With the T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka moving to Melbourne, Sri Lanka will be hoping for a change in fortunes with the new venue. They got off to a good start in the series, but they couldn’t win a single game. While Australia is 3-0 up in the series, they still haven’t won a game.
There are only two matches remaining in the series, and both teams are desperate to win as many as possible before the ICC T20I World Cup, which will be held in Australia. It is expected that Sri Lankans will be able to adjust to Melbourne’s larger playing surface, which should even things out.
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, will host the fourth match of the Australia-Sri Lanka series on February 18, 2022.
AUS vs SL Team Previews
Australia is now undefeated in T20Is since losing to England in last year’s ICC T20I World Cup. They beat Sri Lanka in the third match of the series. The two remaining games in the series are effectively a foregone conclusion, so they may want to experiment with their lineup a bit more now that they’ve won.
Experimenting with fringe players like Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, and Ashton Agar has already been successful, showing that they have an abundance of talent available to them in the shorter format of cricket. While the Australians will be pleased with their overall performance, there are still many gaps in their batting that they wish to fill.
The performance of Australia’s skipper Aaron Finch, who has been awful thus far, will be the primary focus in the remaining matches. The aggression with which he is known to score has been missing for a long time, despite a 35-point performance in the most recent match. Sri Lankan spinners have also proven difficult for the Australians to bat against, aside from his form. Since spinners are expected to play a significant role in the World Cup due to the larger fields and higher stakes, Australia will strive to improve its performance against spin.
From a macroeconomic point of view, there isn’t much that Australia would like to alter. However, we don’t expect them to make any major shifts in the way they operate. They’ve just won three games in a row, so they’ll be full of confidence. To be more effective against spinners, they’ll be working harder than they have in the past. In this upcoming match, if the Australians are able to put on a complete performance, Sri Lanka will have little hope of winning for the fourth time this series.
Australia Playing 11
Ashton Agar, Ben McDermott, Aaron Finch (c), Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Daniel Sams, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.
Sri Lanka proved to the world last year that they can compete in the shortest format of the game with a respectable showing at the ICC T20I World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates. The Australians’ batting has been below average thus far because they have yet to adjust to the larger Australian grounds. Just two matches remain before they fly out to India to face India, and they need to get their playing XI in order as well as build some momentum.
They have performed much better than the score indicates despite being trailing 3-0 in the series. Australian batsmen have been repeatedly rattled by Maheesh Theekshana’s bowling, and they are eager to take advantage of the larger Melbourne wickets. Even though Sri Lanka’s bowlers have been impressive, the team’s performance at the plate and on the field has been appalling. Sloppy play on the field was a major factor in their match-up with the second-best team in Canberra.
On the batting front, Sri Lanka has had a difficult time establishing middle-order partnerships. Wanindu Hasaranga, a key cog in both offence and defence, is expected to be absent for the second straight game. Even without Hasaranga, Sri Lanka has a solid eleven, but they’ve been lacking in execution thus far. A win against the Aussies in the one-over eliminator was their only close call, but they have otherwise struggled mightily.
Sri Lanka’s bowling has already made an impression on observers around the world. In contrast, their batting has been abysmal so far, and it’s time to fix that. They will have a great opportunity to win against an Australian team that may have a few more rested players. If Sri Lanka can improve their performance with the bat and on the field without compromising their bowling, they will be in the driver’s seat.
Sri Lanka Playing 11
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (C), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersey, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Shiran Fernando.
AUS VS SL DREAM11 PREDICTION
Check out the Dream11 lineup for Australia vs. Sri Lanka’s 4th Twenty20 International. After the coin toss, be sure to return to this page to see the most current team information.
AUS VS SL PLAYING 11
- D Chandimal
- P Nissanka
- Marcus Stoinis
- A Finch
- Charith Asalanka
- Glenn Maxwell
- W Hasaranga (vc)
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Dushmanta Chameera
- Kane Richardson
- J Hazelwood (c)
On our Dream11 guide, you can find more Dream11 predictions and other useful information.
AUS VS SL BETTING TIPS
This match may be a dead rubber from a series standpoint, but it is one of the most important matches of the year from a World Cup perspective. Australia has the advantage of being at home, and they’ve taken full advantage of it thus far. Although they are spirited, Sri Lanka lacks the X-Factor to make it past the halfway point. It is clear that the Australians are the superior team in this series, but at least one or two players from the Australian camp will be rested for the upcoming match. It’s also likely that the larger Melbourne wicket sizes will be more favourable to the Sri Lankan spinners. As a result, and in light of the favourable odds we’re getting on a Sri Lankan victory, betting on that outcome makes perfect sense. In this fourth and final game of the series, take a stand on Sri Lanka’s victory.