on the other hand, has looked scratchy in each and every game. On paper, Sri Lanka looks to be a better side. Form also favors Sri Lanka and considering both form and overall team balance, I’d go with Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, 1.90 @ Bet365
The senior statesmen of Sri Lanka form the backbone of their batting lineup. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene had an IPL season they’d love to forget. Sangakkara has looked in sublime touch in England and Jayawardene seems to be getting there. With Sangakkara coming up the order and his ability and knack of playing big innings in big games makes the following bet lucrative.
Sangakkara v Jayawardene - Batsman Match
Kumar Sangakkara, 1.73 @ William Hill